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CYL 10's earn Cal Ripken State Championship

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The CYL 10's All-Star Team won the state title Monday night with a victory over Newburgh 10-9. The team (front row l-r) Cam Guy, TJ Decker, Jordan Girton, Craig Peters, Ben Denker and Ty Bryan. (2nd row l-r) Stephen Watts, Dylan Fletcher, Bryant Pestoff Coleman Craig, Zach Hull and Cole Watts. (Back row l-r) Cyle Watts, Joe Pestoff, Chuck Peters, Jon Hull and Chris Howard.

The Clay County 10's All-Star Team picked up an exciting 10-9 victory that capped a five-game winning streak for a state championship in Cal Ripken action.

The five game rally was necessary after a second round loss to Newburgh for the Clay County squad.

The 10's dropped a 7-2 decision to Newburgh in the second game of the tournament July 10, but would get their chance for revenge.

Facing elimination each game, the 10's began their journey with a 7-6 victory over Lakeview.

After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning the CYL was forced to make an early comeback.

The CYL squad got their offense started as Jordan Girton singled to open the game and later scored after Craig Peters walked. Zach Hull followed with a walk and a fielder's choice by Coleman Craig scored the second run for the CYL squad. TJ Decker brought home another run with a walk.

The 10's trailed 4-3 heading into their half of the second before a run scoring single by Peters and one by Cole Watts put the CYL's back ahead 5-4.

Two more runs came home for the CYL squad after a double by Bryant Pestoff and a single by Decker in the third inning that made the score 7-5. A run by Lakeview in the sixth inning wasn't enough as the 10's held on for the victory.

Shakamak was the CYL's next foe and a six run second inning was enough in a 6-3 victory. Girton had a pair of singles and Dylan Fletcher added one along with Pestoff.

Decker pitched the first inning, striking out a pair before giving way to Hull who allowed just one run over four innings.

The CYL's win streak continued when they put together a four run first inning in a 6-4 victory over Elletsville.

Girton doubled and scored and Hull, Pestoff and Stephen Watts all walked in the inning. Craig singled as the 10's got out to a 4-0 lead.

Elletsville would knot the score in the third inning before the CYL added a pair of late runs in the victory.

Decker pitched five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and struckout two. Hull would close out Elletsville with a pair of strikeouts in one inning of work.

The victory propelled the CYL's into a title battle with unbeaten Newburgh. The 10's would have to beat Newburgh twice to earn the championship.

In the first contest, Newburgh opened a four run lead in the first inning before the CYL's rallied for seven runs in the second inning on three walks, a double by Peters and a single by Stephen Watts to take a 7-4 lead.

A run by Newburgh narrowed the gap in the second inning before two more runs knotted the score at seven-apiece in the third frame.

In the top of the fourth inning, Newburgh exploded for seven runs, including a pair of doubles and a homerun to move in front 14-7.

The 10's scored one run in their half of the inning before leading off the fifth inning with three straight walks. They would eventually rally for six runs in the inning as Cole Watts doubled, Craig singled and five walks knotted the score at 14-apiece in the fifth inning.

After Decker held Newburgh in their half of the sixth inning, the CYL would score after Girton reached on an error and was sacrificed by Peters and scored on a single by Craig for the victory.

After the emotionally draining contest, the CYL 10's needed to regroup and get another win versus Newburgh for the title.

They would get just that after falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning, they rallied for four runs, including a homerun by Girton in the second inning.

They would add two more runs in the third inning as Hull reached via error and Craig followed with a homerun and a 6-3 advantage.

Another run in the fourth inning after a double by Girton made the score 7-3 before Newburgh's bats rallied to tie the score at seven in the top of the sixth inning to send the game into an extra frame.

A two-run homerun by Newburgh put them on top 9-7 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning but the CYL would rally once more.

A walk by Hull and a single by Craig would provide the difference when Pestoff blasted a walk-off homerun to give the CYL 10's the championship over Newburgh.

The championship moves the CYL into the Cal Ripken World Series in Shelbyville beginning on Saturday afternoon.

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