INDIANAPOLIS — The New Albany 11U Little League All-Star team won a state championship Sunday afternoon, blasting Wabash 13-3 in five innings at Decatur Little League.
New Albany earned its place in the final by rallying to beat Dyer Little League 18-12 in an elimination game Saturday, then outlasting Brownsburg 1-0 Sunday afternoon in a state semifinal.
Saturday, a 13-run third inning helped New Albany rally from an early five-run deficit to beat Dyer by six runs.
In a rematch of a Thursday pool-play game, which New Albany won 7-1, Dyer plated four runs in the top of the first and second innings en route to an 8-3 lead. New Albany, however, plated one run in the bottom of the second to get within four before erupting for a baker's dozen in the bottom of the third to go up 17-8. It cruised from there to earn a spot in Sunday's state semifinals.
Four players had two or more hits to lead New Albany, which totaled 16. Duke Beckort led the way, going 3-for-3 with a double, triple, four RBIs and two runs scored. Also for New Albany, Dane Sprigler went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored; Gavin Jackson was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Braxton Mayfield went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Camden Wright, Max Watson and Zach Medlock added two RBIs each, while Wright, Watson, Jack Murphy and Andrew Ciszewski scored two runs apiece.
Lucas Mauk picked up the win on the mound. He allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits in the final four innings.
In Sunday's semifinal, Jackson tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout while striking out five to lead New Albany to victory. Jackson also scored the game's lone run.
Mauk led New Albany at the plate with a pair of hits.
Sunday afternoon, New Albany came back and steamrolled Wabash for the state title.
Jackson, Mauk and Brewer led New Albany's nine-hit attack with two apiece. Brewer had a double and two runs scored while Jackson also scored twice. Mayfield tallied three RBIs while Wright had two. Sprigler scored a trio of runs.
Sprigler also picked up the victory on the mound, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out five in the complete-game win.