CENTERVILLE — The 10-11 year old all-star team from Appanoose County will head to Urbandale this weekend to begin play in the Iowa Little League State Tournament after claiming the District 7 title on their home field at Memorial Park. Appanoose County clinched the title with a 13-1 victory in five innings against Lucas County, earning a berth in the state tournament that will run through July 25.
A seven-run fourth inning propelled Appanoose County past a 1-1 tie and eventually to the victory. They would follow up that inning with five additional runs in the sixth inning, enough to clinch the victory early via the mercy-run rule.
Lucas County’s Jakson Cobb hit a one-out, solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. That stood as the only run for Lucas County on the night, but gave them a 1-0 lead at the time.
Appanoose County’s Will Martin would score in the top of the second inning, to tie the game at 1-1.
Martin was hit by a pitch with one-out and would eventually score the game-tying run on a wild pitch.
After Appanoose was retired 1-2-3 in the third inning, their offense picked up some momentum in the fourth inning. Every hitter that came to bat in the inning reached base at least one time.
The first hitter to do so was Keaton Casteel, who reached base on a single to right field. Grant Carson, the special pinch runner for Casteel, would eventually score on a fielder’s choice hit by Wyatt Stansberry to give Appanoose a 2-1 lead.
Also coming around to score in the inning for Appanoose County was Kellon Johnson, Stansberry, Mason Bauman, Matthew Lewis, Jayce Kirkland and Otis Williams, giving Appanoose an 8-1 lead after four innings.
Appanoose would score five more runs on three hits in the fifth inning to take a commanding lead. Bauman, Kirkland, Williams, Savannah Rhodes and Stansberry came around to score in the inning.