KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Highlander Youth Recreation Intermediate 50/70 baseball team is World Series-bound again.
For the second time in three years HYR won the Central Region Tournament at Kalamazoo, Mich. Wednesday, HYR blanked Western Little League from Lexington, Ky., 7-0 in the semifinals before blasting Commerce (Mich.) 15-0 in the final.
HYR will face the West Region champion at 6 p.m. Sunday in its first game of the World Series in Livermore, Calif. The 12-team tourney, which consists of six teams from the United States and six International squads, continues through Aug. 4.
In its semifinal, Clayton Schroeder tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout to lead HYR to victory. Schroeder walked two while striking out eight over the seven innings. At the plate, Wesley Taylor and Masen Moravec led the way for HYR. Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI while also stealing three bases and scoring a run. Moravec, meanwhile, was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Peyton Durham scored a team-high two runs.
In the four-inning final, HYR rode another strong pitching performance and some big hitting to the title.
On the mound Seth Newkirk tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing two hits while striking out six. At the plate, Kayden Linares went 3-for-4 with two RBIs while stealing two bases and scoring two runs to lead HYR’s 14-hit attack. Also, Alex Schuler was 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored; Taylor went 2-for-2 with two RBIs while stealing four bases and scoring two runs and Moravec went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.