EVANSVILLE — The New Albany 11-year-old All-Star team, which was down to its final out in Tuesday morning’s semifinals, captured the state championship Tuesday afternoon at Highland Baseball Fields in Evansville.
After rallying to top Forest Park 5-4 in the morning semifinal, New Albany blasted Georgetown Community Little League, out of Fort Wayne, 10-5 in the final.
“Today it just was a team effort,” New Albany coach Justin Elliott said.
Twelve of the 13 players on the team also were on the New Albany 10-year-old All-Star team that won the state title last year.
Tuesday morning’s first semifinal was a rematch of a Sunday game in which Forest Park rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat New Albany 4-3. In the second game, New Albany flipped the script.
Forest Park tallied two runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead before New Albany knotted it up in the top of the third. Forest Park, however, responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. It stayed that way until the top of the sixth, when New Albany rallied.
Kadin Bush received a leadoff walk, then took second on a passed ball. After back-to-back outs, Tyler Hubbard doubled — the first hit of the game for New Albany — to center field to plate Bush. Rylan Schrink then received a two-out walk before Trevor Unruh laced a two-RBI double to center field to put New Albany on top.
“He’s the smallest kid on the team, but he probably has the biggest heart,” Elliott said of Unruh.
In the bottom of the sixth New Albany pitcher Jordan Treat closed the door on Forest Park.
He tossed two scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out two, to pick up the win on the mound.
In the championship game, New Albany scored 10 straight runs — eight with two outs — to claim the title.
Georgetown tallied two runs in the top of the first before New Albany tied it up in the bottom of the inning. New Albany added two more runs in the second, five in the third and one in the fourth.
Blaine Beckort picked up the win on the mound. He allowed five unearned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four in 4 1/3 innings.
“He pitched his butt off,” Elliott said.
Bryson Whitlock, Kadin Bush, Sean Rose and Unruh led New Albany at the plate. Whitlock went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored; Bush was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI; Rose went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Unruh was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Rylan Schrink and Treat scored two runs apiece.
“It was a fun six days,” Elliott said. “It’s crazy how it works. I look forward to next year. Hopefully next year at this time we’re prepping for regionals and ESPN.”
11U STATE TOURNAMENT
At Highland Baseball Fields, Evansville
NEW ALBANY 5, FOREST PARK 4
New Albany 002 003—5 2 2
Forest Park 202 000—4 6 0
W — Jordan Treat. 2B — Tyler Hubbard (NA), Trevor Unruh (NA).
NEW ALBANY 10, GEORGETOWN 5
Georgetown 200 030—5 5 6
New Albany 225 10X—10 10 2
W — Blaine Beckort. L — Camden D. 2B — Treat (NA), Unruh (NA), Bryson Whitlock (NA), Kadin Bush (NA).
HYR rolls to 18-0 victory
KALAMAZOO, MICH. — The Highlander Youth Recreation All-Star team blasted host Milwood (Mich.) 18-0 Tuesday in its final pool-play game at the Intermediate 50/70 Central Regional Tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich.
A trio of HYR pitchers — Justin Early, Zach Tripure and Clayton Shroeder — combined for a four-inning no-hitter in the victory.
HYR, which scored six runs in the first inning, eight in the second and four in the third, pounded out 18 hits. Early, Tripure, Jack Hagedorn, Alex Schuler, Hayden Gregory, Andrew Gibson and Eli Branham had two hits apiece. Tripure and Branham had three RBIs each, while Schuler, Gibson and Early had two apiece. Meanwhile Tripure scored three runs while Hagedorn, Schuler, Gregory, Branham, Shroeder and Seth Newkirk touched home twice each.
HYR finished pool play 4-1. It will play Maumee (Ohio) at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals. The championship game is slated for 5 p.m.
INTERMEDIATE 50/70 CENTRAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
At Kalamazoo, Mich.
HYR 18, MILWOOD (MICH.) 0
Milwood 000 0— 0 0 2
HYR 684 X—18 18 0
W — Justin Early. L — Cruz. 2B — Eli Branham (H) 2.
LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
Floyds Knobs no-hit in 2nd game
ZIONSVILLE — The Floyds Knobs All-Star team was no-hit in its second game, falling 6-0 to Wheelersburg (Ohio) on Tuesday, of the Little League Central Regional Tournament.
Wheelersburg pitcher AndiJo Howard struck out 12 and walked two in her no-hitter.
Wheelersburg scored single runs in the second and fourth frames before breaking it open with a four-run fifth.
Floyds Knobs is now 1-1 in pool play. The knockout stage of the tourney begins Thursday with four quarterfinals.
CENTRAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
At Zionsville Baseball & Softball Complex
WHEELERSBURG 6, FLOYDS KNOBS 0
Floyds Knobs 000 000—0 0 2
Wheelersburg 010 14X—6 11 0
W — AndiJo Howard. L — Elliot Nance. 2B — Sydney Skiver. HR — Ashlee Spence.
Charlestown eliminated at regional
SOUTH HOLLAND, ILL. — The Charlestown All-Star team was eliminated from the 2018 Junior League Softball Regional Tournament with a 16-6 loss to Russell County (Ky.) on Tuesday afternoon.
Charlestown, which won the District 5 title before rolling through the state tournament last weekend, fell behind 3-0 early, but tied the game in the top of the third inning. Russell County, however, countered with eight runs in the bottom of the inning to break the game open.
Brooke Shofner and Hailey Crisp led Charlestown at the plate. Shofner went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored while Crisp was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
2018 JUNIOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
At South Holland, Ill.
RUSSELL COUNTY 16, CHARLESTOWN 6
Charlestown 003 03— 6 7 1
Russell County, Ky. 218 14—16 18 3
W — Natalie Hart. L — Katie Monroe. 2B — Brooke Shofner (C), Katie Owens (RC), Emma Popplewell (RC), Sophie Shearer (RC). 3B — Owens (RC), Tarryn Reynolds (RC), Makayla Wilson (RC).
New Albany 10s advance to semis
FORT WAYNE — The New Albany 9- and 10-year-old All-Star team topped West Terre Haute 12-6 late Monday night in the state quarterfinals at Fort Wayne.
New Albany advances to the state semifinals, where it will play West Terre Haute again at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Monday night, New Albany tallied three runs in the first and second innings before tacking on five more in the third and one in the fifth.
Lucas Mauk and Dane Sprigler led New Albany at the plate. Mauk went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored while Sprigler was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Also for New Albany, Braxton Mayfield had two RBIs and scored two runs while Andrew Ciszewski scored twice.
Gavin Jackson picked up the win on the mound. Jackson tossed two hitless innings while walking one and striking out one.
10U STATE TOURNAMENT
Monday’s quarterfinal at Fort Wayne
NEW ALBANY 12, WEST TERRE HAUTE 6
New Albany 335 010—12 8 5
West Terre Haute 002 031— 6 4 4
W — Gavin Jackson. L — Jordan.