|K of C Indians double up as league, tourney champs|
|Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:13 AM|
BY NICK JOHNSON
VAN WERT — The Van Wert K of C Indians faced off against the Delphos Pirates in the Tri-County Little League Tournament baseball championship game Tuesday night at the First Bank of Berne Field at Jubilee Park.
The Indians, the regular-season champions, added the tourney title with a 9-3 victory over the Pirates.
Van Wert had four straight batters reach in the top of the first inning when Clayton Proffitt, Kyle Sperry, Nate Place and Lennon Bartley all got base hits. Nate Place got an RBI single to dent the plate with Proffitt and later on, Mason Rogers got a sacrifice fly to bring home the second run of the game (Sperry). The final run of the top of the first inning (Place) came around to score on a passed ball to make it 3-0 in the top of first frame, Van Wert.
Delphos put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first frame when Braxton Scalf walked to start the frame. Two batters later, Luke Reindel tripled to bring home the Pirates’ first run of the game to make the score 3-1, Van Wert. Lucas Metcalfe singled to bring home Reindel to make the score 3-2, Indians.
In the top of the third inning, the Indians struck for three more runs as Place doubled to start the inning and came around to score on a Bartley RBI single. Anthony Borack and Jake Lautzenheiser both picked up RBIs in the third with a base hit and a fielder’s choice to make the score 6-2, Van Wert.
The Pirates got one back in the bottom of the third frame when, with the bases juiced, Logan Hubert singled to bring home the Pirates’ third run of the game to cut the Indians’ lead to 6-3.
Van Wert bounced back in the top of the fourth with an RBI groundout by Bartley and an RBI single by Rogers to make it 8-3, Indians.
In the top of the fifth frame, Ezra Friesner walked, stole second and came around to score on a Proffitt sacrifice fly to extend the Indians’ lead to 9-3.
The Van Wert K of C Indians end their TCLL season with an overall record of 19-2; the Delphos Pirates finish 14-7.
Score by Innings:
K of C Indians 3 0 3 2 1 0 - 9
Delphos Pirates 2 0 1 0 0 0 - 4
WP: Nate Sperry; LP: Luke Reindel. 2B: Nate Place (K), Jake Lautzenheiser (K). 3B: Luke Reindel (D).