WEST CARROLLTON — The Washington C.H. 12-year-old all-stars improved to 3-0 in the District Eight tournament with a 15-5 win over Enon in five innings Friday evening.
Washington will travel back to West Carrollton this morning for the District Eight championship game, taking on the winner of Friday’s second game between Eaton and Englewood.
Washington had 14 hits and committed two errors, while Enon had five hits and two errors.
Alex Boles started and was the winning pitcher for Washington.
He pitched four innings allowing five runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out eight.
Evan Weaver pitched the fifth inning for Washington, with no hits and no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. He hit one batter.
Eli Jacks started and suffered the loss for Enon. He pitched three innings with seven hits and seven runs. He walked six and struck out one.
Austin Shoemaker pitched 1-plus innings (he faced four batters in the fifth and did not record an out). He allowed eight runs on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Enon scored one run in the top of the first with a single by Eli Jacks, along with an error by Washington and a walk.
Washington tied the game in the bottom of the first.
Conner Bucher led off the inning with a double off the fence in right-center field.
After moving to third on a wild pitch, Bucher scored on a sacrifice fly to deep center by Karson Runk.
Braden Osborne, Gabe Campagna and Evan Weaver walked, but Washington left the bases loaded.
Washington struck for two runs in the bottom of the second.
Hayden Hunter led off the inning with a walk and Hugh Silberman was sent in as a pinch-runner.
With Alex Boles at the plate, Silberman stole second and then third (two of his team-leading five stolen bases in the game).
Boles grounded out, scoring Silberman to give Washington a 2-1 lead. They would not trail again in this game.
After a second out was recorded, Runk singled up the middle and stole second.
Weston Melvin singled to left field, scoring Runk to make it 3-1, Washington.
After Boles struck out the first two batters in the top of the third, Mason Vawter singled and Jacks singled. A wild pitch and an error allowed Vawter to score to make it a 3-2 ball game.
The Washington all-stars scored four runs in the bottom of the third.
Campagna led off with a single to left field.
A ground out by Weaver moved Campagna to second.
Silberman followed with a double to left-center, scoring Campagna.
Silberman stole third and scored on a ground out by Brayden May.
Boles walked and Bucher hit a home run over the fence in left-center to make it 7-2.
Runk doubled to right-center and moved to third on a wild pitch. Drew Ferguson walked, but those runners were stranded.
Enon rallied with three runs in the top of the fourth.
Carson Evertt and Warren Friesen hit back-to-back singles.
Matthew Major hit a home run to center field to make it 7-5, Washington.
Washington had its biggest inning of the game putting five runs on the board in the fourth inning.
Campagna walked and Melvin was sent in as a pinch-runner.
Melvin stole second and went to third on an error.
He scored on a ground out by Weaver.
Silberman singled to left and stole second.
He went to third on a ground out by May.
Boles had an infield hit that scored Silberman to make it 9-5.
Bucher doubled off the fence in left field, scoring Boles.
Runk drilled a sharp single up the middle, scoring Bucher.
Runk stole second and third and scored on a hit by Ferguson to make it 12-5.
Osborne walked, but Washington stranded two runners in the inning.
Enon threatened in the top of the fifth but ended up leaving the bases loaded without scoring.
Ferguson made a nice back-handed catch of a sharp, sinking line drive at third base, a defensive gem of the game.
With the 10-run rule in sight, Washington came to bat in the bottom of the fifth.
Weaver led off with an infield hit and stole second.
He moved to third on a wild pitch and Silberman walked and stole second, putting two runners in scoring position.
Brayden May reached on an error that allowed Weaver and Silberman to score to make it 14-5. May, at second after the error, went to third on a wild pitch and soon scored on a single by Boles that ended the game with a final score of 15-5, Washington.
Offensively for Washington C.H.: Conner Bucher, 3-4, 2 2b, 1 home run, 3 rbi, 3 runs; Karson Runk, 3-3, 2 rbi, 3 sb, 1 2b, 1 sac fly; Weston Melvin, 1-2, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 sb; Braden Osborne, 0-2, 2 bb; Gabe Campagna, 1-2, 2 bb, 1 sb, 1 run; Evan Weaver, 1-3, 1 bb, 1 rbi, 1 run, 1 sb; Dylan Grove, 0-1; Hayden Hunter, 0-0, 1 bb; Hugh Silberman, 2-2, 1 2b, 5 sb, 1 bb, 4 runs; Alex Boles, 2-3, 3 rbi, 2 runs, 1 bb; Brayden May, 0-2, roe, 1 rbi, 1 run; Drew Ferguson, 1-1, 1 bb, 1 rbi.
E 101 30x — 5 5 2
W 124 53x — 15 14 2
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