Logan 10s shut down LaPorte at state
The Logansport 10 year old Cal Ripken Northern State Tournament got underway Wednesday night at Fairview Park. The host team from Logansport played the late game against the LaPorte All-Stars and thanks to a combined one-hitter by four Logansport pitchers the locals came away with a 9-2 win.
Michael Meadows got the start on the bump for Logan and totally owned LaPorte through the three innings he pitched. The result, nine batters faced, nine batters go down on strikeouts.
“We wanted to come out with Michael and set the tone early and I think we did that,” said Logan manager Matt Gaumer. “It also helped that we were hitting the ball and getting kids on base, too.”
Logan got on the board early in the first when Malachi Pearson singled to start the game. He eventually scored with two outs on a base hit from Eli Starkey for the early 1-0 lead.
The local squad then plated three more runs in the third inning to go up 4-0 on the LaPorte squad. Logan then pushed another run across in the top of the fourth to make it a 5-0 game. LaPorte then got its only hit of the game in the bottom half of the inning and a pair of walks and a hit batter allowed two runs to cross the plate making it 5-2 after four innings of play.
Logansport then scored two runs in each of the final two innings to make it the 9-2 final.
Leading the way for Logansport on the night was Pearson with a pair of base hits and three runs scored. Kian Harris, Ethan Denny, Starkey, Meadows and Kolton Barber each had a base hit for Logansport. Nick LeDonne and Hunter Hewitt each hit a double in the attack. Evan Vizcarra also scored a run in the win.