CHARLESTOWN — For the second game in a row, the Highlander Youth Recreation 11-year-old baseball All-Stars utilized their bats to full efficiency to collect another victory in the District V tournaments at Charlestown Little League Park.
HYR smacked 11 hits to defeat Silver Creek in five innings on Monday, 16-5. HYR has smacked 25 hits in its first two contests in the tournament, as it had 14 hits in its 12-5 tournament-opening win over New Albany on Saturday.
“They are base hitters from top to bottom,” HYR manager Mike Brown said about his squad. “We’ve got to hit the ball to be successful.”
Four HYR players registered a multihit game. Aaron Brown went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Noah Franklin also was 2-for-2 with four runs scored, a double and an RBI.
Teammate Jalen Poates went 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and an RBI. HYR starting pitcher Blake Barrett was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Barrett forced the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning when he launched a three-run home run over the left-field fence.
Mike Brown said his squad played in a recent 12-year-old tournament in Seymour that helped it get ready for the district tournament. HYR scored 42 runs in four contests during the Seymour tourney.
“That was a big thing for these kids,” the HYR skipper said.
Silver Creek (0-2) scored the majority of its runs in the top of the second. With the score tied at one, Creek tallied four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Elijah Bays collected the big hit in the frame with a two-run single to center field. Teammate Jake Jackson also had an RBI single.
But HYR (2-0) answered in the bottom of the third with nine runs on six hits, sending 14 batters to the plate. The key hits in the inning were an RBI double by Franklin, a one-run triple by Poates and an RBI single by Barrett. HYR scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth.
“We just kind of started losing it, pitching-wise,” Silver Creek manager Caleb Rench said. “They hit the ball where we weren’t a couple of times. We just kind of got outplayed.”
Barrett, who made the HYR All-Stars as a coach’s choice player, got the victory on the mound. He threw all five innings, allowing all five Silver Creek runs (none earned) on five hits. Barrett struck out four and walked seven.
HYR will face Jeff/GRC at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Silver Creek will take on New Albany at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
• Silver Creek downs New Albany in four innings: Silver Creek clinched a spot in Thursday’s division championship game with a 10-0 triumph over New Albany in four innings.
It was another solid performance by Silver Creek pitcher Lexie McAfee. She tossed a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts after throwing a no-hitter against Clarksville on Saturday.
Silver Creek’s Abby Whitlock and Dana Shields each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Whitlock had a double, while Shields smacked a triple. Teammate Zoie Zimmerman was 2-for-2 with a run scored.
New Albany’s three hits were singles by Camri Thomas, Mia Fougerrouse and Krysten Campbell.
Silver Creek (4-0) will play in Thursday’s title game at 6:30 p.m. New Albany (2-1) will play Jeff/GRC at 8 tonight.
• HYR thumps Charlestown: HYR scored seven runs in the top of the fifth to down Charlestown in five frames, 12-1. It was the District V opener for both teams.
HYR’s Seth Cordial and Jared Harvey each went 3-for-4, as Cordial had two doubles. Teammate Matthew Jewell was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, while HYR’s Blake Carl was 2-for-4 with a double.
Jewell was the winning pitcher in a starting role, giving up six hits and fanning three.
Charlestown’s Tanner Wesp and Brandon Love each were 2-for-3.
HYR will take on Clarksville at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Charlestown will face Clarksville at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
Note: Results from Monday’s 11-12 softball game between Jeff/GRC and Clarksville were not reported at press time.