Members of the Clay Youth League 8-year old All-Star team, winners of the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament, prepare to take a victory lap around town. The Brazil City Fire Department ladder truck led the parade for the team and parents, followed by the Brazil City Police Department.
Team members are Tucker Stewart, Tanner Knust, Mitchell Howald, Ben Girton, Hunter Wolfe, Blake Mershon, Taylor Bell, Quinton Hayes, Liam Jones, Sam Mace, and Brigham Booe. The manager is Mike Knust, and coaches are Chip Cook, Mark Howald, and Steve Mershon.
The Clay Youth League 8-year-old All-Star team came away as champions of the inaugural Cal Ripken Ohio Valley Regional baseball tournament last weekend.
The tournament, held in Vincennes, is the first for the 8-year-old division. Prior to this season, only the 10- and 12-year-old All-Stars had competition at the Ohio Valley Regional level.
The All-Star squad competed in the invitational state tournament two weeks ago where they finished as the runner-ups to Riley.
The Ohio Valley Regional featured some of the best teams from Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky as well as Indiana.
The 8-year old squad defeated Greenfield, Ind., the Southeast Indiana champions, before downing Jasemine, Ky., in its second game of the tourney. The squad then fell to Riley and Lexington, Ky., in the opening round of pool play on Saturday.
In single-elimination play on Sunday, the resilient squad rebounded with a resounding 30-0 win over Oblong, Ill., and then dropped Connersville, Ind., by a 14-7 count. Up next was a bit of revenge over state champion Riley as the CYL All-Stars won 6-5 before taking the championship game, 7-1, in a rematch with Lexington, Ky.
The Clay Youth League is currently hosting the 35th annual Pop Can Tournament which features the 12-and-under All-Stars along with the 10-and-under divisions whose championship games are slated for this evening.
There are 30 teams competing in all three age groups including the 8-and-under division. So come out and support your local youth league athletes.