NEWS AND TRIBUNE
NEW ALBANY —
New Albany and Jeff/GRC will meet in tonight’s 9-10-year-old District 5 championship after both won semifinal games on Friday.
New Albany blanked Silver Creek 11-0, while Jeff beat HYR 21-8 to advance. The two unbeaten teams will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Mt. Tabor Park with the title on the line.
Max Meyer and Tucker Biven combined to throw a shutout and Josh Castleman hit a 3-run home run for New Albany.
After night after knocking in seven runs in a win over Clarksvile, Logan Ungren went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored in Jeff’s win on Friday. Eli Watson was 3-for-4 with four runs and Gavin Seebold went 2-for-3 and drove home four runs.
NEXT: New Albany (5-0) vs. Jeff/GRC (5-0), championship, tonight at 7 p.m.
• Charlestown gets first win: Brad Love and Aaron Meyer combined for a two-hitter as Charlestown (1-3) won its first game of the tournament, 5-1 over Clarksville (0-4) on Thursday.
The game completed both teams’ tournament.
• New Albany wins championship preview: New Albany defeated Jeff/GRC 5-4 in round robin play on Friday.
The win gives New Albany finished pool play unbeaten, while Jeff took its first defeat. The two teams will meet again Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to determine the district champion.
No other details were provided.
NEXT: New Albany (4-0) vs. Jeff/GRC (3-1), Tuesday.
• HYR holds on for thrilling 4-3 win: With HYR leading 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Silver Creek loaded the bases to put the tying and winning runs in scoring position. However, HYR reliever Joel Archer got out of the jam to give HYR (1-3) its first win of District 5 play in its final game.
“It was really good to see our boys come back after a tough loss against [New Albany] and stay mentally focused in such a tight game,” HYR manager Chan Bailey said.
HYR jumped on top first against Silver Creek (1-3) starter Kyle Snell, who struck out eight HYR batters in six innings, when Joey Wilson drove home Justin Bailey, who reached on a bunt and moved to third on an overthrow.
Silver Creek answered in the third against Bailey, who struck out five and allowed just one earned run in five innings, to make it 1-1 through six innings.
In the seventh, Caleb Kimm singled down the third-base line to get the HYR rally started. After he stole second base, he scored the go-ahead run on an Archer base hit. Carson Stiller was hit by a pitch and later scored on a passed ball and Archer scored on an RBI off the bat of Bailey.
Creek scored twice in the seventh to pull within 4-3 before Archer put out the fire by striking out the final two batters he faced with the bases full.
“I was really proud of Justin and Joel tonight,” Coach Bailey said. “I thought they both threw well, hit their spots and worked out of some tough situations.”
Archer, Bailey and Wilson had two hits apiece for HYR.
Snell went 4-for-4 for the Creekers.
• New Albany advances to semis: New Albany (2-2) clinched a berth in the semifinals with a five-inning, 15-3 win over Charlestown on Friday.
Six New Albany pitchers combined for the win. Ryan Robison tossed three scoreless innings.