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CYL 15's blast opponents in district

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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The Clay Youth League 15-year-old team claimed a District 5 championship this week and a berth in the state tourney this weekend. The team is made up by (back row from left) Manager Cyle Watts, Bricen White, Bryant Pestoff, Zach Hull, Coleman Craig, Cole Watts and Coach Kurt Smith. (Front row) Kodie Girton, Travis Hakman, Kole Smith, TJ Decker, Jordan Girton, Tanner Glenn and Tyler Wilson
Staff Report

The Clay Youth League 15's can add a District 5 championship to their accomplishments after a convincing display in Bloomington over the weekend finalized by a championship game win to open the week.

The District 5 title propels the CYL squad into a berth at the Cal Ripken State Tourney held at Gibson Southern this weekend.

The CYL put on a powerful offensive display during the tourney, defeating its first three opponents via the 10-run rule.

In the opening tourney game last Thursday, the CYL pounced on Brown County for a 12-1 victory in six innings.

Zach Hull led the offensive charge with a 3-for-3 evening with two doubles and a single. He wasn't alone in doing damage as TJ Decker had two hits and Kodie Girton, Tyler Wilson, Cole Watts, Kole Smith and Travis Hakman all had hits.

Girton supplied the power on the mound, striking out 10 over five innings before Hull finished out the game with an inning of work.

In game two it was more of the same for the CYL in a 10-0 pasting of Valle Field.

Tanner Glenn led an extra base hit parade with a triple and Jordan Girton and Coleman Craig smacked two-base hits in the victory. Bryant Pestoff contributed a pair of hits along with Decker and Wilson, Hull and Kodie Girton each had base hits.

Decker got the win on the mound, striking out six Valle Field hitters over six innings.

Saturday evening had the CYL in action versus Owen Valley resulting in a 12-2 win by the Brazil natives.

The win sent the CYL into the championship game as Hull and Pestoff each doubled and singled at the plate. Craig and Kodie Girton each had two hits with Wilson, Decker, Jordan Girton, Glenn, Watts and Smith all getting a hit.

Craig picked up the win, going the distance and striking out 11.

Owen Valley's squad ended pool play as the No. 2 seed with Valle Field claiming the third seed and the CYL on top as the No. 1 seed.

As the lone unbeaten team, Clay County would have to be beaten twice in the championship game.

Owen Valley got another crack at the CYL with a shot at the District Championship on the line, but the CYL 15's needed just one game to dispatch their opponent, claiming a 13-3 victory.

Clay County got rolling quickly in the first inning as both Wilson and Hull scored on a hit and an error. The CYL plated three more runs in the second frame with Glenn, Smith and Watts tallying runs to push the gap to 5-0.

Owen Valley came back to score three runs of its own in the third inning to close the CYL lead to 5-3.

The pitchers held each team scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings before the CYL put the game out of reach with a seven-run outburst in the sixth inning.

Pestoff, Glenn, Hakman, Bricen White, Wilson, Decker and Jordan Girton all scored.

Decker had four singles with Wilson and White adding two apiece. Jordan Girton, Pestoff, Glenn, Smith, Watts and Hakman all had a base hit and both Kodie Girton and Craig had a double.

Kodie Girton got the win on the mound, going the distance.