Times Sports Editor
The championships came in drastically different forms for the Clay Youth League's 11 and 12-year olds playing in the Cal Ripken State Tourney on Sunday night. But they are each champions nonetheless.
The 11-year-old squad pounded out a 15-5, 10-run rule victory against Mooresville's 'A' team to advance to the Ohio Valley Regional in Lexington, Ky. on July 21st. The 12-year-old squad proved to need a few dramatics in capturing a nail biter of a 6-5 decision also against Mooresville's 'A' squad to move on to Ohio Valley Regional competition in South Bend.
Both CYL squads defended the state championships that they won in the previous age group last season.
For the CYL 11's, a slow start wasn't enough to derail their title hopes as Mooresville held a 5-1 lead through three-and-a-half innings before the CYL pounded out seven runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to secure the victory.
Hunter Sullivan smashed a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Brevan Harper added an RBI double as part of that initial seven-run outburst that gave the CYL a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Andrew Osborn smacked three singles, a double and drove home three runs and Caleb Cannon had a pair of two base hits while driving home three runs as well. Trever DeOreo had a base hit and an RBI, Braden Kruse added two hits and scored twice and Eli Rivera had a base hit and scored once. Timmy Fiddler had a base hit and scored two times and Kendrick McKee had an RBI with Dawson Ames playing well in the field.
DeOreo got the pitching start and went the first four innings before giving way to Cannon in the fifth inning.
The only run that the CYL had mustered came in the third as Jaden Lindsey had singled on a bunt and Austin Cook had reached on an error on a short pop up in the outfield that was dropped. Lindsey was out on the play, however and Cook was later forced out at third base on a grounder by Brigham Booe.
With two outs, a wildpitch advanced both runners into scoring position before a wildpitch scored Austin Stevenson, who had walked.
The theatrics began for the CYL as they trailed 5-1 heading into their final two at-bats of the game.
In the fifth inning, Lindsay led off with a lined double to the wall and Cook followed with a single as Mooresville changed pitchers.
Momentum began to swing as Mitchell Williams hit a single to centerfield that brought home both Cook and Booe as the CYL crept within 5-4. Wise was able to settle down and got Conner Reinoehl to flyout and Luke Lancaster to groundout in a close play at first base.
Booe, who had relieved Brandon Walker in the fourth inning, set Mooresville down quickly to keep the momentum flowing for the CYL.
Down to their last at-bat, Matt Clawson calmly drew a walk to lead off the inning and Jase Glassburn smashed an RBI double to leftfield to tie the game. Lindsay followed with an infield hit to set the plate for Cook, who stepped to the plate and served a single to rightfield.
Glassburn raced home, arms raised in celebration as Cook basked in the moment at first base after his game-winner in a 6-5 victory.
11-year-old Cal Ripken State Tourney
WP -- DeOreo. LP -- Miller.
12-year-old Cal Ripken State Tourney
WP -- Booe. LP -- Wise.