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12s bounce back with win, play Olney again tonight

MT. CARMEL — Mt. Carmel coach Dave Stoneberger was glad to see his 12-year-old all-star baseball team showed no ill effects after an emotional loss to Olney Wednesday in the District 1 tournament.
“It was a tough loss last night, but they blew it off,” Stoneberger said. “We were in the cages earlier in the day and they were loose and ready to go.”
The more-relaxed Aces 12s bounced back from the 8-7 loss, in which Olney scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, by eliminating Lawrence Co., 13-0, in a shortened four-inning game Thursday night.
The district tourney field, which was at four before Salem dropped out two days before play began, is now down to two. Mt. Carmel gets a rematch with Olney at 7 p.m., and must win to force a winner-take-all game Saturday at 7 p.m., with a birth in next week’s Section 1 tourney on the line.

Olney ralies for dramatic district win over Mt. Carmel

MT. CARMEL — Olney appeared stunned when a game-tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning was taken off the board and turned into a second out instead.
Because of what the Tiger 12-year-olds did next, Mt. Carmel was left with that same stunned feeling after absorbing an 8-7 District 1 tournament loss at Ed Walter Park.
Kaleb Foster hit a 3-run home run which appeared to have tied the game at 7-7. But, umpires ruled that he missed first base on his way around the bases, and when Mt. Carmel appealed, was ruled out, wiping out the tying run and leaving the Tigers trailing 7-6, now down to their last out.
Gavin Mays, however, immediately responded with a solo home run to re-tie the game.
Olney didn’t stop there. Emboldened by the Mays shot, the next two batters reached before Brayden Flanagan won the game with an RBI single which scored Seth Ingram.
Olney coach Chris Miller has taken Tiger teams to the state tournament four years in a row. Still, he called this “the greatest victory I have ever been associated with.”

Olney homers way to District 1 win

MT. CARMEL - Olney’s 12U all-star baseball team played long ball in a big way Tuesday night, hitting six home runs in a 22-1 rout of Lawrence Co. in the opening game of the District 1 Little League tournament at Ed Walter Park.
“We’ve really worked on our hitting this past week. We’ve got some bigger older kids right now. We hit it well,” said Olney coach Chris Miller after his team sent 19 batters to the plate in a 13-run third inning to finish Lawrence Co. off in a game shortened to four innings.
No one hit the ball better for Olney than Dawson Hawkins, who homered in his first three at-bats before walking in his final appearance.
“He’s been a big force all year even in the (regular-season) league,” said Miller of Hawkins, who hit a 3-run shot in the first, added a 2-run blast in the second then a second 3-runner in the third.
Caleb Foster, Seth Ingram and Chase Williams also homered in the win.

Home field advantage for 12s at District

The road to Williamsport, Pa., site of the Little League World Series, runs through Mt. Carmel this year.
Hosting the 12-year-old District 1 tournament for the first time in several years this week at Ed Walter Park, Mt. Carmel coaches are hopeful that home field advantage will springboard the all-star team, which advanced all the way to the state tournament level last year as 11-year-olds.
“Last year’s experience will do nothing but help them, making it to state last year,” said Mt. Carmel coach Dave Stoneberger. “These boys know what it takes to win. They’re definitely capable.”
The double-elimination tournament opens Tuesday at 6 p.m. Lawrence Co. faces Olney. Mt. Carmel plays the winner on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Allendale, St. Mary's to coop for fall baseball

ALLENDALE — On Tuesday, July 29, there will be a player-parent meeting for all students enrolling at Allendale School or St. Mary’s School in grades 5-8 intending to tryout for the Yellow Jackets baseball team, a co-op team between the two schools.
The meeting will be held in the Allendale School cafeteria at 7 p.m.
Tryouts for the Yellow Jackets fall baseball team will be held Aug. 5, 6, 7 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. It is open to all students in 5th - 8th grade enrolling at Allendale School or St. Mary’s School.
In order to participate in tryouts, the student must have a current physical on file in their respective school office. Please get your appointment set for a physical as soon as possible. Without a physical on file, a student may not participate, even in tryouts, according to SIJHSAA rules.

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