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Deep talent pool feeds CYL regional teams

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Trevor Smith fires a pitch to the plate during the Clay Youth League 11-year-old practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Times Sports Editor

As tournament play gets underway in the Cal Ripken Southwest Regional Tourney at Forest Park for the 10-year old division last night, it's also important to know that the Clay Youth League will be well represented in the other age groups as well.

The CYL 10's were joined in district championships by their nine, 11 and 12-year old counterparts, which in turn propelled the teams into regional competition.

The 11-year old team defeated Riley, 6-3 and 10-7 earlier this week in district play to claim the championship and will begin tourney play this evening.

Tucker Stewart had a single and a double while both Braden White and Sam Mace both had two hits in the district championship game win.

The 11-year old regional state tourney begins with Clay County facing Newburgh tonight at 6 p.m. followed by Riley and Avon. Play continues through the weekend with a champion being crowned on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The 11-year old team is comprised of: Tanner Knust, Tucker Stewart, Sam Mace, Mitchell Howald, Liam Jones, Hunter Wolfe, Trevor Smith, Logan Ames, Seth Barrett, Landon Swearingen and Blake Mershon.

The 12-year old CYL team also took home a district title, defeating Riley twice (8-1 and 6-3) along with a win over Parke County in a tourney played at Riley.

Hunter Slack fields a ground ball at third base during practice on Thursday night. Slack and his Clay Youth League 12-year-old all-star team head to Vincennes for a game at noon on Saturday in the Cal Ripken Southwest Regional.
The tourney win was the second for the squad following a win at the June Bash Tournament.

The win propels the 12's into its own Southwest Regional Tourney, but the team must travel to Vincennes to open play on Saturday. The CYL plays the winner of a Friday game between Riley's 'A' team and the Northeast Youth League squad from Sullivan.

The CYL nine-year old team plays in the invitation state tournament in Bloomington this weekend. A roster was unavailable at press time.