Craig Harris/Macon County Times Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star head coach Matt Polston talks with Landon Warner prior to his fourth-inning at-bat.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star head coach Matt Polston talks with Landon Warner prior to his fourth-inning at-bat.

WESTMORELAND -- The Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star squad produced just four hits in an elimination game against District 2 Tournament host Westmoreland on July 2.

However, Lafayette managed to make the most of those hits, advancing with a 6-4 victory.

"We've only been playing together for a couple of weeks, but I've known these kids their whole lives," Lafayette head coach Matt Polston said. "They tend to get down at times.

"Before the game, I said, 'give me two things ... 100 percent effort and positive attitudes.' I felt like they did a good job. We got the lead, gave it up and got it back again."

Lafayette struck early on, with Braylon Flowers reaching on a two-out single in the top of the first and then scoring when John Marsh reached base safely thanks to a throwing error.

Landon Warner followed with a run-scoring double to leftfield.

Lafayette starting pitcher Jacob Hunt retired five of the first six hitters that he faced, but the left-hander issued four base on balls with two outs in the bottom of the second inning.

"I was hoping for two or three innings out of (Hunt)," Polston said. "It worked out for about 12/3 innings, but we had trouble getting that last out (of the second)."

That brought Flowers on in relief, and he hit the first batter he faced to tie the contest at 2.

However, Flowers escaped further damage when shortstop Hunter Patterson made a lunging stab of a ground ball. Patterson threw to Hayes Polston at second base for the inning-ending forceout.

Flowers settled down from there though. In his 4 and 1/3 innings of relief, Flowers allowed just two hits, issued two base on balls and struck out four hitters.

"You hate to put a kid in with the bases loaded, but he came in and did a good job," Polston said. "Last year, that (hitting the first batter he faced) would have completely rattled him, but he worked through it, battled back and got it done."

A third-inning fielding error allowed Westmoreland's Collin Johnson to score the go-ahead run, but Lafayette responded by producing four runs in the top of the fourth to regain control.

Kellen Hire drew the first of four consecutive base on balls, and he scored on an errant throw from the catcher back to the pitcher.

Flowers reached on an infield single to drive in Hayden Dean, and Marsh was hit by a bases-loaded pitch to force in Patterson.

Polston scored when Warner reached thanks to a fielding error, giving Lafayette a 6-3 lead.

"Once we flipped the lineup and saw (Westmoreland starting pitcher Dakota Dufresne) for the second time, they were more comfortable up there (at the plate)," Polston said. "They swung at good pitches and not at the bad ones. That's the baseball you have to play (in order to win)."

Westmoreland added a run when Colby Werner doubled and scored on Jacob Roberts' groundout in the fifth inning.

The game ended when Patterson fielded a sixth-inning ground ball up the middle, stepped on second base for a forceout and threw to first base to complete a double play.

The two teams were playing in an elimination game after each suffered a loss in their district opener on June 30, with Lafayette dropping a 4-1 contest to Smith County and Westmoreland suffering a 9-0 loss to Gallatin.

Lafayette also defeated Westmoreland in the two teams' final game of the area tournament in Portland, a 1-0 victory.