HAMMOND -- The Clay Youth League 11-year-old baseball team remains alive despite a loss in its second game of the Ohio Valley Regional in Hammond, IN.
The CYL squad bounced back after a 6-0 loss to Northern Illinois state champion, Homewood, to win a pair of games on Sunday that keeps the squad alive.
The team is scheduled to play the winner between Barren County, KY and Logansport, IN tonight at 8 p.m.
Clay County picked up right where it left off in winning the state title last weekend by drilling the host Hammond team, 10-0 in a four-inning, 10-run rule victory.
Mitchell Howald had an inside the park grandslam and was named the Player of the Game. Brayden White, Howald and Tucker Stewart each combined in the shutout victory on the mound.
Offensive leaders in the game included Howald, White, Stewart, Seth Barrett and Hunter Wolfe. Both White and Tanner Knust turned in some nifty defensive plays.
Clay County pounced on Scott County, KY, posting a 10-0 victory as Logan Ames shut the opponent out over four innings. Knust had a pair of singles and a double with White also adding a double. Sam Mace smacked a pair of base hits and Ames, Howald and Stewart each had hits.
Next up for Clay County was a match up with Escabonda, MI. In a tooth-and-nail battle, Clay County emerged with an eight inning, 10-9 victory.
White came in in relief and threw six scoreless innings with Ames closing out the game in the eighth.
Clay County jumped out to score five runs in the first inning while sending nine batters to the plate. However, Michigan fired a salvo right back, exploding for eight runs in the second inning for a 9-5 advantage. Clay County began to chip away at the deficit, scoring two runs in the third inning and single runs in both the fourth and fifth frames to tie the game.
The contest remained tied at 9-all into the eighth inning when White singled and advanced on a bunt by Trevor Smith. Wolfe was hit-by-pitch to load the bases and Howald brought home the game-winner with a base hit.
Landon Swearingen had three singles in the win, Stewart singled and tripled, White had two base hits, Mace doubled and Knust, Seth Barrett, Wolfe and Howald all singled.