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Reds Deal Cards 15-6 Loss, Win Minor League Title; Tyler Burton Named Tourney MVP
July 2, 2008 - The Knightstown Volunteer Fire Department Reds pounded out 22 hits on their way to a 15-6 win over the Elite Heating Cardinals in the championship game of the Knightstown Home Optimist Club minor baseball league.
The Reds exploded out of the gates early, scoring four times in the first inning and adding five more runs in the second and third frames. Tyler Burton, who was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, had a monster game. Burton went 4-for-4 and scored three runs.
Lucas Lewis was 3-for-3 with three runs plated, while Kaleb Buchanan had a 3-for-4 night, also scoring three times. Jon Simmons singled, doubled and tripled, scoring three times in another huge effort.
Cameron Jones had three hits and Addison True went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Cameron Dennis slapped two singles, while Jackson Lukens and A.J. Dalton also hit safely.
The Cardinals got off to a good start, countering the Reds’ onslaught with four first inning runs. After one frame the game was tied at 4-4. Jerrad Gulley, Cameron Fender, Brett Day and Bryan Newby all hit safely and scored in the first inning.
The Cardinals got two more runs in the third inning when Fender singled, Day dubled and Connor Brockman ripped a single. Day finished the game 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles. Fender was 2-for-3 with a double and single, scoring twice. Newby also had two hits and scored one run.
Gulley and Mikey Watson had the other hits for the Cardinals.
The Sunstar Hybrids Clubs defeated the Butler Tool & Die Indians 10-6 in the first round of the Optimist Club’s boys minor league tournament. Kasen Kinnaman and Lucas Haase both pounded out three hits for the winners, while Colby Hunt blasted a triple and drove home three runners. Haase went 3-for-4 and had two RBIs, while Kinnaman was also 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Jordan Messer had a 2-for-3 day with two runs scored and an RBI.
Lead-off man Brandon Hyatt was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Lane Parker was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Brock Harding scored twice, had a hit and an RBI. Jon Lukens had two hits and Tucker Personett also hit safely. The Cubs had 17 hits in the game.
Connor Cleek tried to counter that offensive onslaught by the Cubs when he blasted two home runs for the Indians. Cleek was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored in an outstanding offensive game.
Jose Olivo was also superb at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs. Clean-up man Dylan Hiner went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Marcus Couch belted a double, scored and drove in another runner.
Austin Campton had a double and an RBI for the Indians. Jacob Harris and Justin Thomas also hit safely. The win enabled the Cubs to advance in the winner’s bracket, while the Indians were knocked into the long road of the loser’s bracket.
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