Baseball

11s stay alive in district tourney

BRIDGEPORT, Ill. — Mt. Carmel’s 11-year-old all-star baseball team gets a second shot at Olney tonight in District 1 tournament play here.
If they can win, they would be the first local Little League team to beat their Richland Co. rivals this month.
If they don’t, they are through for the season.
Mt. Carmel routed Lawrence Co., 19-0, in a shortened four-inning game Thursday night, setting the stage for a rematch against Olney tonight at 7 p.m. The Tiger 11s won the first matchup, 7-5, Tuesday, by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Because he was able to manage the pitch count well in the runaway, Mt. Carmel coach Tony Calverley said “we should have plenty of arms” available for the game tonight.
The Aces 11s must win to force a winner-take-all game against Olney, which would be played Saturday at 7 p.m.
Mt. Carmel scored two runs in the first inning, then added six in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth.
Thomas Stringfellow started on the mound for the Aces 11s and earned the victory.
• The Mt. Carmel 10-year-olds lost to Lawrence Co. 9-6 Thursday, and were eliminated from the district tourney in Olney.

Mt. Carmel 11s, 10s face must-win situations

BRIDGEPORT, Ill. — Mt. Carmel’s 11-year-old all-star baseball team dropped its District 1 tournament opener Tuesday night.
Olney scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to overtake the Aces 11s and win, 7-5.
Mt. Carmel plays Lawrence Co. tonight at 7 p.m. in an elimination game. Olney routed the hosts, 29-1, Wednesday night in a four-inning game.

Lewis turns down the money

Pitcher Zach Lewis has decided to stay in school, and will return to Wabash Valley for his sophomore season after turning down some big money from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lewis, who was 11-0 for a nationally-ranked Warrior team which lost to eventual national champion Iowa Western, was drafted in the 33rd round by the Pirates in the recent Major League Draft.
But, WVC coach Rob Fournier said Lewis did not sign and “is coming back. His dad wants him to stay in school.”

Olney finishes off 12s early

MT. CARMEL — Olney scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to turn a close game into a rout, recording a 16-4 win over Mt. Carmel in a 12-year-old District 1 championship game shortened to four innings via the 10-run rule.
The Tiger 12s led 6-4 before breaking away in the final frame to eliminate the hosts and advance to this week’s Section 1 tourney in Tuscola, Ill.
Olney jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of the first two of six Mt. Carmel errors in the game. The Aces 12s chipped away, closing to within two runs, 6-4, after three innings.
• The Mt. Carmel 11-year-olds open District 1 play tonight in Bridgeport against Olney.
• The Aces 10s also begin District 1 play tonight in Olney vs. Lawrence Co.
Game times in both tourneys are listed at 6 p.m.
They are both three-team affairs after Salem withdrew teams at the 10, 11 and 12-year-old levels on July 7.

WVC's Diehl named to juco national team

Wabash Valley College graduated sophomore pitcher Phillip Diehl has been named to the NJCAA Baseball National Team. The juco squad will compete in an international competition this summer.
Diehl will be joined by 25 other players from 23 different NJCAA teams. Players selected are all graduated sophomores with a GPA of at least 2.5. They will represent the U.S. in the 80th National Baseball Congress World Series, which runs from Aug. 1-9 in Wichita, Kan.
Diehl is a 6-foot-3 lefthander from Cincinnati, Ohio. Last season he was 8-2 in 15 games with an ERA of 2.27 in 95 innings of work. He had 95 strikeouts with 27 walks and gave up 78 hits with 30 runs (24 of those earned).
The Warriors finished 48-13 and lost to eventual NJCAA national champion Iowa Central in the Midwest Regional tournament.

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