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All-Stars set for tourney

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Clay County Youth League 14-year-old All-Star Cole Watts warms up prior to practice Wednesday. The local 14-year-old All-Star squad will compete in the Southwest Regional State Tournament in Evansville Friday, where it will face Jasper in the first round. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT [Click to enlarge]
A 7-0 victory over Valle Field put the Clay County Youth League 14-year-old All-Stars in the Southwest Regional State Tournament.

The squad defeated Valle Field a few nights ago, earning the trip to Evansville Friday.

The 14-year-olds will face Jasper in the first game of the state tournament, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) and 5:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).

"We played Jasper last year and we beat them," 14-year-old Manager Cyle Watts said. "We've lost a few kids this year, but some kids have stepped up."

T.J. Decker picked up the important win in the District game, throwing a three-hit shutout. Decker also scored two runs and knocked in one run while Zach Hull was 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run. Jordan Girton also had two hits and two RBI.

Clay County defeated Owen Valley, 14-4, earlier in District competition and defeated Owen Valley again, 12-6, Sunday, as Tyler Wilson and Coleman Craig both hit home runs.

Both Clay County and Valle Field moved to the Southwest Regional State Tournament.

Other teams involved in the tourney include South Gibson, Princeton, Jasper, Evansville and Brown County. Watts said South Gibson won the state title last year and beat Clay County two out of three games.

If Clay County defeats Jasper Friday, the local squad will move on to face Brown County Saturday.

If teams are defeated twice in the tourney, they are knocked out of competition.

Watts said the tournament could end by Sunday.

"This group has won two state titles," Watts said of his team.

Team members include Decker, Craig, Ben Denker, Girton, Travis Hackman, Hull, Bryant Pestoff, Cole Watts, Bricen White and Wilson.

Clay County coach Kirk Smith added the squad is capable claiming the title.

"We're going to have some key players from last year out but our batting is our key," Smith said. "If we hit, we're hard to beat."

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