TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute North’s 12-year-olds opened Little League baseball state-finals play in dominant fashion Saturday, downing Indiana Central 14-3 in four innings.
North hit three homers in the game, including a three-run walkoff shot by Braden Edington in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Also going deep for the Terre Haute team were Ryne Hoopingarner and winning pitcher Nathan Foxworthy, while Kyler Hudson and Cayman Hayes combined to go 5 for 5.
Next game for North is 3:15 p.m. today against Eagle Creek, a second straight opponent from the Indianapolis area.
Indiana Central 102 0 — 3 2 0
Terre Haute North 451 4 — 14 10 1
W — Nathan Foxworthy. L — Mosley. HR — THN: Foxworthy, Ryne Hoopingarner, Braden Edington.
Highlights — For North, winning pitcher Nathan Foxworthy and Braden Edington each had a double and homer; Kyler Hudson was 3 for 3; Cayman Hayes was 2 for 2 with a double; and Ryne Hoopingarner homered in his only trip to the plate.
Next — North plays Eagle Creek at 3:15 p.m. today.
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In other baseball:
* Legion sectional postponed — At Terre Haute North, rained wiped out the American Legion sectional hosted by Wayne Newton Post 346.
Play resumes today at Don Jennings Field with the host team playing Clinton at 1 p.m., winner going to the championship game that’s now scheduled at 5 p.m. Monday.
Sullivan and Washington play today’s second game at approximately 4:30, with the winner of that game playing the loser of the 1 p.m. game at approximately 8 p.m.
A second game in the championship round, if necessary, would immediately follow the 5 p.m. contest.
* Junior team still alive — At Kokomo, the Wayne Newton Post 346 junior American Legion team stayed alive in regional play Saturday and plays the host team in the championship round at 1 p.m. today.
* Post 346 14, Bristol 0, 5 innings — On Friday, Chase Jones hit a grand-slam homer, Jacob Schlosser had a double and three RBIs and Brandon Taylor had a hit and four RBIs for Terre Haute. Damon Bass and Dakoda Watson combined for a one-hitter, Bass striking out seven.