The Clay County 10's All-Star squad opened up the Cal Ripken State Tournament in style on Thursday night, picking up an 8-5 victory over Greencastle.
The Clay County squad got their bats going quickly in the contest as Jordan Girton lead off the game with a quick single off Greencastle's Hunter Mitchell.
Following Girton was Craig Peters who smacked a single to continue the CYL's charge.
The Greencastle defense faltered over the next two plays as both Zach Hull and Coleman Craig reached via error as the CYL squad got on the scoreboard first.
The offensive explosion continued with a walk from Bryant Pestoff and Stephen Watts reached first when he took a pitch for the team from Mitchell.
T.J. Decker kept the scoring streak alive with his single, one of two on the night for him and Ty Bryan reached via walk before the first out was recorded for Greencastle.
All told, the CYL 10's put eight runs on the board in the first inning before Greencastle came to bat for the first time.
In the end, they would need nearly every run they got in the first frame.
Hull would hold Greencastle at bay over the first four innings for the CYL, allowing just two runs and four hits in his stint. He would walk four and strike out four batters.
While leading 8-2 in the early going, Greencastle's Mitchell settled down on the rubber and held the CYL's scoreless for the rest of his time on the mound. In fact, the 10's weren't able to push across any more runs in the contest.
Hull would give way to Craig in the fifth inning. Though he wouldn't allow a hit, he would have some control problems in the bottom of the sixth inning, walking the bases loaded with one out.
Decker would then come in to relieve Craig with the sacks full of Greencastle runners.
Though a pair of wild pitches plated two runs, Decker would shut the door, striking out one batter while Craig made a nice play at shortstop to throw out a runner at first for the final out of the game.
In the game, Peters and Decker each had multiple hits while Hull and Craig each reached base twice.
The victory propels the CYL 10's into the winner's bracket for a game versus the winner of Friday's 5 p.m. game between Bloomington and Newburgh.