--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
In their third game of the Bluegrass World Series, the Louisville Stars silenced the Hoptown Hoppers in a 4-0 win. The Stars finish the group play 3-0 and advance to the championship.
Jason Repko doubled to drive in Corky Miller in the sixth inning to take the one-run lead. Miller had walked earlier in the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball.
One inning later, the Stars added another run. With the bases loaded, Miller hit a ground ball fielder's choice to score Mark Teahen. Nick Swisher had doubled earlier in the inning and Jayson Werth was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
The offense continued heating up in the eighth inning, adding two more runs, doubling their lead. Repko had reached base again, and with good base running, reached third base. Chris Burke followed with a single to left field to drive the run in. Matt Diaz singled later in the inning, driving in Burke, and putting the Stars ahead 4-0.
As in the previous two games, the Stars used a plethora of pitchers. Roy Oswalt started and went three innings with four strikeouts and no hits. They combined to allow three hits and keep the runs column clean.
The Stars will face the Dubois Bombers (2-1) in the championship on Saturday, at 6:00 p.m., at Louisville Slugger Field.