The Clay Youth League 10's All-Star team finished as the runner-up squad in the District 6 Tournament this week, dropping a 6-2 decision to Shakamak in the title game.
Despite the championship game defeat, the CYL squad advanced to play in the State Tournament beginning tonight at Forest Park. The 10's will face off with Greencastle beginning at 7:30 p.m. following the 5:30 p.m. contest between Lakes Valley (Evansville) and Ellettsville, who won the state title as 9-year olds last year.
In District 6 play, the CYL 10's battled their way back after losing their opening contest versus Shakamak as well, 5-2.
In that game, T.J. Decker struckout six through four innings while allowing six hits and five runs, three earned.
However, his offense couldn't rally despite a two-run second inning. Coleman Craig, Ben Denker and Stephen Watts each singled in the game while Bryant Pestoff walked twice in the loss.
In Game two the 10's broke loose for a 14-3 victory over Bainbridge as Zach Hull picked up four singles and Craig Peters singled three times while walking once. Decker had a double and two singles in a winning effort as Craig got the win on the mound.
Craig threw four innings, while allowing no hits and striking out five. Both runs scored as a result of walks. Hull came on in relief, pitching two frames and striking out four.
The CYL offense continued to produce in their next contest, a 10-2 victory over Monrovia.
Pestoff, Ty Bryan and Decker each doubled and Jordan Girton singled twice as five CYL All-Stars had two hit games.
Peters got the win on the mound, throwing a complete game five-hitter and striking our eight batters.
The 10's won their third straight contest, this one an 18-14 slugfest win over host Riley as Hull rang up five hits, including two doubles for the CYL squad.
Decker and Craig each had three hits while Dylan Fletcher, Pestoff and Stephen Watts had two hits apiece.
Decker got the complete game victory on the mound for the CYL 10's.
In the semifinal contest, the CYL squad locked horns with Greencastle in a nailbiter.
Greencastle opened with three runs in the first inning off of Craig who would allow four runs over the first two frames.
However, the CYL would respond with a pair of tallies in the second inning on singles by Pestoff and Decker.
Leading 8-2 heading to the fourth inning, the CYL would erupt for seven runs as Peters walked, Hull singled and Craig walked. Cam Guy would also walk followed by singles from Pestoff and Decker.
As a result, the CYL squad lead 9-8 heading into the sixth inning when Greencastle rallied to knot the score at nine apiece.
But the 10's would come back with an all-important run of their own as Guy was hit-by-a-pitch after a walk by Craig to bring home the winning-run in a 10-9 victory.
In the title game, after a four game-winning streak advanced the CYL squad through the loser's bracket to the title game, a six inning, nine strikeout effort from Decker wasn't quite enough in a 6-2 loss to Shakamak.