The Russiaville Youth Baseball League sent four teams into the Sweet 16 round of the David A. Kasey Memorial Tournament and all four scored wins.
The Elite Eight field also has two UCT teams and two Taylor Southeast teams. The UCT squads loom large — King’s Heating won the tournament last year and H.P. McPike won it in 2011 and again in ‘12.
The 58th-annual tournament, which is sponsored by the Kokomo Tribune, brings together the 40 major teams from Howard County’s eight leagues.
The following are looks at Monday’s games.
Stout and Son (R) 14, Eriks Chevrolet (UCT) 8
Tied 6-6 after four innings, Stout and Son exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth to take control. Hayden Shepherd, Gavin White and Collin Rassel had key hits in the inning.
The Russiaville squad added two more runs in the sixth for a 14-6 lead. Eriks scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth before Stout slammed the door shut.
The teams went back and forth early in the game. Stout led 4-3 after the first inning, it was 4-4 after two innings and Eriks led 6-4 after three innings.
Rassel finished 3 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored. Avery Hayes was 1 for 2 with a home run and four runs scored. White was 2 for 3 with three runs.
White pitched the first three innings. Rassel pitched the final three and came away with the win.
Stout and Son faces defending tournament champion King’s Heating at 8 o’clock tonight at Northside.
White’s (TSE) 10, Panda Vans (G) 5
Richard Taper cracked two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead Taylor Southeast champion White’s Meat Market past Greentown champion Panda Vans 10-5 at Russiaville.
Taper also had a single. He finished with six RBI.
Matt Harrison also had a big game for White’s, hitting a homer and a single. Winning pitcher Brandon Hansen had two singles.