YOUTH LEGION BASEBALL: KOVACIK INSURANCE 11, SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME 0
KOVACIK INSURANCE 11, SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME 0: Kovacik Insurance outhit Shoemaker Funeral Home 12-4 and ran its record to 11-0 with a lopsided win in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule at WyoTech Park.
Winning pitcher Dakota Sunday tossed a four-hit shutout. Sunday, who struck out five and walked four, also stroked two base hits.
Rick Shirley singled twice and doubled to pace Kovacik Insurance. Omar Ward smacked two singles.
Shoemaker’s Dylan Direnzo struck out two and walked three in a complete-game effort.
Kovacik plays host to Marion Center today, and Shoemaker Funeral Home (1-8) travels to United on Wednesday.
LIONS 4, S.W. JACK 3: Ryan Hoff hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Indiana Lions to a win over S.W. Jack in a game played Saturday.
With one out and the score knotted 3-3 in the eighth, Hoff lifted a deep fly ball to score Danny Millen from third base to end the game.
“Ryan Hoff told me earlier in the game that he felt good, so I felt pretty good with him coming to the plate with one out and Danny on third,” Indiana Lions coach Tom Millen said. “He connected pretty good, and he did it against a tough pitcher in Luke Thomas.”
Trajan Jones allowed no hits in two-thirds of an inning of relief to pick up the win. Starting pitcher Ian Helsel struck out nine, walked six and allowed three hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Thomas struck out two, walked five and allowed two hits in five innings.
Indiana Lions (8-5) travels to United NRG today, and S.W. Jack (8-5) visits Walbeck Insurance on Wednesday.
MARION CENTER 5, UNITED NRG 0: In a game played Saturday, Marion Center broke open a one-run game and plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to blank visiting United NRG.
Marion Center led 1-0 before scoring four runs on four hits and an error in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead. Jordan Williams had an RBI double in the inning, and Tyler Lightcap and Tyler Howells each cracked RBI singles.
“We came in and I told the kids, ‘You only have one run and you need to get a couple extra runs if we want to win this game,’” Marion Center coach Don Stitt said. “All those runs came with two outs. It was all clutch.”
Eric Stitt tossed a four-hitter to get the win. He struck out six and walked three.
Nick Beiter threw a four-hitter in a losing effort. He fanned five and walked three.
Both teams play today. Marion Center (5-4) travels to Kovacik Insurance, and United NRG plays host to Indiana Lions.