JEFFERSONVILLE — Following Friday's semifinal action, the winner of Monday's game between New Albany and Silver Creek baseball teams will advance to the 12U Little League State Tournament.
Defending champion New Albany got a strong challenge from Jeff/GRC in the first semifinal Friday. Carter Williams allowed just one run and one hit before running out of pitches. Still, New Albany put the ball in play and led 4-0 after three innings and pulled away for an 8-1 win at Jeff/GRC Little League.
Jeff/GRC's Daniel Pierce led off the fifth inning and scored on an Brett Shearer RBI-single for Jeff's lone run.
New Albany's Sean Rose had a strong start on the mound.
"The player of the game was the pitcher for Jeff. He did his job and kept them in it," New Albany coach Justin Elliott said. "Fortunately, our pitcher did his job. He threw 50 pitches, faced 13 batters and got 13 outs. We stayed true to our game plan and it worked out. We'll go at them with our best Monday."
In the nightcap, Silver Creek put the pressure on HYR early and pulled away for a 14-0 victory in four innings. Evan Loftus had a pair of hits for HYR.
Spencer Durham pitched well for Silver Creek and Carter Odaffer had hits in the first two innings, including an RBI-double in the seven-run second.
Monday's final is slated for 7 p.m.
SILVER CREEK, JEFF/GRC ADVANCE TO 10U FINAL
Silver Creek edged New Albany 10-9 on Friday in the second semifinal game of the 10U tournament.
Boston Roberts and Elliott Kopf had base hits during a three-run fifth inning for Silver Creek.
Undefeated Jeff/GRC topped HYR 16-0 in the first semi. Carter Durbin had two doubles to lead Jeff/GRC at the plate, while Caleb Jones had two hits, including a triple, and Trevor Mitchell had two hits, including a third-inning double, too.
CHARLESTOWN ADVANCES TO 12U FINAL
Charlestown will face Floyds Knobs on Tuesday for the 12U title of District 5 after winning 25-9 against Jeff/GRC on Friday.