Thursday’s baseball action:
• Eastern 11U wins opener; 10U, 8U teams begin pool play
• Western 10U beats defending champs, 9U falls short
• RiverDawgs use four homers to sweep doubleheader
• Early lead not enough for Bombers in road loss
The 11U and 8U teams began pool play in their respective Western Kentucky Cal Ripken State tournaments, while the 10U team had an off day after playing Wednesday.
The 11U team beat Prairie View 16-1 for a dominant start. Starting pitcher Christian Snyder struck out three batters in the win. He and Corbin Martin combined to allow a single run.
Ross Milburn and Miles Edge led the offense with three hits each. Collin Godeke, Byron Slaton, Carson Sowders, Braden Embry and Christian Snyder each added two hits.
The 8U team dropped their opener 16-1 to game to Grayson County, and the 10U team lost to Breckenridge County on Wednesday.
All three teams wrap up pool play Friday, and elimination rounds begin Saturday.
The 10U and 9U squads opened pool play in their respective Western Kentucky Cal Ripken State tournaments. Stats were not available from either game.
The 10U team took down the defending state champions Barren County 9-7. The 9U team took an early four-run lead but eventually fell 15-10 to LaRue County.
Owensboro 9, Fulton 7 (Game 1)
Owensboro 15, Fulton 7 (Game 2)
The RiverDawgs (20-9) used a pair of homers in each game of a road doubleheader to beat the Railroaders twice.
In game one, Ian Ellis hit a two-run blast in the first inning for an early lead. After a couple of lead changes, Fulton used back-to-back homers of their own to go in front 7-6 in the fourth inning.
Parker Stahlman put Owensboro on top with a two-RBI single in the fifth, and Michael Wymann’s solo shot to right field in the sixth was the final score of the game.
Kirk Liebert had two hits and two runs. Wymann and Stahlman each had a pair of runs and drove in two, while Ellis scored twice and had two RBIs. Starting pitcher Brenden Bube went 5.0 innings in the win, allowing four earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts.
In game two, a solo home run by Josh Bennett started the scoring in the second inning. Fulton took a brief lead before consecutive doubles by Wymann and Jacob White put Owensboro up 4-2 in the third.
A two-run homer by Kyle Hogwood came during a five run fifth frame, and Owensboro scored five more in the sixth.
Bennett, Wymann and White each had two hits. White led with three runs, and four others had two each. Hogwood drove in three runs. Starting pitcher Cameron Harvey threw 4.0 innings, giving up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
Newburgh 10, Owensboro 7
Four runs in the first inning weren’t enough for the Bombers, as Newburgh’s offense came through late to win at home.
Owensboro started hot, using five consecutive hits to score four runs before the first out. Tucker Hagan doubled to open the game and scored on a double by Griffin Haire. Daylin Crabtree then drove in Haire and Tommy Clark with a single, and he later scored on a hit by Ethan Cartwright.
Newburgh used a five-run fourth inning to take a lead, adding two runs in each of the next two innings. A two-out double by Owensboro’s Cameron Hanley drove in two runs in the sixth, and Haire’s groundout in the seventh allowed Hagan to score.
Clark finished with three hits and a run, and Hagan added two hits and two runs. Crabtree drove in two and scored two.