NEW ALBANY OPENS WITH 18-0 WIN OVER NEW CASTLE
New Albany’s 9-10-year-old All-Stars opened the state tournament at Jeff/GRC Little League with an 18-0 win over New Castle on Thursday.
New Albany had 10 hits and took advantage of eight New Castle errors in the win.
“We came out and put a couple of balls in play and they didn’t make plays,” Josh Biven said. “We played a little small ball and we had a couple of big hits.”
Castleman, Sexton and Ray Reisinger combined on a one-hit shutout for New Albany. The only New Castle hit was leadoff hitter Cole McDaniel, who barely beat out an infield single as the first batter of the game. Reisinger, Castleman and Sexton combined to strike out seven and allowed just four baserunners.
“Ray’s been our go-to guy,” Josh Biven said. “Josh threw well and Nick Sexton threw strikes. It was a big win against a New Castle program with a lot of history.”
After a scoreless first inning, four New Castle errors led to four New Albany runs in the second. Castleman also had an RBI double — New Albany’s only extra-base hit — in the inning.
New Albany tacked on four more in the third. In the third, New Albany had two hits, including an Oppel RBI single, drew two walks and New Castle had two more errors.
Leading 8-0 after three innings, New Albany put the game away in the fourth with 10 more runs. Miller-Embry hit a two-RBI single to make it 10-0. Sexton and Tucker Biven followed with bases-loaded walks, Castleman hit another RBI single and Reisinger brought home another run with a single. Newbanks was hit with a pitch, and then two more errors produced two more New Albany runs.
Sports Editor Greg Mengelt contributed to this story.