Craig Harris/Macon County Times Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star Luke Gammon delivers a pitch.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star Luke Gammon delivers a pitch.

WESTMORELAND -- Three Lafayette Little League 11-12-year-old all-star pitchers combined on a one-hitter in the team's area tournament opener on June 25.

However, the Lafayette contingent managed just one hit itself, suffering a 3-0 loss to Westmoreland at the Westmoreland Little League complex.

"Our jitters will subside," Lafayette coach Jason Brawner said. "We have to hit the baseball.

"To hit the baseball against those (Westmoreland) pitchers is tough. Base hits are hard to come by."

The start of the three-team tournament was delayed four days due to rain that postponed games on the previous Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Lafayette starting pitcher Chase Keene retired the first six hitters he faced, but a mishandled bunt in the bottom of the third inning allowed Key Harris to reach base safely. Harris stole second base, moved to third base thanks to a throwing error and scored the game's first run thanks to a wild pitch.

Cason Gregory came on in relief of Keene after Kyler Abell drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth, but Lafayette catcher Koye Russell threw Abell out attempting to steal third base.

However, Gregory ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth, issuing back-to-back walks to Kaleb Farley and Landon Carter.

That brought Luke Gammon on in relief, but Farley and Carter eventually scored thanks to wild pitches.

Gammon worked out a bases-loaded jam to end the inning without further damage.

The three Lafayette pitchers combined to issue four base on balls and strike out six hitters over five innings.

"They did fantastic," Brawner said. "They came together fantastic.

"The pitchers did a great job. The catcher did a great job. The battery did great."

Abell and Miles Fitzpatrick combined to pitch the first five innings for Westmoreland, with Fitzpatrick carrying the no-hitter into the sixth.

Keene drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, but after Carter came on in relief, Keene was picked off of first base.

Carter recorded a strikeout before Isaac McClard ended the no-hit bid with a two-out single down the rightfield line.

Then, Gregory reached safely when his hard-hit ground ball to the right side of the infield was mishandled.

However, with the tying run at the plate, Carter ended the game with a strikeout.

"That was a fantastic team," Brawner said. "They're well-coached, and they're fundamentally-sound."

Lafayette's other opportunity to score came in the second inning when Matthew Wheeley drew a leadoff walk, and Garik Davis was hit by a pitch. Both baserunners advanced thanks to a wild pitch, but Abell struck out the next two hitters to escape the jam.

The three Westmoreland pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts.

"They're 10, 11, 12-year-old kids," Brawner said. "These boys are playing hard. We had a few mistakes, but as long as they are having fun, that's what it's all about."

• Lafayette was eliminated with a 3-2 loss to Portland one night later.

Two teams - Portland and Westmoreland - from the three-team tournament advanced to play in the district tournament.

Lafayette took an early lead as Keene doubled in the first inning to drive in Markus Jones.

Portland took the lead with a two-run third inning.

Lafayette rallied in the top of the sixth, with Landon Connor singling to drive in Bransen Capps with the tying run.

However, a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth drove in the winning run for Portland.

Connor pitched the first three innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out seven hitters.

Gammon pitched the next 2 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out four.

Capps came on to face the final two batters.