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 Kern, Cubs Ambush Indians in Major League Final; Cubs Knock Off Regular Season Champs; Kern Pitches 3-Hit Gem in Final Game

July 2, 2008 - Kaulin Kern pitched a three-hitter, striking out nine batters and leading the Knightstown Elevator Cubs to a 10-2 win over the White Flash Auto Parts Indians in the championship game of the boys major league tournament Monday night.

Kern had an amazing all-around game. Offensively, he slammed two triples, reached base three times, had a sacrifice and scored two runs. On the mound, he was nearly flawless. Kern walked just four batters and was in trouble only in the first inning. Once the championship game jitters passed, Kern allowed just one hit over the final five innings. He was named the major league tournament Most Valuable Player.

The Cubs scored all of the runs they would eventually need in the top of the first inning. Riley Casteel led off the game with a single and scored on Kern’s first triple of the night. Jaden Edwards sent Kern home with a single, and Sy Emerson scored Edwards with a triple of his own.

The Indians countered with one run in the bottom of the first when Spencer Mattix singled and scored after a double by Luke Mattix. After Kern struck out the side in the second inning, the Cubs got on the board again in the third frame.

Kern belted his second triple and with two outs, Edwards struck again with another single to send Kern home. Emerson came up with another clutch hit to score Edwards and make it 5-1.

Cordell Prescott singled with one out in the third inning. Base hits by Josh Deffinger and Jacob Miller sent Prescott home and upped the lead to 6-1. Spencer Mattix scored his second run of the game after reaching base on a walk, but that would be the end of the fireworks for the Indians.

The Cubs struck again in the fifth inning when Casteel singled and Edwards drew a walk. Hits by Emerson and Nolan Hagy drove those two home and increased the lead to 8-2. They added two more runs in the sixth inning when Miller and Casteel both scored.

Kern gave up three hits in the game to Spencer Mattix, Luke Mattix and Alex Fields.

The top five hitters in the Cubs’ battery combined to go 11-for-13 with eight runs scored. Casteel went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Kern was 2-for-2 with two runs and Edwards went 1-for-1 with three RBIs and reached base four times.

Emerson had three hits and Nolan Hagy had two. Deffinger doubled and singled, while Prescott and Jacob Miller both singled and scored.


The Indy Audio Entertainment White Sox came up with three clutch runs in the fifth inning and held off the Boondock’s Farms Indians, 10-8, in boys major league tournament action at the Optimist Club diamonds.

The Cardinals put together a six-run flurry in the fourth inning to take an 8-7 lead. The White Sox came back in the top of the sixth Tyler Helderbrand singled and Jake Peggs reached base after being hit by a pitch. Jacob Blower and Jake Kwisz both came up with clutch hits that resulted in a three-run rally and a lead that the White Sox wouldn’t relinquish.

Peggs and Kwisz both scored in the first inning to spot the Sox to a quick 2-0 lead. The Cardinals came back with a pair of runs when Sam Peck and Bayley Tinkle hit safely and scored on a hit by Zach Phillips.

Kwisz and Mitchell Chew both scored runs in the third to make it 4-2, and the White Sox struck for three more runs in the fourth to lead 7-2. The Cardinals then caught fire in the bottom of the fourth, exploding for six runs to take an 8-7 lead.

Tinkle, Austin Estelle, Brandon Ray, Adam Bundy, Dakota Reed and Dalton Engle all scored in the inning. The White Sox then responded with their fifth inning rally to put the game away.

Kwisz had a 3-for-3 night with three RBIs and two runs scored. Peggs was 3-for-4 with four runs plated, and Chew scored three times. Blower was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs. Broderick Angel, Eli Blower, Travis Hilton and Helderbrand also scored, while Luke Chapple had an RBI.

Tinkle went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Cardinals. Estelle had two RBIs and scored twice, while Peck, Ray, Phillips, Bundy, Reed, Engle and Spencer Roberts either hit safely or scored in the game. Zac Clark, Jake Riggs and Tyler Littleton all had RBIs.


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