ENGLEWOOD — The Washington C.H. 10-year-old all-stars were playing in their third game in the State Little League tournament Tuesday afternoon in Englewood.
The opponent was Tallmadge (from near Akron), champions of District One.
A big early inning and a big closing inning led Tallmadge to a 30-9 victory.
The Washington all-stars finish their run at the State tournament with a record of 1-2.
Tallmadge, now 2-1 in the tournament, advances to play the loser of the game between Galion and Hamilton West Side.
The ball just didn’t bounce the way of the Washington C.H. all-stars in this game.
There were several balls in the first inning that seemed to either take a funny hop, or just eluded the Washington’s fielder’s gloves.
Despite getting down 12-0 after Tallmadge batted in the top of the first, Washington C.H. began a comeback bid right away in their first turn at bat.
Washington scored five runs in the first to trail by seven with five innings to play.
After a scoreless second for both teams, Tallmadge scored one in the third and Washington responded with two runs for a 13-7 score.
Tallmadge scored three in the fourth, increasing their lead to 16-7.
Washington was held off the board in the fourth and fifth.
The sixth brought the curtain down on the tournament for Washington, as Tallmadge scored 14.
Washington kept battling, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth for the final, 30-9.
In the first for Washington, Bryson Heath led off with an infield hit.
Landan St.Clair, Lafe Coleman and Xavier Lawhorn walked in succession for Washington’s first run of the game.
Tallmadge changed pitchers at this juncture.
Trey Robinette walked, forcing in St.Clair to make it 12-2.
After the first out was recorded, Cody Moore walked, scoring Coleman.
With two away, Jake Bashor walked, scoring Lawhorn.
Heath walked to bring in Robinette to make it 12-5.
Tallmadge stranded two runners in the top of the second.
In the bottom of the second for Washington, Lawhorn and Coffman both hit singles, but they were left aboard.
Tallmadge tacked on a run in the third to go in front, 13-5.
In the bottom of the third, Jakob Hoosier led off and was hit by a pitch.
Heath followed with a single up the middle that prompted another pitching change by Tallmadge.
With one out, Coleman singled to score Hoosier.
Lawhorn hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Heath to make it 13-7 before the inning came to an end.
Tallmadge scored three more in the fourth.
Washington went scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings.
After Tallmadge batted in the sixth, the District One champions held a 30-7 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Robinette led off with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch.
Coffman hit a double, scoring Robinette to make it 30-8.
Having started the sixth with a new pitcher, Tallmadge brought in another hurler to finish the game.
After a ground out, Coffman scored on a wild pitch.
The final two batters were retired, ending a game that lasted for close to three hours.
Xavier Lawhorn, Trey Robinette, Bryson Heath, Connor Guthrie and Cody Moore worked on the mound for the Washington C.H. all-stars.
“We kept fighting, kept chipping away,” Washington manager Nate Robinette said. “Trey shut them down for four innings. They just hit the ball. I’m very impressed with them.
“It’s the first time for these guys being at State,” Robinette said. “I think they did a good job. We got one win and that’s what we were shooting for. I hate for (the tournament) to end the way it did, but, I’m proud of them. They didn’t quit today. I’m proud of them.
“I want to thank the parents and the coaches,” Robinette said. “They did a great job with these kids. I’m proud of the administration of our league. Tyler (St.Clair, the league president) has done a great job.
“This is something to build on,” Robinette said. “We want to come back to State and win at least two games next year.”
Offensively for the Washington C.H. all-stars: Bryson Heath, 2-2, 2 bb, 1 rbi, 2 runs; Landan St.Clair, 0-3, 1 bb, 1 run; Lafe Coleman, 2-3, 1 bb, 1 rbi, 1 run; Xavier Lawhorn, 1-2, 1 sac fly, 2 rbi, 1 bb, 1 run; Trey Robinette, 0-2, 2 runs, 2 bb, 1 rbi; Gavin Coffman, 2-4, 1 2b, 1 run; Cody Moore, 0-1, 2 bb, 1 rbi; Aden Osborne, 0-2; Jake Bashor, 0-1, 1 bb, 1 rbi; Jakob Hoosier, 0-1, hbp, 1 run; Grant Guess, 0-1; Connor Guthrie, 0-2.
T (12)01 30(14) — 30 31 0
W 502 002 — 9 7 4
WCH all-stars fall to Hamilton West Side
The Washington C.H. 10-year-old all-stars made their State Little League tournament debut Saturday, July 22 with a game against Hamilton West Side Little League.
West Side won the game, 7-3.
The West Siders scored six runs in the second inning.
Washington scored two in the fourth and one in the sixth.
West Side scored one in the fourth.
Washington C.H. out-hit West Side, 5-4.
For Washington, Landan St.Clair was 1 for 2 with a single and a walk; Gavin Coffman was 1 for 3 with a single and a run scored; Trey Robinette went 1 for 3 with a single and one run scored; Xavier Lawhorn was 1 for 2 with a single and one RBI.
Aden Osborne was 1 for 2 with a single; Bryson Heath was 0 for 3; Lafe Coleman was 0 for 3; Cody Moore was 0 for 2, Jakob Hoosier was 0 for 1; Jake Bashor was 1 for 1 with a single and two RBI; Grant Guess was 0 for 1; Frank Maddux was 0 for 1 and Connor Guthrie was 0 for 0 with a walk and one run scored.
W 000 201 — 3 5 3
WS 060 10x — 7 4 1
WCH 11-year-old all-stars fall at State
CAMBRIDGE — The Washington C.H. 11-year-old Little League all-star team began play in the State tournament Saturday at Cambridge.
Washington lost 14-4 to Elyria.
Their next game was slated for Monday, but rain postponed that game until Tuesday.
Washington played District Seven champions, Bellevue.
Bellevue won the game, 9-7.
Watch for a further report in the Record-Herald.