Another full day of Little League All-Stars District 1 Tournament pool play featured two local squads facing off, with the Owensboro Southern 12-year-old team earning a 17-0 rout of East Daviess County at Country Heights Elementary School.
The Owensboro Southern 11U and 10U teams also won their games Sunday, as did the East Daviess County 11U All-Stars. The East Daviess County 10U team lost their final game of pool play and was eliminated from the tournament.
The Southern 10U team now advances to a semifinal elimination game Monday night. The Southern and Daviess County 10U and 11U squads all remain in pool play through Tuesday.
Owensboro Southern 17, East Daviess County 0
Owensboro Southern recorded 16 hits in their victory over East Daviess County. Keagyn Rhinerson paved the way for Southern, accounting for eight of their 17 runs, while Will Rickard held Daviess County scoreless on the mound.
Rhinerson hit a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning that put the game out of reach. He was 3-for-3 on the day while driving in five runs and scoring three. Southern manager Matt Evans had several compliments for his player.
“He’s got very sneaky power and he hits for average — he’s just a stud,” Evans said. “When he gets going, he’s hot.”
Southern moves to 3-0 with one game remaining in pool play. They hope to keep that momentum moving forward when they play Hopkins County at 7 p.m. Monday for an opportunity to secure the No. 1 seed entering tournament play.
“We’re pitching the ball really well and we haven’t given up a lot of runs,” Evans said. “Our key to winning is to give them 18 outs and to not walk people and take the outs they give us.”
Daviess County’s lone hit came in the third inning when Hayden Aull hit a single. Manager Duane Howard acknowledged it was not their best performance, but they were going to remain positive and persistent.
“We have to get more aggressive at the plate and be willing to swing the bat more,” Howard said. “Hayden Hamilton did exactly what we asked on the mound, and Will Hernandez made some great catches in center field for us.”
Rickard was dominant on the mound for Southern, allowing no runs on one hit and no walks. Limiting the number of runs allowed in pool play is crucial, as run differential plays a role in determining a tie-breaker for seeding purposes. Bowling Green East is also 3-0 and competing for the top seed.
“There are 13 different kids and they can all swing the bat, and that’s our biggest problem right now,” Evans joked. “It’s a management game, you just try to pick the right kid and get him in the right spot.”
East Daviess County 12, Hopkinsville Christian County 8
East Daviess County used a high powered offense to defeat Hopkinsville Christian County. They moved to 2-1 in pool play and will play Warren County South at 3 p.m. Monday for an opportunity to improve their seed in tournament play.
Christian Farmer led the way for Daviess County, scoring three of their runs and recording two hits. Jaxson Mattingly also scored three runs. Braydon Jarboe earned the win on the mound.
It was a complete team effort for Daviess County, who committed just one error in the field and had eight different players cross the plate. Manager Kyle Watkins was pleased with his team’s performance but added that there was still room for improvement.
“It’s the first time in the tournament that we’ve swung the bat that well,” Watkins said. “We have to keep swinging the bats. We’ve been making contact this whole tournament but now we’re starting to find the holes. It’s basic baseball, we just have to play our game.”
Owensboro Southern 26, Warren County North 2
Owensboro Southern was dominant all the way through their victory over Warren County North. With the win, they moved to 2-1 in pool play and will play Hopkinsville at 3 p.m. Monday.
Southern’s bats were consistently hot and after an eight-run second inning, they secured a mercy-rule victory with 13 runs in the fourth frame.
Brayden Burger drove in four runs while teammate Ty Ashley recorded four hits in five plate appearances. Ty Lillpop and Jayden James each scored five runs while James and Nicholas Sims had a double a piece.
Lane Hundley got the nod on the mound, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three batters in 2.2 innings of work. Nicholas Sims pitched 1.1 innings and allowed no runs on no hits while striking out three batters and walking one.
Owensboro Southern 8, Logan County 2
Southern jumped on the scoreboard early, plating one run in the first inning and two in the second before pulling away for a victory.
Southern had nine hits and committed no errors. Issac James, Jude Evans, Tucker Evans, Braxton Gilbert and Myles Grant each drove in one run a piece.
Maddox Ulmer picked up the win on the mound, allowing no runs on one hit in three innings. Braxton Gilbert pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit, while Jaxson Fogle pitched one inning and allowed one run on no hits.
Southern finished pool play at 2-1 and will play Bowling Green East in an elimination game at 7 p.m. Monday.
Bowling Green East 14, East Daviess County 4
East Daviess County suffered a loss to Bowling Green East in their final game of pool play, bringing their tournament record to 1-2.
Daviess County scored two runs in the first and two runs in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to contain the high-powered Bowling Green East team.
Cale Boarman, Kayin Howard and Grant Howard recorded one hit each to lead Daviess County.