Times Sports Editor
The Cal Ripken Southwest 10-and-11-year old regional state tourney begins this evening at Forest Park as the Clay Youth League 10-year-old squad continues its postseason trek.
As hosts of the regional, the CYL squad had an automatic spot in the tourney, however, the CYL 10's claimed a district championship on Monday evening, defeating Riley Smodilia, 3-2.
The CYL team reached the championship with an unbeaten record after wins over Riley Williams, Monrovia and Parke County. The 3-0 record earned the CYL team a berth in the title game of the double-elimination tourney with Riley Smodilia needing to defeat the CYL twice.
The CYL fell behind 5-2 after two innings in the first game and couldn't overcome Riley in a 10-4 loss. However, the CYL team bounced back to score a 3-2 win and the title as Luke Lancaster got the win on the mound while striking out six Riley batters.
The winning run came around to score in the fifth inning as Hayden France walked with the game tied at 2-apiece. Dylan Hiatt came in to pinch-run and stole both second and third before scoring on a fielder's choice by Jase Glassburn.
In earlier tourney games, Hyatt earned the pitching win to open play as Glassburn, Mitchell Williams and Austin Stevenson each had two hits as part of a 13-6 win over Riley Williams.
On Sunday, the CYL team got two innings of mound work by Lancaster, who needed just 12 pitches to get through the frames and Hyatt finished off a 4-2 win against Parke County.
Lancaster left with the CYL leading 3-0 and Hyatt made the lead stand up with his four innings of work that included six strikeouts.
Hayden Lindsay had a hit, scored a run and walked with Matthew Clawson adding a double.
In the championship round, Stevenson had two hits and Mitchell Williams blasted a homerun, but it wasn't enough in the 10-4 loss to the Riley Smodilia team. In the deciding contest, Brigham Booe had a hit and a run with France contributing a hit and a walk in the victory.
The CYL 10-year-old team isn't new to success as the team advanced to the Ohio River Valley Regional in Niles, MI last year following a state championship. The team placed third in the Ohio Valley Regional and is gunning for a trip to the Cal Ripken World Series this season.
The CYL 10-year-old team includes: Brigham Booe, Matthew Clawson, Austin Cook, Jarrett Fischer, Hayden France, Jase Glassburn, Dylan Hiatt, Luke Lancaster, Bryce Minor, Austin Stevenson and Mitch Williams. Shane Glassburn is the manager with Matt Williams and Eric France also coaching.
The nine-team double-elimination regional begins with the CYL squad taking on Avon at 6 p.m. tonight followed by Mooresville taking on the District 7 runner-up team. Play continues through the weekend with the championship scheduled for July 14 at 8 p.m.
Cal Ripken 10-year-old district championship