Eaton Junior Little League All-stars claim district title


By Austin Schmidt - aschmidt@civitasmedia.com



Eaton’s Shortstop Justin Turner gets ready to receive a perfect throw from catcher Hunter Lyndsey and place the tag on a runner attempting to steal second from First Dayton Little League. Eaton won a back-and-forth battle 5-4 to claim the District 8 title on Wednesday, July 15 in Englewood.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior League All-stars after their victory on Wednesday, June 15 against First Dayton Little League. The team will move on to the state tournament in Oxford.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior League All-stars after their victory on Wednesday, June 15 against First Dayton Little League. The team will move on to the state tournament in Oxford.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

Peyton Sutton fields a ground ball cleanly and sets up to deliver a throw to first. It would be the final out of Eaton’s 5-4 victory against Dayton First Little League on Wednesday, July 15. Not only did the out seal the game but it sealed a District 8 title for the Junior All-Stars representing Eaton.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

Eaton’s Tucker Wilt leads off second base in Eaton’s 5 to 4 victory over First Dayton Little League on Wednesday, July 15 in Englewood. The victory meant a district title and a trip to the State Tournament for the Junior All-Stars.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

Eaton starting pitcher Peyton Sutton delivers to home plate during Eaton’s 5 -4 victory over First Dayton Little League in Englewood on Wednesday, June 15. Sutton pitched five innings with a no decision but unofficially struck out 7 batters, only allowing three runs in route to a team victory. Sutton also had an RBI at the plate.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.


Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

ENGLEWOOD — The Eaton Little League Junior All-Stars took home the District 8 championship after a back-and-forth battle with the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars at Centennial Field in Englewood on Wednesday, July, 15.

Eaton scored in the top of the seventh as Cole Bulach scored from third on a wild pitch to give Eaton a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the final inning.

Josh Kropelin took to the mound getting ground outs to Jordan Turner at shortstop, himself, and Peyton Sutton at third base, to pick up the victory to send the team to the state tournament.

In a game dominated by strikeouts and walks, Eaton’s ability to stay focused and make plays on three hard hit ground balls in the last inning was key and something head coach Jim Turner credited to the team’s practice habits.

“They practice hard and it pays off in the games, I mean this kids are hard-nosed, they play good fundamental baseball and that’s where it’s at,” Turner said.

Kropelin may have gotten the win, but it was Sutton who pitched the first five innings, unofficially striking out seven and only giving up three runs. Turner gave both of his pitchers a lot of credit after the game. “Our pitching was key, our pitching carried us through, Peyton Sutton pitched a great game, we pitched him out and he held them down. Josh Kropelin came in and got the win, so it was great.”

Eaton got on the board first in the second inning when Ryan Venable singled and reached third after a passed ball, setting up Nick Imhoff who singled home Venable to give Eaton a 1-0 lead. However, Dayton responded in the bottom of the inning tying the game 1-1.

In the fourth, Turner scored on a Kropelin sacrifice fly to put Eaton back up 2-1. Dayton scored twice in the bottom of the inning, putting Eaton down 3-2 heading into the fifth.

In the fifth, Sutton was able to get out of a bases loaded jam with his third strike out of the inning, keeping Eaton in striking distance of Dayton.

They took the advantage in the next inning.

Tucker Wilt scored, tying the game at three. Sutton then put himself in position to pick up the win when he singled home Turner, giving Eaton a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth.

Sutton, however, had reached his pitched limit and Kropelin came into the game as Dayton was able to tie the score, setting the stage for a thrilling final inning that saw Eaton plate the winning run and hold on for the win.

The win allowed the team to move onto the State Tournament hosted in Oxford.

Also on the team was Tyler Early, Hunter Lindsey, Christian Michael, Brandon Miller, Caleb Puckett and Logan Rose.

Eaton’s Shortstop Justin Turner gets ready to receive a perfect throw from catcher Hunter Lyndsey and place the tag on a runner attempting to steal second from First Dayton Little League. Eaton won a back-and-forth battle 5-4 to claim the District 8 title on Wednesday, July 15 in Englewood.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-7-.jpgEaton’s Shortstop Justin Turner gets ready to receive a perfect throw from catcher Hunter Lyndsey and place the tag on a runner attempting to steal second from First Dayton Little League. Eaton won a back-and-forth battle 5-4 to claim the District 8 title on Wednesday, July 15 in Englewood. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior League All-stars after their victory on Wednesday, June 15 against First Dayton Little League. The team will move on to the state tournament in Oxford.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-1-.jpgThe Eaton Junior League All-stars after their victory on Wednesday, June 15 against First Dayton Little League. The team will move on to the state tournament in Oxford. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior League All-stars after their victory on Wednesday, June 15 against First Dayton Little League. The team will move on to the state tournament in Oxford.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-11-.jpgThe Eaton Junior League All-stars after their victory on Wednesday, June 15 against First Dayton Little League. The team will move on to the state tournament in Oxford. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

Peyton Sutton fields a ground ball cleanly and sets up to deliver a throw to first. It would be the final out of Eaton’s 5-4 victory against Dayton First Little League on Wednesday, July 15. Not only did the out seal the game but it sealed a District 8 title for the Junior All-Stars representing Eaton.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-16-.jpgPeyton Sutton fields a ground ball cleanly and sets up to deliver a throw to first. It would be the final out of Eaton’s 5-4 victory against Dayton First Little League on Wednesday, July 15. Not only did the out seal the game but it sealed a District 8 title for the Junior All-Stars representing Eaton. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

Eaton’s Tucker Wilt leads off second base in Eaton’s 5 to 4 victory over First Dayton Little League on Wednesday, July 15 in Englewood. The victory meant a district title and a trip to the State Tournament for the Junior All-Stars.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-2-.jpgEaton’s Tucker Wilt leads off second base in Eaton’s 5 to 4 victory over First Dayton Little League on Wednesday, July 15 in Englewood. The victory meant a district title and a trip to the State Tournament for the Junior All-Stars. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

Eaton starting pitcher Peyton Sutton delivers to home plate during Eaton’s 5 -4 victory over First Dayton Little League in Englewood on Wednesday, June 15. Sutton pitched five innings with a no decision but unofficially struck out 7 batters, only allowing three runs in route to a team victory. Sutton also had an RBI at the plate.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-6-.jpgEaton starting pitcher Peyton Sutton delivers to home plate during Eaton’s 5 -4 victory over First Dayton Little League in Englewood on Wednesday, June 15. Sutton pitched five innings with a no decision but unofficially struck out 7 batters, only allowing three runs in route to a team victory. Sutton also had an RBI at the plate. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-12-.jpgThe Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-13-.jpgThe Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-14-.jpgThe Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-15-.jpgThe Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-4-.jpgThe Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-9-.jpgThe Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

The Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Eaton-Little-League-8-.jpgThe Eaton Junior All-Stars took on the First Dayton Little League Junior All-Stars and claimed a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, July 15 to earn a district title and birth in the state tournament. Eaton won the game with Cole Bulach scored the winning run in the top of seventh. Josh Kroplein earned the victory on the mound for the Eagles only allowing one run over the final two innings of play. Austin Schmidt | The Register Herald

By Austin Schmidt

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