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NC 10 Green tops NC White in District 6 tourney

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Ike Johnson of the New Castle 10U White team gets ready for the next pitch from NC Green hurler Cameron Hastings during the top of th second inning of Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game at Brooklyn LL in Anderson. Johnson walked in the at-bat but didn’t score in the White’s 16-1 loss to the Green in three innings.
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Alex Middleton of the New Castle 10U White team gets ready to fire a pitch toward the plate against a NC Green batter during Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game in Anderson. Middleton threw 54 pitches before leaving the mound and had a hit in the contest, but the White lost to the Green 16-1 in three innings.
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Kiptyn Boatright (20) of the New Castle 10U White team and Braxton Pribble (13) of the NC Green watch for the incoming throw from the outfield after Pribble’s two-run double in the bottom of the third inning of Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game in Anderson. The Green defeated the White 16-1 in three innings.
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Carson Bell of the New Castle 10U Green team exults after throwing the ball to third base to force out a NC White runner during the top of the third inning of Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game in Anderson. Bell played well offensively and defensively in the Green’s 16-1 win in three innings over the White.
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Cameron Hastings (15) of the New Castle 10U Green team rounds second base and heads for third after belting a triple as Kiptyn Boatright (20) of the NC White team watches during the bottom of the third inning of Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game in Anderson. The Green scored 11 times in the frame to wrap up a 16-1 victory over the White in three innings.
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Carson Bane of the New Castle 10U Green team stands at the plate awaiting the next pitch from NC White hurler Alex Middleton during Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game in Anderson. Bane scored a run and threw two-thirds of an inning in the Green’s 16-1 win in three innings over the White.
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Cameron Hastings (15) of the New Castle 10U Green team catches a pop-up off the bat of NC White’s Carter Howe as first baseman Jayce Herron (1) watches for the final out in the top of the third inning of Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game at Brooklyn LL in Anderson. The NC Green defeated the NC White 16-1 in three innings.
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Jonus Stansbury (left) of the New Castle 10U White team catches a fly ball off the bat of NC Green’s Carmac Stilwell as a teammate watches to record the first out during the bottom of the third inning of Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game in Anderson. The Green scored 11 runs in the frame to wrap up a 16-1 win over the White in three innings.
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Braxton Pribble (13) of the New Castle 10U Green team fouls off a pitch in front of NC White catcher Caiden Ragan during Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game at Brooklyn LL in Anderson. Pribble had a two-run double and a RBI single, both in the bottom of the third inning, as the Green scored 11 runs in the frame to seal a 16-1 win in three innings over the White.
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Jaxson Grubbs (34) of the NC 10U White team sprints toward home plate to try to score as NC Green catcher Arrin Murray (8) and pitcher Cameron Hastings (15) get into position to make a play during the top of the first inning of Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game in Anderson. Grubbs scored on the play after a throwing error for the White’s only run in its 16-1 loss in three innings to the Green.
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Cameron Hastings of the New Castle 10U Green team is about to unleash a pitch toward the plate against a NC White batter during Tuesday evening’s Indiana District 6 Tournament game in Anderson. Hastings was the winning pitcher in the Green’s 16-1 win over the White in three innings.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

ANDERSON — After the early rounds of play in the Indiana 10U District 6 Tournament, the New Castle 10U Green and White All-Star Teams were the only two undefeated squads left in the double-elimination tournament and played each other Tuesday evening for the “championship” of the winners’ bracket.

The schedule for the tournament had this game being played at Brooklyn Little League in Anderson, so the two New Castle teams and their fans made the 50-mile round trip for the contest and the Green emerged with a 16-1 victory in three innings over the White.

The Green had three days rest before it plays for the District 6 championship, also at Brooklyn Little League, Friday at 6 p.m.

“We gave up two hits and one unearned run in the first inning and not much after that,” New Castle Green Manager Bub Pierce said after the game. “We’ve been ready to play all three games, and that’s attributed to our two-a-day practices and our preparation. Games will get tougher from here on, but our plans are to win the district on Friday night and have a few vacations days off before going to the state tournament.”

The White still is alive, as it will face Delta tonight at 6 p.m. in Hagerstown for the “championship” of the losers’ bracket. Delta advanced to that game with a 14-4 win over Cambridge City in Tuesday’s second contest at Brooklyn LL.

For those folks not in the know, the 10U Green team is composed of 10 year-olds while the White team is composed primarily of nine year-olds. That may have played a part in the outcome of Tuesday evening’s contest, as that extra year of experience can mean a lot at these two ages.

“Congratulations to the Green,” New Castle White Manager Chris Howe said afterward. “They’re a really good team and are solid from top to bottom. I think our kids might have been a little intimidated because they’re a little older than we are, but you can’t let that happen. We plan to be better prepared if we play them again.”

The NC Green has won each of its three games by 15 runs, two by shutout. But to the White’s credit, it managed to score against the Green and actually had a brief lead because it batted first against Green starting pitcher Cameron Hastings in the top of the first inning.

Hastings retired the first two White batters, but Jaxson Grubbs singled to centerfield and Caiden Ragan walked after five pitches. Alex Middleton stepped in an singled to right field, moving Grubbs to third. Grubbs scored on a throwing error for the game’s first run and a 1-0 White advantage.

Ragan went to third base on the play and Middleton took second on the error, so the White had two runners in scoring position with two away. But Hastings fanned the next batter on a called third strike after five pitches, and the White stranded both baserunners.

The Green offense is very potent and it went right to work in the bottom of the first against White starting pitcher Middleton. The Green also is an opportunistic team and took advantage of some of Middleton’s control issues in the frame.

Leading off, Arrin Murray singled to right field on a 3-2 pitch, Carson Bane’s blooper to short centerfield dropped in for a hit, and Carson Bell reached base on a fielding error, loading the sacks.

Middleton walked Jayce Herron after five pitches, forcing Murray across the plate for a 1-1 tie. A wild pitch plated Bane, and Bell scored on Braxton Pribble’s groundout for a 3-1 Green advantage.

Herron scored on a passed ball. Landon Martin got a bunt single, stole second base, and moved to third on a wild pitch. After Middleton whiffed the next batter swinging, Martin scored on another wild pitch for a 5-1 Green lead.

Middleton struck out the next batter swinging on three pitches to end the inning.

Hastings fanned the first two White batters he faced in the top of the second inning, walked Ike Johnson on five pitches, and then struck out the next batter on three pitches to retire the side.

The White played quite well in the last of the second. Middleton induced a groundout and a pop-up for an out, and then walked Bane on five pitches. But Bane was caught and tagged trying to steal second base for the third out, and the Green didn’t score.

It appeared that the White was getting something going in the top of the third inning. Hastings walked lead-off batter Brodey Brown after five pitches and left the mound after his 47th pitch. Bane came in to pitch for the Green.

Grubbs’ pop-up fell in for a hit, moving Brown to second base. The next batter popped out to the second baseman. Middleton’s fielder’s choice grounder forced Brown out at third base, and there were runners on the first and second with two away.

Bane induced the next batter to pop out to the second baseman, and the White stranded the two runners.

The Green sent 16 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third to score 11 runs and end the game early.

Middleton walked lead-off batter Bell on four pitches. Bell moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball, which was the final pitch in issuing a walk to Herron. Middleton left the hill after tossing 54 pitches and Brown came to the mound to pitch for the White.

Pribble’s double to centerfield drove Bell and Herron across the plate. Pribble went to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch for an 8-1 Green advantage.

Martin walked after five pitches and scored on Hastings’ triple to right field. Hastings scored after a throwing error for a 10-1 lead. Cormac Stilwell flew to centerfield for the first out.

Steven Bond reached second after a two-base throwing error, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on another wild pitch that was ball four to Murray. A wild pitch moved Murray to second base.

The next batter fanned after a called third strike for the second out. Bell’s single to left field drove in Murray, Herron’s double to left field plated Bell for a 13-1 Green lead, and Herron took third base on the throw-in. Pribble’s single to centerfield drove in Herron to boost the advantage to 14-1.

Carter Howe came in to pitch for the White, and the Green’s non-starters stepped up to contribute to the victory. Quinton Vann’s single to right field moved Pribble to third base. Vann moved to second base on a wild pitch with Pribble staying put at third. Evan Blackburn walked after five pitches to load the bags.

Alexander Pitcock walked on four pitches to force Pribble across the plate and Matt Goodwin’s single to centerfield drove in Vann for a 16-1 lead, which was enough to end the game after three innings under Little League rules. The contest took 1:23 to complete.

“I expect whichever team we play on Friday to give us a closer game than what we’ve had so far,” Pierce added. “All I know is that we’ll be ready to play.”