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.
* Kokomo 9, Post 346 2 — In Saturday’s first game, Alec Blair had two hits and Jones a double and an RBI.
* Post 346 7, Bristol 6, 8 innings — In the losers’ bracket championship, Brandon Curley was 2 for 2, tying the game with a two-run sixth-inning homer and scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Taylor.
* Roembke third — At Indianapolis, Northview High School player Keegan Roembke placed third in the boys 17-19 division in a Mountain Dew event played Friday at Morningstar Golf Club.
Roembke carded an 82 to take third. Tanner Dean of Greencastle placed sixth with 88.
* Clauson wins again — At Bloomington, Bryan Clauson won his second straight Indiana Sprint Week feature race Friday night at Bloomington Speedway.
Clauson led the final 13 laps to win the 30-lap main, recording his 21st U. S. Auto Club sprint car victory.
Sullivan native Chase Stockon was second in the main and Brady Bacon took third. Stockon trailed Clauson by .551 seconds at the finish.
Clauson took a 26-point lead over Bacon into the Sprint Week finale at Haubstadt on Saturday. Clauson also was the leader in the USAC sprint car totals.
Blake Fitzpatrick won his heat and was 18th in the feature race.
Fast qualifier — Chris Windom
Heat winners — Chris Gurley, Danny Holtsclaw, Blake Fitzpatrick, Justin Grant, C. J. Leary (semi)
Feature — Bryan Clauson, Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon, Windom, Ryan Bernal, Dave Darland, Grant, Christopher Bell, Wes McIntyre, Leary, Ryan Pace, Kyle Cummins, Tracy Hines, Richard Vander Weerd, Gurley, Kevin Thomas Jr., A. J. Hopkins, Fitzpatrick, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Holtsclaw, Mark Smith, Shane Cottle, Robert Ballou
ISW leaders — Clauson 338, Bacon 312, Thomas 307, Darland 296, Bell 288