WEST CARROLTON – Eaton’s Major League (11-12-year-olds) All-Star team came up short in its quest for an Ohio District 8 Championship on Saturday, July 9.
Eaton jumped out to an early 5-0 lead against Washington Courthouse, but couldn’t hang on in suffering a 10-6 setback in the district championship game at Moraine-West Carrollton.
Eaton opened the game with five runs in the top of the first inning. Josh Martin, who was 2-for-4, singled to start the rally. A single by Theo Winings (2-for-4) then moved Josh Martin from first to third. Christian Reyna, who was 2-for-3, singled, scoring Martin. Eaton added more runs when Winings scored on an RBI single by Brady Davis, and Reyna and Dawson Blaylock scored on a two-run single by Gabe Puckett, and Davis scored on an RBI single by Matt Toller.
Washington Courthouse got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the first then took the lead for good when they plated eight runs in the second inning to take a 9-5 lead.
Eaton closed the gap to to 9-6 with a run in the third on an RBI single by Ashton Geoit.
Eaton advanced to the title game with a 25-1 win over Englewood on Friday, July 8.
Blaylock racked up six RBIs on four hits, including a pair of home runs. He singled in the first and second innings and homered in the second and fourth innings.
Yusa Kitazawa went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs, a double and drove in six.
Puckett, Reyna and Toller also homered for Eaton.
Eaton broke the game open early scoring seven runs in the first and 13 more in the second inning. As a team, Eaton hit seven home runs for the game.
Eaton and Washington Courthouse met earlier in the week with WCH taking another come-from-behind victory, 10-8 on Wednesday, July 6.
After falling behind 4-0, Eaton rallied to take a 5-4 lead and led again 8-7, before WCH rallied for three runs in the final inning to secure the win.
Blaylock and Puckett each had two hits and drove in four runs. Martin also chipped in with a pair of hits.
Eaton opened tournament play with a 20-0 win over Moraine-West Carrollton on Tuesday, July 5. Eaton scored 10 runs in each of the first two innings to cruise to the win.
Martin had two hits and drove in five runs. Puckett was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and Renya added a pair of hits and drove in three.
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