By KEVIN HARRIS
The New Albany 11-12 softball All-Stars became the first team to win a District 5 championship on Saturday at Clarksville Little League Park.
Morgan Jenks’ complete-game outing in the pitcher’s circle led New Albany past Jeff/GRC in the 11-12 softball final in the District 5 All-Star tournament, 5-1.
In six innings of work, Jenks yielded one earned run. She struck out seven and walked one. She was assisted by New Albany catcher Delaney Zack, who did a great job of keeping the ball in front of her during the contest.
“We piled on Morgan Jenks’ back and she brought us here,” New Albany head coach Kevin Vormbrock said. “We didn’t hit the ball as well as we have all year. But our defense stepped up and made plays behind Morgan, who was fantastic. I’m proud of these girls.”
New Albany got its first run in the bottom of the second inning. It added another run in the fourth to go up 2-0, followed by three runs in the fifth. Jeff’s lone score came in the top of the sixth.
New Albany’s Dianna Stacy and Haley Hagedorn each went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.
New Albany has no time to rest. It returns to Clarksville Little League Park on Sunday to play Bedford in the first two games of a best-of-three-game section tournament. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., followed by Game 2 at 5 p.m.
If New Albany and Bedford split today’s contests, the third and deciding game will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Clarksville Little League Park.
“I’m nervous,” Vormbrock said. “We are going to stick with the same game plan. Morgan Jenks — I’m going to ride her until she says she can’t go anymore.”
Nan Garcia paced Jeff/GRC on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Teammate Madison Bush was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.
• New Albany downs Creek: New Albany improved its pool play record to 2-0 on Saturday with a 14-4 win in four innings over Silver Creek. New Albany got off to a fast start, scoring nine runs on nine hits in the first.
Maddox Schmelz led New Albany with a 2-for-2 performance, which included a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Schmelz also pitched in relief of New Albany starter Liam McCauley in the top of the fourth, striking out all three batters he faced.
New Albany’s Garrett Jones was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. David Krebs also went 2-for-3. McCauley gave up all four Creek runs in the third and allowed just one hit for the game.
“I thought we played real well,” New Albany manager Richard Chandler said. “We jumped on them early and put them in a hole right off the bat.”
New Albany will face Highlander Youth Recreation at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Silver Creek (1-1) will play Jeff at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
• Jeff/GRC thumps Clarksville: Jeff evened its pool play record at 1-1 by downing Clarksville in five innings on Saturday, 11-1.
Jeff’s Drew Gerritsen went 2-for-2 with a double and three runs scored, while teammate Jaden Hart was 2-for-2 with a double and one run scored.
Jeff’s Xavier Hart had a 2-for-3 game with a double and two RBIs. Teammate Eli Evans forced the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer for his only hit of the contest.
Jeff starter Alex Wright got the victory, allowing one run on one hit in three innings of work. Xavier Hart pitched the final two frames, striking out five of the six batters he faced.
“Our pitchers did an outstanding job,” Jeff manager Rick Kelley said. “Our bats were alive. Everybody contributed and it was a great team win.”
Clarksville (0-2) got only one hit, which came from Caleb Cummings.
Jeff will square off against Silver Creek at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Clarksville will take on Charlestown at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
• Silver Creek shuts out Clarksville: Caleb Popp was the only Silver Creek player who had a multihit game and earned the victory on the mound in Creek’s 13-0 win over Clarksville on Saturday.
Teammate Kaden Sidebottom went 1-for-4 with a double. Also collecting one hit for Silver Creek were Landon Kruer, Conner Young, Drew Baxter, Miles Hall and Heath Knight.
Silver Creek will play HYR at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Hanson Crafton contributed to this report.
WE NEED YOUR RESULTS
The News and Tribune sports department is requesting coaches from all District 5 All-Star teams to report their results from each of their team’s games during the District 5 tournament.
Coaches can call in their results to our department at 812-206-2116 or email results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our sports department needs the following information from each game: division (e.g. 11-12 baseball, 9-10 softball, 13-14 baseball), final score, score by innings for each team, highlights for each team (e.g. multihit players who go 2-for-3, 3-for-3, etc.; outstanding pitching performances), pool play records for each team, next game for each team.