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 Boys Major League Tourney Underway


June 27, 2007 - Riley Casteel and Dustin Littleton combined to strike out 15 batters and lead the Knightstown Elevator Cardinals to a 6-0 victory over the Drs. Armstrong/Ploeger Reds Monday night. The win kept the Cardinals perfect in tournament play, enabling them to advance to the championship game this Friday night.

Bayley Tinkle crushed a triple and Brandon Casteel had two singles for the Cardinals, who struck for three runs in the first inning and never looked back. Dustin Littleton, Alec Werden and Josh Defenger all hit safely and scored in the game.

Riley Casteel plated two runs and struck out 10 batters in four innings of work. The Cardinals lost no momentum when Littleton took the mound, as he fanned five more Reds.

The Cardinals will play in the championship game Friday night at 8 p.m.


Mitchell Chew clammed a clutch two-run double in the third inning and drove home four runs to lead the Drs. Armstrong/Ploeger Reds to a 9-5 victory over the White Flash Auto Parts Devil Rays in Boys Major League tournament action Saturday.

All of the youth sports leagues are deep into tournament play in the Optimist Club summer youth programs.

Chew was joined by Braxton Kortz and Jaden Edwards in providing clutch hits for the Reds. Kortz and Edwards also had two hits and drove in two runs apiece as the Reds won their first tournament game after drawing a first round bye. The victory puts the team in great position in the tournament, which is double elimination. The setback was the first of the tournament for the Devil Rays.

The Reds used a four-run first inning when Edwards and Chew came up with crucial hits. They added two more in the third and three more in the fifth.

Edwards pitched three strong innings for the winners, while Kortz closed the game over the final innings. Edwards went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Kortz also went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two more batted in. Chew was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, while Curtis White plated two runs in the game.

Sam Peck and Parker Ashby scored the other runs for the winners, while Anthony Peck went 1-for-2 with a run batted in.

The Devil Rays collected five hits in the contest. Jarrod Davis went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Luke Mattix, Drew Jessup and Kyle Adkins all hit safely and scored, while Jake Kwisz had a hit and an RBI. Caleb Davis scored the other run for the Devil Rays, who will have to come out of the loser’s bracket to win the tourney.


Dustin Littleton pitched a three-hitter and out-dueled Walker Titus to lead the Knightstown Elevator Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Knightstown Locker Red Sox. The game was a first-round tournament match-up in the Optimist Club’s Major League.

Littleton and Titus matched great pitching performances for the entire game. The key kits included a triple by Bayley Tinkle and two RBIs from Alec Werdan, which scored Ben Haase and Broderick Angel.

Werdan went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while Angel, Tinkle, Littleton and Zack Crain all hit safely for the Cardinals. Max Weaver went 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Riley Castol also drove home a run. Ben Haase plated the other marker for the winners.

Walker Titus pitched well for the Red Sox in taking the loss. He also had one of just three hits off of Littleton in the contest. Lane Olsheske and Jacob Blower also blasted hits, with Blower slashing a triple. Nolan Hagy drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, while Matt Warwick also scored for the Sox.

The victory sent the Cardinals into the second round in the winner’s bracket, while the Red Sox will have their work cut out for them in the loser’s bracket.


The Knightstown Locker Dodgers rebounded from that loss to the Cardinals by blasting the Kozy Kabin Day Spa Dodgers 11-1, staying alive in the tournament and eliminating the Dodgers.

Lane Olsheske was masterful on the mound for the winners, keeping the Dodgers in check throughout the game. The lone run he allowed came when Joey Smith alertly stole home on a passed ball.

The Red Sox received offensive contributions from 10 different players to keep their tourney hopes alive. Olsheske blasted a single and triple, Clynnt Conley ripped a double and drove home two runs, and the team pounded out eight hits in the game. Terrance Burt went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Walker Titus belted a single to drive home two runners, and Jacob Blower had a base hit to drive home two more runs.

Trent McDonald scored twice, while Matt Warwick hit safely and scored. Nolan Hagy, Michael Hatton and Drew Underwood also scored runs for the Red Sox, who advanced to play Monday night in the semifinals.




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