Craig Harris/Macon County Times Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star Parker Maddox delivers a fifth-inning pitch.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star Parker Maddox delivers a fifth-inning pitch.

WESTMORELAND -- The Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star squad combined for 38 runs in its three games in the area tournament.

However, runs were at a premium on Saturday evening at the Westmoreland Little League baseball complex, with the Lafayette squad suffering a 4-1 loss to Smith County.

"That's a solid team," Lafayette head coach Matt Polston said of Smith County. "They've been playing together quite a while. We knew it was a challenge.

"If we would have minimized our mistakes, we would have been right there. We just couldn't get it done."

Lafayette's lone run came in the top of the first inning.

Soup Woodard reached on a two-out, infield single, moved into scoring position thanks to a passed ball and scored on a single off of the bat of Braylan Flowers.

However, Lafayette was only able to produce two more hits the rest of the way.

Three Smith County pitchers -- starter Kyle Adams, Neil Brown and Abe Goolsby -- combined to strike out 11 batters while issuing just one base on balls.

"I'd give more credit to their pitching staff," Polston said. "We've hit the ball well all postseason. If we could have just gotten the bat on the ball, I think we would have been ok.

"It's pitching our boys haven't seen all year long. It's tough to catch up to."

Smith County responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first.

Goolsby's two-out single up the middle preceded Brodie Sykes' run-scoring triple to rightfield. Sykes scored when Brown's hard-hit, ground ball was mishandled, giving Smith County all of the run support that it would need.

Adams tripled in the bottom of the second inning and scored thanks to a passed ball, and the game's final run came when Kylan Johnson's two-out single drove in Tucker Smith in the fourth inning.

The Lafayette pitchers -- Hunter Patterson, Woodard and Parker Maddox -- worked out of numerous jams to keep their squad within striking distance. Smith County stranded two runners in scoring position in three different innings.

That Lafayette pitching trio struck out six hitters and issued one base on balls.

"The pitchers pitched well enough to win the ballgame," Polston said. "We just had to help them with giving them more run support."

Lafayette had two runners on base with one out in the second inning -- after John Marsh reached on an error and Jacob Hunt singled -- but pinch runner Landon Connor was caught stealing at third base to halt that threat.

Lafayette didn't produce another baserunner until Connor drew a fifth-inning walk.

Patterson singled to lead off the sixth inning, and Flowers was hit by a pitch.

However, Goolsby induced the next hitter -- Marsh -- to ground into a game-ending forceout.

Lafayette fell into the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament and was slated to face Westmoreland, a 9-0 loser to Gallatin in its district opener earlier on Saturday evening. Lafayette captured a 1-0 victory over Westmoreland when the two teams played in the area tournament.

Gallatin and Smith County were scheduled to play earlier on Monday evening in the winner's bracket final.