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14-year-olds still playing

Monday, July 21, 2008

EVANSVILLE -- The Clay County Youth League 14-year-old All-Star squad has played itself into a possible title tilt.

The squad traveled to Evansville Friday to take part in the Southwest Regional State Tournament where it played Jasper Friday in the first round.

The local squad defeated Jasper, 6-5, behind a five-run seventh inning.

Coach Cyle Watts said the squad was trailing 5-1 heading into the top of the seventh.

With two outs, Tyler Wilson doubled and Zach Hull then hit a two-run homer.

Jordan Girton and Bryant Pestoff both followed with singles and with runners on first and third, Coleman Craig hit a game-winning three-run blast.

"That was probably the craziest winning game I've ever seen," Watts said.

T.J. Decker went the distance for the local team to pick up the win.

The team then bruised Brown County, 20-8, on Saturday, behind another three-run blast by Craig, who also picked up the victory.

However, the local squad fell to South Gibson -- last year's state winner -- 6-3 Sunday.

"If you told me they were only going to have six runs, I would have felt pretty good about that," Watts said. "But for some reason, our bats didn't show up. We didn't hit very well."

Decker picked up the loss for the 14-year-olds.

The squad faces either Evansville or Jasper tonight and with a win, they will take on South Gibson again for the state title Tuesday.

"I like our odds," Watts said. "I feel pretty confident."

Other team members include Ben Denker, Travis Hackman, Cole Watts and Bricen White.

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