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CYL 13s win tourney opener

Friday, July 15, 2011

Mitchell Howald of Clay County's 13-year-old Youth League All-Stars trots home in the second inning of Friday night's 17-1 victory over Connersville Friday. Matt McKinney Photo. [Order this photo]
The Clay County Youth League 13-year-olds started strong Friday evening against Connersville, scoring 10 runs in the game's first inning in a 17-1 rout.

Nate Thomas started the game at pitcher for Clay County, and he didn't disappoint.

Thomas only allowed three hits in his four innings of play, and only gave up one run. He also struck out five batters.

Not only did Clay County's defense shine, but its offense did as well.

The first inning was a great example of that, as fourteen batters came up the plate in the first, and half of them collected hits.

Tanner Knust started Clay County off by hitting a single to right field on the inning's first pitch, opening the floodgates for a scoring barrage.

Knust also came through for Clay County in the leadoff role, as he hit the opening single, a RBI sacrifice fly, and a 2-run single.

Seth Barrett also went 2-for-2 Friday evening as he it a single past the shortstop, then an RBI double in the game.

Ben Girton went 3-of-4, hitting two singles and a double. Girton also made a difficult diving catch in the outfield to end the fourth inning.

In the second inning, Clay County scored three runs off just one hit. There were two walks, two passed balls and a wild pitch to advance runners.

Clay County added to its total in the third, scoring four runs off three hits. Girton, Hunter Wolfe and Brayden White got consecutive singles to begin the inning.

Clay Youth League 13-year-old All-Star Tanner Knust prepares to bunt in the third inning of Clay County's 17-1 victory over Connersville Friday. Matt McKinney Photo. [Order this photo]
Tucker Stewart came in to pitch in the fourth for Clay County, and he didn't allow a hit. He also ended the game with a strikeout.

"I thought we played well all-around," Clay County Manager Jeff Stewart said. "We hit the ball very well, our pitching was very solid. Our defense was there. A solid performance all the way around."

The 13-year-olds will next face off against Delta today, at 3:30 p.m., at Northview, as part of pool play.

Babe Ruth 13-year-old State Tournament

At Northview


WP -- Thomas. LP -- Watkins.

2B -- CYL 3 (Barrett, Girton and Wolfe)

SB -- CYL 1 (Stewart)