Youth Complex - The Little League Minor's opened up tournament play last night. In the biggest surprise of the night, 7th seeded Rotary Reds defeated the 2nd seeded Modern Woodman Marlins 4-3. Matthew Sellers hit a long 2-run homer in the first inning to give the Reds an early lead. Alex Wilzbach was excellent on the mound, Owen Landreth worked an inning before Matthew Sellers came in to retire the final out with the tying and winning runs in scoring position. At the plate for the Reds, Landreth was 2-2 with a double and Max McIntosh singled. Adam Bass singled and scored for the Marlins, Noah Nix doubled and scored and Wes Spenner singled and scored.
The Reds advance to take on 3rd seed Marion County Savings Bank A's as they earned a 10-0, four-inning win over the Kert Martin Cardinals. Keaton Gullion scored a pair of runs, Luke Young scored twice and drove in another. Mason Jones had a huge night at the plate, in three at-bats he was 3-3 with 5 RBI. Armoni Dempsey and Hayden Hopkins drove in runs while Dane Webster added a 2 run single. Trent Dempsey earned the win throwing a complete game allowing 4 hits and striking out 8. For the Cardinals, Jairen Stroud was 2-2, Micah Snyder and Chance Sill also had hits. The A's and Reds will play at 5:30 in the opening game of the night.
On the bottom side of the bracket, the 5th seeded Squibb Tank Royals knocked off 4th seed Elks Rockies 12-2. Brenan Lux, Coen West and Kyle Malone each drove in a pair of runs. Jon Bursott, Lucas Bursott, Austin See, Cody Beard and Braden Rector also drove in runs. Colby Bursott scored a pair of runs and Shaun East singled. For the Rockies, Kameron Wilkins tripled home a run, Gavin Decker and Heydin Purcell each had run-scoring doubles and Dayton Parker singled and scored.
The Royals will get the top-seeded Hunter Law Yankees who eliminated the Americana Tigers 11-1 in four innings. Jalen Inlow went the distance allowing 4 hits and 1 run with 8 strikeouts. At the plate, Cooper Lobek drove in 3, Gavin Zimmerman and Zack Tyler had a pair of RBI. Also driving in runs were Silas Moats, Rhett Detering and Inlow. Ryan Detering and Cole Wimberly also had hits. 11 of 12 Yankees scored runs last night. For the Tigers, Connor Tennyson tripled, Rhett Runge had 2 hits and scored and Bryson Pappas added an RBI. The Royals and Yankees first pitch will be at 7:30.
In little league softball tournament play last night, Rural King beat Radiac 20-13. Down 13-9 heading into the final inning, Rural King plated 11 runs and held on for the win. Jaydin Jaminson, Kenzie Thomas, Jaycee Giocomo and Alyssa Prosise all doubled. Jaeda Rollinson, Claire Gordon, Heavenly Phillips, Jillie Powless, Kenzie Harmon Hodge, Oddyssie Horton and Grace Phillips added hits Madison McGee hit the ball for the first time all year although she was thrown out at first.
In the semifinals of the Junior Tournament, the Salem Tire Center Cardinals defeated the Chico's Yankees 11-1. Mikey Planitz and Brady Munter combined to strikeout 10, allowing one run on five hits. Tyson Mann doubled and scored three times. Rylan Quinn had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Munter had 2 hits including a double and a RBI to go with 2 runs scored. Adam Smith added 2 singles. For the Yankees, Eric Barham singled twice and scored. Salem Tire Center improves to 10-3 and will take on Wayne Steavens Construction in the finals.