Ironton 10-year-old All-Stars knocked out of tourney
HAMILTON -- When looking at the boxscore, one statistic will stand out for the Ironton 10-year-old All-Stars: left on base.
Ironton left 11 runners on base including the bases loaded twice in a 6-3 loss to Cambridge at the state tournament.
"We made a few little mistakes, but the big thing that hurt us was leaving 11 runners on base," Ironton coach Jimmy Mahlmeister said. "Tanner Riley pitched real well, they just got the hits when they needed and we didn't."
Riley struck out nine and walked just two while allowing seven hits. Ironton managed just four hits off winner Jake Yanico who struck out five and walked three.
Cambridge took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when David Evancho doubled to start the second, Tanner Roller reached on a fielder's choice with Evancho moving to third base. Dakota Taylor then laid down a squeeze bunt to score Evancho.
Ironton tied the game in the bottom of the third inning.
Tyler Salyers singled but Anthony Harper hit into a force play. Harper then moved to second on a passed ball and came home when Josh Murphy was safe on an error.
Cambridge regained the lead with a run in the fourth.
Evancho singled and Roller walked to start the inning. Riley struck out the next two batters, but Austin Wilkinson singled to drive in the run.
Ironton answered with two runs in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
Riley opened the inning with a walk, Murphy was safe on an error as Riley went to third. Courtesy runner J. J. Lewis stole second and Tres' Wilks delivered a clutch two-out, two-run base hit.
But Ironton couldn't hold the lead as Cambridge scored four times in the top of the sixth.
Roller had a leadoff single. Yanico hit what looked to be a possible double play ball, but a throwing error allowed Roller to score the tying run while Yanico went to third base.
Dakota Taylor was hit by a pitch and T. L. Balek doubled in two runs and took third on the throw home. Reese Harshley's grounded out as Balek scored.
Ironton tried to rally in the bottom of the inning.
Codey Jones had a one-out single and Anthony Harper singled an out later. But Yanico retired the next batter to end the game and leave Ironton tied for fifth place.
"It was a good ride. The kids did a great job. We're proud of their effort," Mahlmeister said.
Jake Yanico and Tyler Ford. Tanner Riley and Brian Warner. W-Yanico (5-K, 3-W). L-Riley (9-K, 2-W). 2B-Cambridge: David Evancho, T.L. Balek. Hitting-Cambridge: Rylee Rogers 1-3, David Evancho 2-3, Tanner Roller 1-2, Austin Wilkinson 1-3, T. L. Balek 2-3: Ironton: Tyler Salyers 1-3, Anthony Harper 1-4, Tres' Wilks 1-3, Codey Jones 1-2.