The Washington C.H. 10-year-old all-star baseball team joined its 11 and 12-year-old counterparts as District Eight champions with a 14-0 win in four innings over visiting Fairborn Sunday afternoon.
The 10-year-old all-stars have a bye in the first round of the State tournament, which is being held in Dover.
They will play their first game Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, in front of a large home crowd, Brady Armstrong started on the mound for Washington.
He pitched four innings to get the win. He allowed no runs on one hit. He walked three and struck out 10.
Washington had no errors.
Fairborn committed 10 errors.
Armstrong struck out the side in the top of the first.
The Washington all-stars scored all the runs they would need in this game with two in the bottom of the first.
Corbin Melvin walked and a ground out by Bryce Yeazel advanced him to second.
John Wall grounded out, moving Melvin to third.
Melvin then scored on a wild pitch for what would turn out to be the winning run of the game.
Armstrong hit a double to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Armstrong scored when Evan Lynch reached on an error.
Armstrong had three strikeouts and one walk in the top of the second.
Washington doubled its offensive output with four runs in the bottom of the second.
Coleden May led off with an infield hit.
Christian Heath was sent in as a pinch-runner for May.
Will Miller then had an infield hit. Two errors on the play allowed both runners to score to make it 4-0.
After the first out was recorded, Melvin reached on an error. He soon stole second base.
Yeazel hit a single and two errors on the play allowed Melvin to score.
Wall followed with a double, scoring Yeazel to make it 6-0, Washington.
At this point, Fairborn lifted Brayden Harris and brought Carson Osborne in to pitch.
After a ground out moved Wall to third, Lynch was hit by a pitch.
Those two runners were stranded, leaving Washington with a 6-0 lead after two innings.
With one out in the top of the third, Carson Osborne came up with what would prove to be Fairborn’s only hit, a grounder into center field.
A pinch-runner was thrown out attempting to steal second by the catcher, May.
A walk was followed by a strikeout to end that half of the inning.
Washington sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring eight times to set themselves up for a run-rule victory.
May led off reaching on an error, but was caught stealing.
Eli Wilson was hit by a pitch and Isaiah Smith reached on an error.
Melvin walked and Yeazel reached on an error that allowed all three runners to score to make it 9-0.
Wall followed with a single, scoring Yeazel.
Armstrong then hit a single. An error on the play allowed both he and Wall to score to make it 12-0.
Lynch walked and after the second out was recorded, May doubled to score Lynch, making it 13-0.
Two wild pitches with Wilson at the plate allowed May to score to make it 14-0.
Wilson walked and Bryson Osborne went in to pinch-run.
Osborne went to second on a wild pitch and Smith was hit by a pitch, but those base-runners were stranded.
The first batter in the top of the fourth walked for Fairborn.
However, Armstrong struck out the next two batters and the final out was recorded on an infield pop out.
The Washington C.H. 10-year-old all-stars were dominating in the District Eight tournament, going 5-0.
Washington outscored its District Eight opponents, 102 runs to 4.
They began the tournament on Monday, July 11 with a 26-0 win at Huber Heights.
They came home on Tuesday and defeated First Dayton, 29-1.
On Wednesday, also at home, the 10-year-olds blanked Eaton, 13-0.
The game with Enon was rained out on Thursday and played on Saturday. Washington won that game, 20-3.
“It was all about the team,” Washington manager Ryan May said. “It was all about attitude and effort. We taught them that together, everyone achieves more. That’s what team stands for.
“I’ve been blessed with a great group of kids,” May said. “From top to bottom. I honestly don’t know who to play every day, it’s that competitive. That makes everyone better.
“This has been a great time,” May said. “This is a great team. And, I have great coaches. I’ve been coaching with Greg Wall, I believe this is either the fifth or sixth year. We started in the Minors when my 12-year-old (Brayden) was eight years old. I’ve been coaching with Brian Yeazel now for two years. He’s a great coach.
“They both are extremely knowledgeable of the game,” May said. “We each have our roles and it works out great.
“We have a great group of parents,” May said. “The parents are extremely busy and they get their kids here. They do everything we ask them to do, even though that is extremely difficult at times. The parents are a great group, all the way around.
“This is John Meriweather’s last year,” May said. “John’s a great guy. He’s done everything for this little league program. He is this league. He sweats, breathes and bleeds this league. He runs a tight ship and there’s a reason Washington Court House is so successful and it starts with John.
“He teaches all of his coaches, all of the umpires, anyone who is in charge over here, he teaches them the right way and that’s the only way,” May said. “And I appreciate that. We are definitely going to miss him.
“Ryan Lynch kept the book for me and the pitch count,” May said. “He did a great job. Brandon Armstrong helped us in practices. He’s very knowledgeable, as well. I appreciate everything he’s done.
“The team was what it was about,” May said. “Like I said, I didn’t know who to play at times, but I never heard anything from our parents. It was just all about trying to win the District title and get this team to State.
“I’m happy for these kids,” May said. “I don’t even think these nine and 10-year-old boys understand what they just did. It’s big. The community has done a great job of backing us. They come out and support us. Everyone has done a great job of making our jobs easier.
“Our next goal is just to win a game at State,” May said. “We’re going to take it one game at a time. We play Sunday in Dover and our goal is just to win that game.
Offensively for Washington C.H.: Corbin Melvin, 0-2, 2 bb, roe, 1 sb, 3 runs; Bryce Yeazel, 1-3, roe, 2 runs; John Wall, 2-3, 1 2b, 2 rbi, 1 run; Brady Armstrong, 2-3, 1 2b, 2 runs; Evan Lynch, 0-1, roe, 1 bb, hbp, 1 sb, 1 run; Luke Crabtree, 0-2; Coleden May, 2-3, roe, 1 2b, 1 run; Will Miller, 1-1, 1 run; Christian Heath, 0-1, 1 run; Bryson Osborne, 0-1; Eli Wilson, 0-0, hbp, 1 bb, 1 run; Isaiah Smith, 0-1, roe, hbp, 1 run.
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