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CYL 11-year-old team wins SW Indiana title

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Clay Youth League's Bo Stewart 'takes one for the team' by getting hit by a pitch and later scored the team's first run in Monday's victory.
The Clay Youth League 11-year-old All Stars joined the ranks of CYL teams that have advanced to the state championship on Monday night, defeating Vincennes in the Southwestern Indiana Cal Ripken Tourney, 4-2.

The 11's went undefeated in the tourney and will advance to the state championship round in Bloomington next week where they need to win two of three games to qualify for the Ohio Valley Regional.

In Monday's title game, Nathan Newton and Jim Mace combined to shutdown Vincennes on the mound to take the championship.

"The season started rough, but we started hitting and playing defense that carried us," said manager Gary Neese. "Top to bottom we really started hitting. These kids are great, they got mad at me at practice sometimes making them do things over and over again, but they are smiling a lot now."

The CYL opened the game on the right foot, scoring in the first inning as Connor Ganly singled to shortstop to leadoff the contest and moved to second on a wildpitch. Vincennes' pitcher, Chase Allen, got the next two batters and nearly escaped with no damage done, but a wildpitch brought Ganly home with the game's first run.

Vincennes followed with a run of their own in nearly the same fashion, parlaying a leadoff bloop single over third base. Griffin Guess walked to move Blaine Hill to second and a wildpitch moved both runners up. But Newton struckout Levi McKinnon for the second out, but another wildpitch knotted the score as Hill scampered home.

From there however, Newton settled into a rhythm the next two innings though Vincennes had baserunners in each frame.

An error and a solid single put two runners on in the next inning, but Newton struckout Carson Lane and Hill flew out to leftfield to end the inning.

Vincennes leadoff the third inning with a walk, but Newton got Allen to ground into a force play followed by a strikeout by Collin Wirth.

The Clay Youth League took the lead for good in the second inning as Bo Stewart reached first with one out after being hit by a pitch. Allen was able to get the inning's second out via strikeout, but Tanner Wilson's grounder back to the mound took a hop over Allen's mitt and Wilson reached safely. A passed ball moved both runners into scoring position for the CYL. No. 9 hitter, Kyle Moore came to the plate and provided the winning runs when his grounder to third was fielded and the throw was wide right of first base for an error.

Both Stewart and Wilson cruised home to give the CYL a 3-1 lead that they would not relinquish.

Jim Mace came in to relieve Newton starting in the fourth inning and allowed a single run in the fifth inning, working out of a jam in the fifth inning when he walked the first two batters. A fielder's choice got an out for the CYL before Collin Wirth's looping single scored a run to make it a 4-2 game. Mace then bore down and got a groundout to end the frame.

Vincennes threatened again in the final inning, putting a runner on via error and a bunt single down the first base line. But Mace was more than up to the task, staring down the next two hitters and retiring them via strikeout to send his team to Bloomington for the state tourney.

"If you would have told me after our first practice that we'd be in the state tournament, it wouldn't have mattered where we finished, first, second, third, anywhere," said a smiling Neese afterwards. "But these kids have been wonderful."

Cal Ripken Southwestern Indiana Tourney

Championship Game (11-year olds)


2B - CYL (Wilson).

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