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June 26, 2012

METRO ROUNDUP: Riley 12s win state championship in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Riley’s 12-year-olds won the United States Specialty Sports Association Class AA state baseball tournament at Columbus, completing a 5-0 weekend with a win over Greene County’s Sandlot Spartans in the championship game.

Riley beat the Lafayette Harrison Raiders 9-1 and the Tipton Young Guns 10-2 in pool play on Saturday, then downed the Franklin Grizzly Cubs 12-4 and the Hendricks County Hurricane 10-6 to reach the championship game.

Sandlot Spartans    010    001    —    2    4    3

Riley    200    30x    —    5    6    0

WP — Benji Downs. LP — Allen.

Highlights — For Riley, Caleb Cannon was 2 for 2 with a double, winning pitcher Benji Downs was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and walked just 1 in 6 innings, and Eli Harden had a double and an RBI.

Next — Riley plays in its own Riley Invitational beginning Thursday.

Team members — Conner Brown, Cannon, Tate Cooper, Billy Davignon, Downs, Gabriel Foust, Shane Garner, Harden, Will Hayes, Lukas Johnson, Greg Schultz. Manager is Tim Hayes, coaches are Tim Downs and Dan Cook.

• WRV pitcher is MVP — At Indianapolis, Ethan Sparks of White River Valley pitched a complete-game shutout with seven strikeouts and drove in the only run with a seventh-inning single Sunday as the South team beat the North 1-0 in the Class 1A junior game of the Indiana Elite All-Star Showcase.

Eight games were played at Decatur Central High School during the weekend with recent high school juniors and seniors playing North-South games in each of four classes.

Sparks was named Most Valuable Player of the 1A junior game.

• Seniors compete — The following result was reported from Terre Haute Men’s Senior League play.

Yankees    010    002    011    —    5    12    2

Cardinals    000    300    100    —    4    9    1

K.Volkers and J.Stephens, A.Nielsen (6); C.Swaner and D.Hutchens.

Highlights — For the Volkers Group Yankees, Kyle Volkers struck out 15 batters, Mike Hughes had 3 hits and John Bragg singled and scored the winning run in the top of the 9th. Chris Swaner had 2 doubles for the Cardinals.

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