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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.  

Post 128 Runs Over Express

AVISTON - The Salem Legion Post 128 defeated the Aviston Express 5-1 on the road last night to improve their record to 13-4 on the season.  Brenden Boles went 3-4 with 3 RBI and Levi Davis had a double and two triples to support winning pitcher Riley Martin.  

Also at the plate, Brett Harmeier drove in a run, Devin Williams, Dre Hill and Garrett Murphy also had hits.  

Salem will host Carlyle tomorrow at SCHS Field and invite all the Veterans out to start their 4th of July weekend.  

Today in Senior Legion play, Robinson is at Mt Vernon, Aviston plays at Carlyle and New Baden is at Trenton.

In Junior Legion action tonight, Centralia is at Breese Gray.  

Pictured are the campers Jenson Boatright (Carlyle), Conner Diekemper (Carlyle), Andrew Crosby (Albers), Alex Crosby (Albers), Cayden Lusch (Odin), Kendal Rakers (Carlyle), Dakota Rakers (Carlyle), Bobby Yardley (LaPlace), Ethan Brinkmann (Carlyle), Michael Brinkmann (Carlyle), Tymar Offutt (Centralia), Logan Fruend (Carlyle), Seth Fruend (Carlyle), Keaton Langenhorst (Shattuc), Landon Langenhorst (Shattuc), Kaleb Eversgerd (Carlyle), Tristan Bierman (Centralia), Lukas Ellis (Shattuc), Brady Gustafson (Carlyle), Owen Kuhls (Centralia), Nolan Tapley (Carlyle), Jayden Cushman (Centralia), Colby Bursott (Kell), Lucas Bursott (Kell), Garrett Denton (Centralia), Emmaus Livesay (Centralia), Lucas Shelby (Mt. Vernon), Karvieon Black (Mt. Vernon), Esaias Jefferson (Mt. Vernon), Blake Hanke (Carlyle), Adam Klostermann (Highland), Brennan Howeston (Centralia), Cohen Bales (Mascoutah) and

The Kaskaskia College Basketball Program recently hosted a camp at the KC Gym.  The camp was instructed by KC head coach Brian Hancock and KC players. 

Pictured are the campers: Justin Copple (Vernon), Kyle Eversgerd (Centralia), Conner Diekemper (Carlyle), Andrew Crosby (Albers), Alex Crosby (Albers), Cayden Lusch (Odin), Ian Justice (Centralia), Kendal Rakers (Carlyle), Dakota Rakers (Carlyle), Drew Lyons (Centralia), Elijah Marcum (Centralia), Brody Diekemper (Carlyle), Andrew Jansen (Beckmeyer), Aiden Reynolds (Centralia), Braden Rubsam (Leesburg, GA), Logan Rubsam (Leesburg, GA), Ethan Brinkmann (Carlyle), Michael Brinkmann (Carlyle), Drew Jack (Centralia), Hayden Hanson (Centralia), William Graham (Centralia), Trevor Parker (Carlyle), Nolan Tapley (Carlyle), Jackson Brammeier (Carlyle), Brock Fuhrhop (Coulterville), Owen Gaynor (Okawville), Jaxson Hancock (Centralia), Ethan Hanke (Carlyle), Jackson Harre (Okawville), Dylan Mollett (Carlyle), and Matthew Morris (Centralia). Also pictured are KC head coach Mitch Koester a

The Kaskaskia College Baseball Program recently hosted a Hitting Camp at Larry Smith Field.  The camp was instructed by KC head coach Mitch Koester and KC players. 

2016 Coach Pitch Regular Season & Tournament Champion IGA Yankees. Finished the season at 14-1.

YOUTH COMPLEX - The IGA Yankees are the 2016 coach pitch baseball champions.  After finishing the regular season with just one loss, the Yankees completed the championship sweep with the tournament title last night beating the Radiac Reds 14-11.

Aadin Rostance, Kyler Sapp, Payton Gullion and Avery Gullion each had 3 hits in the win and combined for 10 of the 14 runs.  

The Reds trailed 14-5 heading into the final inning, but plated 6 runs before the Yankees could finish the game.  

Following action, Yankees coach Josh Sapp told WJBD/WSIQ that he wanted to "thank all the coaches who helped this year and "a big thanks to all the parents and family who showed their support this year.  Our team practiced hard and played even harder throughout the year and hopefully they had a little fun doing so."  

The Jeff Dunahee Royals defeated the Salem Bowl Marlins in the third place game.  In the loss for the Marlins, Evan Barnes was 3-4 with 2 RBI.  

In coach pitch softball first round tournament action, Bandy's Pharmacy defeated Dairy Queen 3-1 in extra innings.  For the winners, Breanna Thurman waas 4-4, Lilly Blagoe had a double and triple while driving in a run and Carly Veach had 2 hits and an RBI.  For DQ, Natalie Lee was 2-3 as was Addie Lever.

In Major's play, Minor League Royals defeat Rotary Reds 11-1. The Royals were led offensively by Quintin Purcell and Braden Smith who both went 3 for 3 at the plate. Defensively the Royals received great starting pitching from Caleb Calhoun who pitched a complete game using only 51 pitches in the process. Calhoun received solid defensive play in support including a great running catch in center field by Aden Taylor and several heads up plays by the Royals defense. The Reds were led offensively by Bryson Quinn who was 2 for 2 at the plate.


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