Jasonville hosts tournament

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

JASONVILLE ---- This past weekend, Jasonville was the host site of its first ever 10 and under Cal Ripken League District 6 Tournament. Shakamak played host to eight area all star teams which included, Riley A, Riley B, Northeast Youth League, White River Valley, Clay County, Sullivan, Shakamak 10 and under, and Shakamak 9 year old team in a double elimination format.

In game one, Shakamak 10's matched up against town rival Shakamak 9's. Shakamak 10's jumped on top with their only run of the game in the top of the first. The Shakamak 9's managed to plate runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings.

The combined pitching of Mark West and Brett Yeryar allowed just two hits and whiffed 12. Kyler Fulford was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. Mark West helped his own cause with 3 singles, 2 runs and two stolen bases.

Game two saw WRV against Northeast Youth League, with NEYL coming out on top 7-4. For most of the game, NEYL seemed to be in control. However in the bottom of the fourth, WRV threatened with four runs to take the lead 4-3. In the top of the fifth, NEYL plated four to cruise to victory. Trent Myers of WRV was 2-3.

Riley A defeated Clay County 8-3 in game three of the tournament.

Game number four was a match up between Sullivan and Riley B. Riley took control early and never looked back defeating Sullivan 17-7. Sullivan was led by Smith at the plate with two hits.

The second round of the winner's bracket pitted Shakamak 9's versus Northeast Youth League. For the first half of the game, NEYL kept it close, but in the fourth and fifth innings, Shakamak plated seven runs to post an 11-4 victory. Shakamak's Bret Yeryar and Kyler Fulford combined for a four hit performance on the mound while Mark West and Brett Yeryar had two hits apiece.

In the loser's bracket, Shakamak 10's managed to beat WRV 14-2. Shakamak's Kage Fougerousse, Raven Martin, and Koty Gilbert combined to throw a three hitter. Brody Crowe helped out with four hits as Martin and Christian Burris both had two hits. WRV's Myers was 2-4 with a double.

On Sunday morning, the Shakamak 10's faced almost an insurmountable feat. They had to win two games to advance to the state tournament. Their first game of the morning, Shakamak defeated Riley B 7-3. Once again, Fougerousse, Martin and Gilbert combined for the victory on the hill.

On Sunday afternoon, the only two remaining undefeated teams squared off. Riley A was able to send the Shakamak 9 team to the loser's bracket with a 17-2 win.

Sunday afternoon, the Shakamak 10's faced Clay County. The winner of this game gained an automatic birth into the state tourney as the loser was sent packing. Shakamak jumped to an early 6-2 lead and eventually won 10-7. Brody Crowe pitched the complete game. He struck out six batters and walked only three. Crowe had three hits while Jake Gilbert and Christian Burris had two hits.

With Shakamak 10's third victory of the tournament, they would get a chance to redeem themselves. For the second time in the tournament, they would meet there hometown rivals, the Shakamak 9 year old team.

With both Shakamak teams and Riley A already qualifying for the state tourney, all that was left to fight over was a trophy and some pride. Early in the game, The 9's were able to rattle the 10's and take the lead. However, the 10's were not going to quit. After battling back from an 8-3 deficit, the Shakamak 10's managed to cut the lead to 8-7 going into the bottom of the sixth. As it looked like the 9's were going to get the win, Brett Yeryar hit two Shakamak 10 hitters and walked a third to load the bases. Yeryar then got the next Shakamak 10 batter to chase a change up and ground out to end the game.

Shakamak 9's would later advance to the championship game against Riley A and eventually finish second. Riley defeated the Shakamak 9 team 17-3.

"I felt as if the tournament was a huge success, mentioned Shakamak's 9u team head coach Shane Padgett. "I'm very proud of both teams from Shakamak and hope we fair well next weekend in the state tournament hosted in Riley. I also want to thank all of the parents, volunteers and participants it took to pull off such a great baseball tournament."

Shakamak 10's will play the host team Riley A this Friday night at 5:30 p.m. as the Shakamak 9's will face the runner-up team from district 7 Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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