Times Sports Editor
The Clay County 12-year-old all-star baseball team was crowned state champions on Sunday after winning the Cal Ripken State Championship at Middletown.
The Clay County squad defended the title that they won as 11-year-olds last season.
In the opening game of the tourney, Clay County received a forfeit win against Mooresville to get its first win under their belts. The team followed that up with a 19-1 pounding of the host Shenandoah squad. Clay County finished Saturday's play with a 9-2 victory over Riley. On Sunday, Clay County finished off the tournament title by defeating Riley by a 5-2 score.
The state title sends Clay County into the Ohio Valley Regional this weekend in Vincennes where 12 teams from six different states will gather and participate in pool play to open the tourney on Friday. Clay County is the Central Indiana champion and will take on Vincennes at 8 p.m. on Friday to start pool play. Other teams in the pool are Eastern Kentucky and Marshall, Ill. Other teams participating include squads from Zanesville, Ohio, Wisconsin, Western Kentucky and Michigan along with Edgewood, Ind. Riley, the Northern Indiana champion and a squad from Campbellsburg, Ind.
The teams are broken into three pools with the top-three teams from each pool advancing to a single elimination bracket.