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July 11, 2013

LITTLE LEAGUE: New Albany 11-12 softball opens state with big win

All-Stars get 11 runs on 16 hits

LEBANON — After finishing fifth at state as 9-10-year-olds two years ago, New Albany’s 11-12 softball All-Stars wanted a good start at Thursday’s state finals in Lebanon.

They got it.

New Albany scored 11 runs on 16 hits en route to an 11-1 win over Southport in the tournament opener.

“We had a little bit of nerves, but not as bad as last time [we went to state],” New Albany manager Darrell Thomas said. “We had more nerves in the championship at district [on Tuesday].”

In the top of the first inning, New Albany scored three runs and never trailed. The All-Stars added a pair of runs in the second and third to take an early 7-1 lead.

“We started out on fire,” Thomas said. “We had pretty good sticks.”

Camri Thomas did the rest. The New Albany starting pitcher tossed a complete-game, two-hitter and struck out four Southport batters. Like in Tuesday’s 5-2 district championship win over Silver Creek, Thomas didn’t walk a single batter.

“She pitched well,” her father and manager, Darrell Thomas said. “Her changeup was working great. She used that a lot today. She kept them off balance, really.”

The task appears to get tougher on Saturday. New Albany will face South Bend Southeast, which was the state runner-up two years ago in the 9-10 division. They are then scheduled to meet Bedford on Sunday.

The tournament semifinals and championship are both held Tuesday.

11-12 SOFTBALL STATE FINALS

At Lebanon

NEW ALBANY 11, SOUTHPORT 1

New Albany    322 103—11 16 2    

Southport       001 000—  1   2 2    


    W — Camri Thomas. L — Madelyn Johnson. 2B — Bre Schoenfeld (N).

    Records — New Albany 1-0, Southport 0-1.

11-12 SOFTBALL STATE TOURNAMENT

AT LEBANON

Thursday, July 11


    New Albany 11, Southport 1

Saturday, July 13

    New Albany vs. South Bend Southeast, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 14

    New Albany vs. Bedford, 2 p.m.

Monday, July 15

    New Albany vs. District 6, 5 p.m.

Semifinals

Tuesday, July 16


    No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 2 p.m.

    No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 2 p.m.

Championship

Tuesday, July 16


    Semifinal winners, 5 p.m.

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