The Clay County 11's won a pair of games in state tournament play last weekend after losing their opener on Friday. They are one of three teams remaining in the contest. They face LVO Monday evening at 5:30 PM in a rematch. LVO is the lone team to defeat Clay County in tournament play thus far.
In games so far:
LVO 2, Clay County 1
Through four and a half innings LVO and the Clay County 11's were locked in a scoreless battle. But in the bottom of the fifth inning LVO drew first blood when a walk resulted in the game's first run after a run-scoring double.
The 11's battled back in the top of the sixth when Tanner Glenn came in from the bench with a ringing double to the fence that scored a run for Clay County.
LVO's leadoff hitter then singled in the bottom half of the inning and scored on a Clay County error.
Pitching for Clay County was Craig Bell who went five innings giving up one run on three hits, a walk and eight strikeouts. Zac Niehaus came on in relief in the sixth inning and allowed a run on one hit and one error, striking out one batter.
Clay County 4, Bloomington 2
In the second game for Clay County Blake Price and John Robert Patterson combined their pitching efforts to get the 11's back on track.
Price pitched five innings giving up two runs on five hits and three strikeouts. Patterson came in to finish the game in the sixth with a hit, one walk and a strikeout.
Clay County belted out eight hits for the game. Raven Enders, Zac Niehaus, Carson Kleiber, Kodie Girton, Tyler Trout, Jordan King and Andrew Butts (2) all had hits.
Clay County 13, Greencastle 0
On Sunday afternoon Clay County faced off with Greencastle for the third time this summer in tournament play.
After downing Greencastle twice in the district tournament at Riley by scores of 4-2 and 5-0, the third game was the most decisive victory for the 11's.
A fierce offensive attack led to 13 hits in 3 1/2 innings of offense.
Hitters for Clay County were Joey Thomas (1B), Blake Price (1B, 2B), Craig Bell (1B), Raven Enders (1B, 1B), Jordan King (1B, 1B), Tyler Trout (1B, 2B) and Bret Jadvani (1B, 1B).
Caleb Mershon pitched the first two scoreless innings allowing three walks and a strikeout. Kodie Girton capped the shutout with a walk and a pair of strikeouts.
Clay County 12's in State Tournament
The Clay County 12s won two games in state tournament play this weekend. They are one of three teams remaining in the contest. They face the winner of Monday's game between the Newburgh Blue Bombers and the Newburgh Yellow Jackets. The Clay County 12's have already beaten the Yellow Jackets and will play at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
With a double-elimination format for the state tournament, the winner of Monday's game must defeat the unbeaten Clay County 12's twice .
A 7:30 p.m. game will be played if necessary for this purpose.
Clay County 5, Bloomington 2
Friday, Clay County was propelled by a four-hitter from pitcher Billy Newton and a homerun by Cam Lumsdon to move into the next round with a 5-2 victory over the Bloomington Vipers. Newton also had 11 strikeouts on the mound.
Clay County 2
Although the Clay County 12s only managed one hit, Caleb Mason pitched them to victory. Mason tossed a two-hitter against the Newburgh Yellow Jackets as Clay County advanced to the state championship game where they will play at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Newburgh.