The Washington 12-year-old all-stars finished pool play at 2-0 after a 31-7 rout of Moraine-West Carrollton at the Major Division field at Lewis Street Thursday evening.
Washington will play in the District Eight semifinals this evening at Moraine-West Carrollton, either at 6 or 8 p.m. against the second place team in pool B (either Fairborn, Englewood or Enon).
The District championship game will be at Moraine-West Carrollton Saturday at 10 a.m.
As for Thursday’s game, Washington had 23 hits and committed just two errors to only three hits by Moraine-West Carrollton. The visitors committed seven errors.
Moraine scored one run in the top of the first.
Washington scored six in the bottom of the first.
Conner Bucher doubled to left and stole third.
He scored on a single by Karson Runk.
Weston Melvin reached on an error and Runk scored on a wild pitch.
Drew Ferguson hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Melvin.
Braden Osborne reached on an error and scored on a double by Hugh Silberman.
Hayden Hunter had an infield hit and Gabe Campagna grounded out, scoring Silberman.
A wild pitch scored Hunter and Dylan Grove was hit by a pitch.
Bucher singled, but there was no further scoring by Washington in the first.
Moraine scored five runs in the top of the second to tie the game, 6-6.
Two walks and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases for Moraine.
One runner got in a run-down between third and home and ended up scoring on the play.
Two walks later and a wild pitch made it 6-3.
Another batter was hit by a pitch to make it 6-4.
Back-to-back wild pitches allowed Moraine to tie the game.
Moraine had a double by Dalton Jones, but the game remained tied, 6-6.
Washington regained the lead in the bottom of the second.
Melvin doubled to right-center and went to third on a wild pitch.
Evan Weaver singled, scoring Melvin.
Washington then hit into a double play.
Silberman hit a double and Braden May had a bunt single that scored Silberman to give Washington an 8-6 lead.
After Moraine went out in order with three strikeouts by the winning pitcher, Campagna, Washington came to bat in the bottom of the third.
No one could have known at the time that the bottom of the third inning alone was going to take the better part of an hour to play.
Washington sent 28 batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring 23 runs on 14 hits. Moraine committed four errors in the inning. There were also three wild pitches/passed balls and three walks.
In the inning, Braden Osborne hit a grand slam home run, Conner Bucher hit a two-run home run, Karson Runk hit a double, Gabe Campagna hit two doubles, Weston Melvin hit a double, Hugh Silberman hit a double.
In the game, 11 of Washington’s 12 players collected at least one hit.
Seven Washington all-stars had at least two hits each, five had at least three hits and two players had as many as four hits.
Karson Runk was 4 for 5 with a double, a triple, four runs scored and three rbi.
Hugh Silberman went 4 for 5 with three doubles, three rbi and four runs scored.
Conner Bucher went 3 for 3 with a double, a home run, four runs scored and two rbi.
Weston Melvin went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two rbi and four runs scored.
Braden Osborne was 3 for 4 with a grand slam home run, four rbi and four runs scored.
Gabe Campagna went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, three rbi and two runs scored.
Brayden May went 2 for 3, scoring twice.
Pitching for Washington, Karson Runk started and pitched one-plus innings with one hit, six runs, six walks and two strikeouts.
Gabe Campagna pitched two innings, notching the win. He allowed one hit, walked two and struck out three.
Brayden May closed the game pitching the fourth inning. He allowed one hit and one run with one walk and one strikeout.
Offensively for Washington: Conner Bucher, 3-3, 1 2b, 1 home run, 2 rbi, 1 sb, 4 runs; Karson Runk, 4-5, 4 runs, 1 2b, 1 3b, 3 rbi; Weston Melvin, 3-4, 2 2b, 2 sb, 2 rbi, 4 runs; Drew Ferguson, 1-1, 1 bb, 1 sac fly, 1 rbi, 2 runs; Braden Osborne, 3-4, 1 grand slam home run, 4 rbi, 4 runs; Hugh Silberman, 4-5, 3 2b, 3 rbi, 2 sb, 4 runs; Hayden Hunter, 1-1, 1 run; Gabe Campagna, 2-3, 1 bb, 2 2b, 2 sb, 3 rbi, 2 runs; Dylan Grove, 1-2, hbp, 2 rbi, 1 run; Evan Weaver, 1-1, 2 bb, 1 run; Brayden May, 2-3, 2 runs; Alex Boles, 0-0, 1 bb, roe, 2 runs.
MWC 150 1xx — 7 3 7
WCH 62(23) xxx — 31 23 2
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