Craig Harris/Macon County Times Lafayette coach-pitch all-star Owen Pitts starts to swing at a third-inning pitch during Thursday evening’s 16-13 win over Gallatin.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Lafayette coach-pitch all-star Owen Pitts starts to swing at a third-inning pitch during Thursday evening’s 16-13 win over Gallatin.

HARTSVILLE -- The Lafayette coach-pitch all-star squad made some adjustments over the last two weeks.

Those modifications paid significant dividends on Saturday after as Lafayette captured the championship of a six-team tournament that was played at Hartsville City Park with a 15-2, four-inning victory over the Westmoreland red team.

"I told the kids after the game that I loved coaching them," Lafayette head coach Matt Barlow said. "I was extremely proud of them. We had a really good bunch of kids."

Lafayette opened play with last Thursday evening's 16-13 victory over Gallatin.

Lafayette -- which consists of players ages 7 and 8 -- won four of its five games in a tournament played in Westmoreland days earlier, earning the No. 2 seed for the tournament in Hartsville. Their lone loss was an 11-5 setback to Westmoreland in the previous tournament.

"Westmoreland has a good team," Barlow said. "They play good defense and hit the ball well."

However, Lafayette advanced to Saturday's championship game with a 14-10 win over Westmoreland on Saturday morning.

"Our team came to life hitting the ball," Barlow said. "They were just hitting the ball."

Westmoreland won its next contest to reach the title game but ran out of gas against Lafayette.

"We made a few adjustments," Barlow said. "We really only had a couple of practices. We put the all-stars together and then started the games.

"We made a couple of adjustments that helped. Our first baseman (Aiden Barlow) went to shortstop, and we moved our pitcher to first base (Bryson Jones). That was Westmoreland's third game (on Saturday). I know they were zired. Their kids played their hearts out."

In the championship game, Lafayette scored five runs -- which is the most runs a team is allowed to score in one inning -- in two separate frames.

"Everybody on the team hit the ball," Barlow said. "Nobody struck out. They hit line drives. We talked about hitting line drives.

"We tried to make Westmoreland make plays."

Lafayette also made some plays defensively that limited Westmoreland's offensive production. The game ended when Aiden Barlow -- the shortstop -- caught a fly ball in shallow leftfield.

"We had big plays in the outfield," Matt Barlow said. "Issac Keith came in and caught a couple of balls that kept runs from coming in.

"Big plays made a difference."

The game ended after four innings due to the 10-run, mercy rule after four innings of play.

• Lafayette had to hold on to win Thursday's opener.

Gallatin was the No. 3 seed and actually opened play one night earlier, defeating the sixth-seeded Westmoreland white team to advance to face Lafayette on Thursday.

Lafayette built a 12-4 lead but saw that advantage dwindle to a single run before holding on.

The two teams went toe to toe in the first inning, with Lafayette responding to Gallatin's four-run outburst in the top of the frame by producing five runs in the bottom of the inning. Jones, Brody Gregory, Aiden Barlow, Hudson Patterson and Taye Wix all scored for Lafayette in the opening frame, and Gallatin's defensive miscues helped Deacon Green, Garrett Evetts and Owen Pitts to cross the plate in the bottom of the second for an 8-4 advantage.

Wix doubled to drive in Patterson in the bottom of the third, and both Evetts and Pitts had run-scoring singles later in the frame. In addition to Patterson's run, Evetts, Wix and Lane Oliver also crossed the plate in the third, extending the Lafayette lead to 12-4.

Lafayette committed three errors in the top of the fourth, helping Gallatin storm back by scoring five runs.

Barlow and Keith singled and scored in the bottom of the fourth to stretch the margin back to five runs (14-9), but Gallatin continued its comeback attempt by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth to pull to within a run.

Green doubled to drive in Oliver in the bottom of the fifth, and Pitts singled in Green with another insurance run.

In the sixth and final inning, the first two Gallatin batters reached base safely before a strikeout preceded a ground ball to Gregory, the third baseman. Gregory fielded the ball and was able to get a forceout at third base.

Then, a ground ball to Patterson, the second baseman, was fielded cleanly, and he threw to Barlow at first base to end the game.