Times Staff Report
NEW CASTLE -- The Clay County 15-year-old all-star team won a pair of games in pool play to start off the state tourney in New Castle over the weekend.
The squad won each game by decidedly different methods as Clay County got a complete-game shutout from Joe Ball to edge Elwood by a 1-0 score.
Conner Pierce hit an RBI single in the third inning to drive home Easton Booe with the game's only run.
Meanwhile, Ball allowed just five hits over seven innings while striking out five batters. He needed just 68 pitches, 49 of them thrown for strikes in shutting down Elwood.
At the plate, Bo Stewart had two hits along with Conner Ganley and Tanner Wilson added a double in the victory.
In the second game, Clay County's offense carried the squad, pounding out 16 hits and 18 runs against Plainfield in an 18-1 victory.
Damon Bass got the pitching start and held Plainfield to just three hits and no earned runs while striking out four. Kyle Moore came in to finish out the five-inning victory with two innings of scoreless work.
Pierce wielded a big bat as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run and a pair of doubles, driving in four runs. Austin Butts had three RBI and was also 3-for-4. Bass had two hits in a pair of plate appearances, scoring twice, stealing a base and driving in three. Ganley had two hits with an RBI, Tanner Wilson added two hits and walked twice with an RBI and Booe had a hit and an RBI for Clay County.
Clay County was an impressive 11-for-17 with runners in scoring position and had seven RBI's with two outs in the game.
Clay County begins bracket play this evening at 5:30 p.m. at New Castle.
Babe Ruth 15-year-old State Tourney
At New Castle
2B -- CC (T. Wilson, B. Stewart). EW (H. Hughes). SB -- CC (J. Ball), EW (R. French).
|J. Ball (W)||7.0||0||5||2||5|
|F. Wright (L)||7.0||1||7||1||8|
2B -- PL (J.Janich), CC (C. Pierce 2, T. Wilson). HR -- CC (C. Pierce). SB -- PL (H. Roberts), CC (T. Wilson, D. Bass).
|D. Bass (W)||3.0||1||3||0||4|
|R. Schuld (L)||1.2||13||10||2||1|