FORT WAYNE — The New Albany 9- and 10-year-old All-Star team blanked a pair of opponents to capture the state championship Wednesday night at the Georgetown Little League fields.
New Albany topped West Terre Haute 6-0 in Wednesday evening’s semifinals, then turned around and beat Bedford 11-0 in the final.
In the semifinal win, Gavin Jackson threw a complete-game, 4-hit shutout, walking one and striking out two, to pick up the win on the mound.
At the plate, Braxton Mayfield led the way, going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Mayfield scored the first run — the only one New Albany would need — in the bottom of the first, when he tripled with one out, then scored on Jackson’s RBI-single.
Jackson and Andrew Ciszewski finished with two RBIs apiece while Ciszewski and Dane Sprigler scored two runs each for New Albany, which also tallied two runs in the second and three in the fifth.
In the final, Mayfield and Braden Brewer combined on a one-hitter and New Albany erupted for five runs in the third and sixth innings to go along with one in the fifth.
Mayfield picked up the win, walking three and striking out six in 4 1/3 hitless innings. Brewer gave up one hit — a single with one out in the bottom of the sixth — while walking one and striking out one in 1 1/3 innings.
At the plate, Camden Wright led the way, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Mayfield, Lincoln Kruer and Lucas Mauk added two hits apiece while Mayfield and Owen Gum scored two runs and Max Watson had a pair of RBIs.
10U STATE TOURNAMENT
Wednesday at Fort Wayne
NEW ALBANY 6, WEST TERRE HAUTE 0
West Terre Haute 000 000—0 4 3
New Albany 120 03X—6 7 1
W — Gavin Jackson. 3B — Braxton Mayfield (NA), Owen Gum (NA).
NEW ALBANY 11, BEDFORD 0
New Albany 005 015—11 12 0
Bedford 000 000— 0 1 2
W — Mayfield. 2B — Lincoln Kruer (N), Camden Wright (N) 2.
HYR falls in regional final
KALAMAZOO, MICH. — The Highlander Youth Recreation All-Star team fell 6-2 to Ankeny (Iowa) in the Intermediate 50/70 Central Regional Tournament championship game Wednesday evening.
HYR earned a spot in the final with a 9-2 victory over Maumee (Ohio) on Wednesday afternoon.
In the semifinal, Hayden Gregory earned the win on the mound. He gave up two earned runs on eight hits while striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings. Justin Early got the final out of the game.
Gregory also led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Early added three hits and Andrew Gibson went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Mason Moravec and Jack Hagedorn added a pair of hits while Moravec scored two runs and Alex Schuler had a pair of RBIs.
In the final, Ankeny scored four unanswered runs to claim the title. Ankeny took the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, but HYR tied it up in the top of the third.
It was all Ankeny after that. It scored one run in the third, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Zach Tripure led HYR at the plate with two of the team’s four hits.
INTERMEDIATE 50/70 CENTRAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
Wednesday at Kalamazoo, Mich.
HYR 9, MAUMEE (OHIO) 2
HYR 100 602 0—9 17 0
Maumee (Ohio) 020 000 0—2 9 0
W — Hayden Gregory. L — Nye. 2B — Andrew Gibson (H), Gregory (H) 2, Alex Schuler (H).
ANKENY (IOWA) 6, HYR 2
HYR 002 000 0—2 4 1
Ankeny (Iowa) 201 021 X—6 12 1
W — Smith. L — Seth Newkirk. 2B — Churchman (A) 2, McIure (A). 3B — Smith (A).
LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
Floyds Knobs makes knockout round
ZIONSVILLE — The Floyds Knobs All-Star team didn’t play Wednesday, but it qualified for the knockout round of the Central Regional Tournament with Wheelersburg (Ohio)’s 12-0 win over Ashland (Ky.) in Pool A play.
Floyds Knobs will face Johnston (Iowa) at 4 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.