By CAREY FOX
The 12-and-under Clay County All-Star baseball team advanced to tonight's District Six Championship game with an 11-0 victory over Shakamak on Monday afternoon.
Caleb Mason shutdown Shakamak on the mound with four innings of eight strikeout, two hit pitching and Trent Lancaster pitched the final inning for the victory.
Billy Newton got Clay County going in the first inning with a two out double and Justin Kearney drove him home with an RBI single to give the 12's a 1-0 advantage.
In the second inning Clay County added another pair of runs to take a 3-0 lead before a third inning homerun by Seth Lunsford and a bomb by Billy Newton in the fourth frame put the contest out of reach for Shakamak.
Lancaster would single home a run in the fifth inning to complete the scoring for Clay County.
In the game, Caleb Mason had a three-run triple Grant Zimmerman singled, Newton had two hits, Kearney had a pair of hits, Hunter Robertson also singled, Lancaster had two hits and Caleb Andrews singled.
The victory propels the squad into tonight's championship game at 6 p.m. The winner will receive a bye in the first round of the 12-and-under state tournament held in Newburgh.
Clay County 11's headed to State Tourney
The Clay County 11's completed an unbeaten District Tournament run with a 5-0 victory over Greencastle in the championship game.
In the contest, Clay County put all five of their runs on the board in the second inning as Blake Price leadoff with a double to leftcenterfield and John Robert Patterson smacked a single. Caleb Mershon then walked and Joey Thomas, Andrew Butts and Zac Niehaus all singled.
Thomas and Butts each had RBIs while the remaining runners scored on wild pitches and throwing errors.
Niehaus was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out five. Kodie Girton relieved and allowed a pair of hits, walked one and struckout two.
With the win, the Clay County 11's will travel to Bloomington on Friday evening to begin State Tournament play.
The squad opened tournament play with a 4-2 win over Cloverdale, scoring all four of their runs in the first inning.
Thomas reached base when he was hit by a pitch and came home with the team's first run when Raven Enders drilled a double to right-centerfield. Craig Bell then was hit-by-pitch and both runners advanced on a wildpitch.
Carson Kleiber drove home both runners with a hit before Mershon reached via walk.
Bret Jadvani drilled a shot to Cloverdale's shortstop who couldn't handle the smash, allowing the fourth run to score.
Mershon pitched two innings and allowed a pair of runs, walking four and striking out six before Craig Bell came on in relief.
Bell shutdown Cloverdale, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out 10 batters.
In the second game, Price matched zeroes with Greencastle's pitcher through the first three innings before Bell reached base on a walk. Pinchrunner, Jadvani, quickly stole second and moved to third on a single by Enders.
Tanner Glenn then drove Jadvani home with a single for the first run.
In the fifth inning, Kleiber walked and Thomas reached base on a hit. Kleiber came home on a Niehaus single and Jadvani laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Thomas. Niehaus would later score on a wild pitch.
Price was the winning pitcher and had two singles while allowing just two hits himself and a single run. He struckout eight batters. Niehaus relieved and allowed a run on one hit and struck out four hitters.
Clay County 10's pick up wins
The Clay County 10's All-Star team earned wins over Monrovia, 10-2 and Riley, 18-11, in District Six Tournament play this weekend.
The winner and runnerup in the tourney will advance to the State Tournament which will be held at Forest Park beginning on Thursday evening.