NILES, Mich. -- The Clay County Youth League 9-year-old All-Star recently competed in the Ohio Valley Regionals after winning the Southwest Cal Ripken State Championship.
Teams from Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan competed in the tournament.
The tournament format was four-pool play games and only the top three teams from each pool advanced to a single-elimination tournament.
The Clay County squad finished 3-1 and second in their pool.
The first game of pool play for the local squad was against Sturgeous Bay, which the Clay County team lost 14-4. Austin Stevenson was the pitcher of record.
Mitch Williams, Stevenson and Luke Lancaster led the team in hitting.
In its second game, Clay County defeated Brandywine, 16-4. Lancaster was the pitcher of record.
Jase Glassburn was 4-for-4 with three runs batted in, while Brigham Booe and Williams each had three hits and three RBI.
The team then defeated Benton Harbor, 23-4, with Lancaster picking up the win.
Glassburn had four hits and three RBI while Lancaster helped his own cause with three hits and three RBI. Williams tallied six RBI and also hit a grand slam.
In the fourth game of pool play, the local team knocked off Howard Black, the host team, 20-9. Lancaster picked up the win.
Austin Cook and Jayden Lindsay both had three hits while Garrett Hetrick had two.
The local team placed sixth overall in the nine-team single-elimination tournament.
The Clay County squad won its first game in elimination play, 6-5, over Sturgeous Bay, on a game-winning by Jarrett Fischer in the sixth.
Lancaster picked up the win with Williams hitting another home run. Stevenson had three hits to lead the squad.
In the second game of elimination play, the local team lost 8-7 to Harris Black.
The Clay County squad had runners on second and third in the sixth inning with only one out, but were unable to plate a run.
Lindsay was the pitcher of record, while Williams had three hits and Fischer had two.
The Clay County squad finished the season with a 23-8 record, including the Southwest Indiana Cal Ripken State Title.
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