By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — UCT Youth Baseball League heavyweight King’s Heating is rolling in the David A. Kasey Memorial Tournament.
King’s blasted Southside squad Pizza Hut 16-0 in four innings in a Sweet 16 game Monday night at Eastside. King’s led 5-0 after the first inning, 8-0 after the second inning and 16-0 after exploding for eight runs in the bottom of the third.
Logan Bowser led King’s relentless attack with a 4-for-4 showing that included two doubles. Charez Butcher had a double and two singles, Jaden Armfield had three singles, Ethan Smith was 2 for 2 off the bench and Matt Arcari and Elijah Moon each had two singles. Arcari also drew two walks.
Moon was dominant on the mound. He tossed a one-hitter and struck out five.
King’s, which topped the UCT standings this year, opened its tournament run with a 5-2 victory over Russiaville runner-up Stout and Son on Sunday.
The 57th-annual tournament, which brings together the 42 major league teams from Howard County’s eight leagues, is down to eight teams. Eastside leads the way with three teams left standing. Russiaville and Southside both have two teams left and King’s is carrying the UCT flag.
Quarterfinal games are tonight, semifinal games are Wednesday and the championship game is 7 p.m. Thursday at Northwestern.
BACKHAUL DIRECT (ES) 3, KOKOMO GLASS (SS) 1
Backhaul pitcher Rylee Barnett struck out 11 batters in five innings of work to lead his squad past Kokomo Glass at Southside.
Ty Brown and Donte Smoot each had a double to lead Backhaul’s attack. Dakota Staller had a double for Glass.
Backhaul beat Coke of Taylor Southeast 17-16 in Sunday’s round of 32. Aaron Cohee had two doubles and a single to lead the charge, Burnett and Smoot had three singles apiece and Ty Brown had two singles. Ty Brown was the winning pitcher.
SALSBERY (R) 11, HAGUE (SS) 0, 4 INNINGS
Elliot Arnold tossed a one-hitter to lead Salsbery Garden Center past Hague Quality Water 11-0 in four innings on Salsbery’s home diamond. Arnold struck out eight batters.
Adam Terrell led the Garden crew at the plate, belting a home run and a single. Kitchel Gifford had a triple and a single, Arnold helped his own cause with a double and Casey Vail and Alex Kirk had two singles apiece.
Easton Dupay had a double for Hague’s lone hit.
ROCCHIO’S (SS) 9, UAW 685 (ES) 4
Anthony Rocchio cracked a home run to help Rocchio’s take down UAW 9-4 in action at Northside.
Also for the winners, Sebastian McAmis had a double and a single and winning pitcher Derek Padgett had two singles. Padgett pitched four innings and struck out seven.
For UAW, Tre Hizer had a double and Jabrian Adams had two singles.
BURGER KING (R) 7,ERIKS CHEVY (UCT) 0
Russiaville champion BK scored four runs in the first inning, then tacked on three insurance runs in the third. BK pitchers Kevin Lenahan, Ty Gingerich, Myles Griffith and Dylan Bowlin combined on a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts.
At the plate, Griffith hit a solo homer and a single and Lenahan drove in three runs. Cooper Hansen provided a highlight for Eriks with a web gem in left-center field.
AFSCME (ES) beat Waddell’s (R) 7-6 at Greentown. Sprite (ES) topped Hollingsworth Lumber (R) at UCT. Neher Insurance (SS) outlasted CFD Investments (TSE) 13-9 in seven innings on CFD’s home field.