COLUMBIA Matt Crowe and company don’t want to stop playing.
At the 8-10 age level, however, the state tournament is the summit.
Boyd County’s softball All-Stars are the undefeated state champions after knocking out South London, 12-0, in four innings on Wednesday.
Taylor Blevins assembled another masterful performance from the circle. She threw a perfect game, striking out 11 of the 12 batters she faced. The one South London player who made contact grounded out to first baseman Emilee Bush.
In four state tournament games, Blevins recorded three no-hitters, including Wednesday’s flawless outing. Boyd County outscored its opponents, 38-3, in the quartet of contests. Blevins allowed just one hit and pitched all but one frame in Columbia. Gracie Crowe had the other inning.
After fanning the final batter on Wednesday, Blevins reacted as subdued as usual.
“Everybody’s screaming, jumping up and down, but Taylor, not so much,” Crowe said. “She doesn’t show emotion. She just walked (out of the circle) like she always does.”
Bonnie Smith, Lauren Craft, Elyn Simpkins and Jadyn Goad were each 2 for 2. Smith accounted for two RBIs on a smash to right field. Goad also drove in a pair.
Simpkins, Goad and Bush are just 8 years old.
Savannah Henderson caught Blevins superbly, according to Crowe.
“I’m not saying nobody else could’ve done it, but nobody else could’ve done it like she did it,” Crowe said. “She really just started catching maybe six months ago. She’s got a rocket for an arm back there. She’s a very tough kid. She probably took five foul balls to the toe or to the hand and never once came out.”
Henderson was 2 for 3 at the dish on Wednesday.
Boyd County 8-10s also represented District 6 at the state tournament last year, but it was a different team as several of those players are gunning for a state title as 10-12s now.
“We’re not a big team, but we’re just sound,” said Crowe, whose daughter Gracie is 10. “We do our thing.”
Crowe said he hates to see the successful journey end.
“We could do some damage anywhere, I think,” Crowe said. “I felt like this team could make a run if there was a 10U Little League World Series. I think we’d be right in it.”