Times Staff Reporter
It's a challenge to ask a child to give up their Friday night, but the Clay County Youth League 11-year-olds gladly gave up theirs for a victory against the Mooresville Gold, thanks to an explosive second inning.
In the bottom of the first, Brevin Harper was hit by a pitch, sending him to first.
Andrew Osborn drove him home with a single to second.
In the second inning, Clay County went on a 7-hit, 13-run tear.
Kendrick McKee opened the inning by getting on base via hit-by-pitch, then Josh Campbell walked. Eli Rivera got on base by an error, bringing McKee home. Harper brought Campbell home on another error. Timmy Fiddler brought Rivera and Harper home with an error, then Osborn singled, and Sullivan walked. DeOreo hit a single to bring home Fiddler, then Caleb Cannon hit a single that allowed DeOreo and Osborn to cross home plate.
McKee continued the onslaught and brought Cannon home, then Kruse (subbed in for Campbell) hit a fielder's choice. Kruse scored via a passed ball. Rivera bunted to first, Harper got on base through an error, as did Fiddler. Osborn singled, then Fiddler scored on a wild pitch. Sullivan then doubled, sending Osborn home. DeOreo hit a single, and Cannon grounded out to end the suffering for Mooresville.
In the third, Ben Hapenny scored off Fiddler's RBI hit.
Dawson Ames finished the game at pitcher for Clay County, allowing no hits or runs.
The 11-year-olds play again today against the Mooresville Blue at noon.
Cal Ripken 11-year old State Tourney
At Forest Park
WP -- DeOreo. LP -- Perkins.
2B -- CYL (Sullivan)