KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Highlander Youth Recreation capped off pool play in style at the 50/70 Central Region Tournament.
Two HYR pitchers combined for a four-inning perfect game as it improved to 4-0 in pool play with a 15-0 victory over host West Portage (Mich.) on Monday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The win clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament, which begins Tuesday, and a first-round bye for HYR. It will play a yet-to-be-determined foe Wednesday.
In its final pool-play game, HYR jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back. Clayton Schroeder, also HYR's starting pitcher, ignited a six-run first inning with a two-run home run.
HYR added four more runs in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth.
That was more than enough offense for Schroeder and Alex Schuler on the mound. Schroeder retired the first nine West Portage batters, five by strikeout, before giving way to Schuler, who struck out the side in the fourth.
Schuler and Masen Moravec led the way at the plate. Schuler went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored while Moravec was 3-for-3 with a double, four RBIs and one run scored. Schroeder added a pair of hits, including the first-inning homer, a pair of RBIs and a pair of runs scored while Kayden Linares went 2-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and four runs scored. Leadoff hitter Wesley Taylor reached base twice, stole two bases and scored two runs.
In pool play, HYR outscored its four foes by a combined score of 46-15 on the strength of 58 hits.