By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Southside’s Neher Insurance opened the David A. Kasey Memorial Youth Baseball Tournament play with a 5-2 victory over Northwestern league champion Cossell’s Saturday at Northside.
Neher improved to 18-3 on the season.
“I think our kids are focused and bringing good attitudes to the diamond,” Neher manager Geremy Miller said. “Our team came out confident and played very good ball, and we’re hoping that continues. With our kids, we’ve been preaching attitude all season long. If we show up with the right attitude we can beat anyone, but at the same time, we can be beat if we don’t come with the right attitude. We want to take it one game at a time.”
Blue Thompson picked up the win on the hill for Neher, striking out seven in four innings of work. He combined with Olivia Branch on a two-hitter, as Branch struck out a pair in two innings of relief work.
Braydon Harris’ first-inning RBI double put Neher on the board early. The squad then broke out for four runs in the second inning on an RBI double from Dalton Pitner and a two-RBI double from Payton Gibson.
Branch, Payton Sexton and Harris each went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Evan Shaw took the loss on the hill for Cossells, He allowed five runs on 10 hits in five innings of labor. He struck out seven.
“I’m happy we came ready to hit [Saturday], because Evan Shaw is a very good pitcher,” Miller said.
Landon Titus had a double for Cossell’s.
WADDELL’S (R) 8,KOKOMO GRAIN (NW) 5
Zach Fisher pitched Waddell’s to victory after entering the game in the fourth inning with the squads tied at 5-all. Fisher shut out Grain through the final three innings and struck out four batters to earn the victory.
At the plate, Lane Eubank homered and singled for the victors. Trey Shock singled three times. And Jake Polk, Fisher and Eli Jones each had two singles. Waddell’s plays Panda Vans of Greentown.
HAGUE WATER (SS) 7,H.P. MCPIKE (UCT) 2
Easton DuPay threw a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts over the game’s six innings to take down the two-time defending Kasey tourney champions, and Cory Wells powered the Hague offense by blasting two balls out of the park.
Wells hit a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at 1-all, and then pounded a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to cap the scoring and secure victory. Parker Dishner also had a homer for Hague, which advances to play Scoops today.
Justin Hurlock took the loss for McPike.
STOUT AND SON (R) 20, ROAD KNIGHTS (NS) 1
Stout and Son pounded out 14 hits in its opening-round win.
Noah Sanders, Avery Hayes and Brody Herron each had two hits and three RBIs, with Sanders belting a home run.
Andrew Freeman added two singles, a triple and five RBIs, while Gavin White added two singles, a double and a pair of RBIs. White also took the win on the hill.
Drew Duncan smacked a triple, and Traven Horn rounded out Stout and Son’s leaders with a double.
Bryce Cole tagged a double for Road Knights.
BURGER KING (R) 10, MCGAVIC (TSE) 0
The Burger King squad shut out McGavic Outdoor Power in five innings. Kevin Lenahan was the winning pitcher as BK used five different pitchers. The BK staff fanned a dozen and gave up just three hits and three walks.
Kevin Lenahan had a homer and a double to lead the BK offense. Ty Gingerich and Myles Griffith each had a single and a double, and Wes Gingerich and Chayse Wilson had two singles each.
McGavic’s Jake Isaacs doubled.
At Southside, C.J.’s Carwash (UCT) edged UAW Caps (Southside) 9-8, while Martino’s (Northside) defeated Lions Club (Russiaville) 5-2 at Northside.
At Russiaville, Mid-Central Trophy (Taylor Southeast) defeated Eagles (Northside) 22-1, while Rocchio’s (Southside) topped Thrifty Brake (Northwestern) 15-5.
And at Eastside, White’s Meat Market (Taylor Southeast) downed Waffle House (Eastside) 10-3.