GREENFIELD — The Riley 9U All-Stars advanced to the semi-finals of Cal Ripken Central Indiana Babe Ruth League state tournament by defeating Connersville 5-2 at James Whitcomb Riley Park Saturday.
Riley will face New Palestine in first of two semi-finals games at 11 a.m. today. In the other semi-final game, Shelby County with face Mooresville. The winners will play for the title at 3 p.m. today.
Riley was out-hit, but had timely hitting. In the third inning Riley scored on a two-run home run to left center by starting pitcher Gabe Owen.
Blake Steidel’s single to center field in the bottom of the fifth inning scored Jaden Thomas to break a tie and put Riley ahead 3-2. Steidel and teammate Rylan Schneider then scored on a triple by Max Scamihorn.
Thomas was the winning pitcher.
.Riley 9U was the top seed in the tournament after defeating Mooresville B 10-0 and Clay County 19-1 in pool play on Thursday.
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In other baseball action:
* Post 346 splits — At Newburgh, Wayne Newton Post 346 split a doubleheader with Newburgh Post 44. Terre Haute (27-9) won the opener 7-1 and fell in the nightcap 14-4..
Post 346 020 010 4 — 7 12 0
Newburgh Post 44 000 010 0 — 1 7 2
W — T.J. Decker (6-1).
Highlights — For Post 346, Cody Thornton was 3-for-4 with a RBI; Jacob Johnson was 2-for-4 with a RBI; Conner Pierce had a double and 3 RBI.
Post 346 001 304 — 4 8 3
Newburgh Post 44 112 (10)0X — 14 16 1
L — Pete Lannoo (3-4).
Highlights — For Post 346, Preston Tofaute was 2-for-2, Craig Peters had a double and RBI.
Next — Post 346 (27-9) plays host to Princeton for a Sunday doubleheader.
* Hambrock wins title — At Greenwood, Lauren Hambrock of Terre Haute won the girls 16-under singles title of the South Central Indiana Junior Tennis Open that concluded Saturday.
Hambrock defeated Allison Himes of Indianapolis 6-1, 6-0 in the finals.
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In other tennis news:
* Results in — At Rea Park, the 2013 Children’s Museum Flighted Mixed Doubles Tournament was conducted recently.