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July 13, 2010

LITTLE LEAGUE: Jeff/GRC’s offense gets into gear in 12-0 win over Creek

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeff/GRC 11-12 Baseball All-Star manager Derek Ellis was happy to see one thing on Monday night at Woehrle Fields — his players’ bats get hot.

Jeff/GRC smacked 12 hits, including three home runs, to hand Silver Creek its first loss of the District V Tournament in five innings, 12-0. Most of the damage came against Silver Creek ace pitcher Cameron Cook, who threw a no-hitter earlier in the tourney.

“It’s about time,” Ellis said. “We have a good hitting ballclub, but we hadn’t showed it yet.”

Jeff/GRC’s biggest inning was the fifth as it scored eight runs and delivered two of its three homers. The first homer was a three-run shot by Cam Northern with nobody out to put Jeff up 7-0.

The lead grew to 8-0 when Kooper Falkenstein collected an RBI single. Later in the frame, teammate Miah Phelps smacked a grand slam to center field for the 12-run lead.

Tre’ Watson supplied Jeff’s first homer of the game, a three-run blast with two-out in the top of the fourth.

Dewey Cardwell led Jeff/GRC, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Falkenstein was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Teammate Austin Dickey went 2-for-3 and Phelps was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Dickey and teammate Joe Burke combined for a no-hitter. Dickey tossed 4 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Burke relieved Dickey in the bottom of the fifth when Dickey exceeded the 85-pitch limit. After walking Cook, Burke forced Bret Aria to ground out to second base to end the game.

“We got a great pitching performance from Austin,” Ellis said. “Ninety percent of his pitches were fastballs and he threw most of them for strikes. Other than one inning, he had good command of the strike zone.”

Jeff/GRC and Silver Creek are now tied for second place in the division standings at 3-1. Jeff/GRC must defeat Highlander Youth Recreation in its pool-play finale at 6:30 tonight to better its chances of playing in Saturday night’s championship.

“We are sitting in a position where we have to win out. We have to beat HYR,” Ellis said.

Silver Creek must beat 4-0 New Albany on Wednesday to keep its hopes alive of reaching the division final.

In Monday’s second contest in the division, Clarksville earned its first victory of the tournament with a 7-4 triumph over Charlestown. It was the pool-play finale for both squads.

Clarksville (1-4) scored five runs in the second with the big hit being a two-run single by Ian Francisco. Also in the frame, Logan Been and John Bradshaw each had RBI singles and Cody Leonhardt had an RBI double.

Been had two hits, which included a two-run homer in the fifth. Michaeh Byrnes was the winning pitcher.

Charlestown’s Christian Bates was 2-for-3 with a triple. Charlestown posted an 0-5 record in pool play.

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