Charleston Central tops Huntsville, 14-1
CEREDO-KENOVA -- One day after offensive struggles kept them from earning a tourney-opening win, Charleston Central bounced back in a huge way.
The West Virginia representative scored five runs in the first inning Monday en route to a 14-1 win over Huntsville American (Ala.) in pool play of the Little League Baseball age 9-10 Tournament of State Champions at Mitch Stadium.
Jonathan Blackwell led the Charleston Central charge going 2-for-2 with a triple and five RBIs. He was one of four batters with multiple hits for the West Virginia state champs.
Charleston Central's first four batters all reached via hit to stake the team to a 5-0 lead. Grant Wells' two-run double highlighted the inning.
Elias Miller and Patrick Tiffey both had two hits and four runs scored for Charleston Central, who took on Bull City (N.C.) in the nightcap.
Miller and Jerrett Gaeger combined to pitch a one-hitter.
Zach Thomson broke up a no-hitter and shutout with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth for Huntsville American.
CHARLESTON CENTRAL 520 34 -- 14 11 1
HUNTSVILLE AMERICAN 000 10 -- 1 1 1
Miller, Gaeger (3) and Tiffey. May, Bragg (4), McRoy (5) and Koob.
Hitting: (CC) Blackwell 2-2, 3B, 5 RBIs; Wells 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBIs; Miller 2-3, 2B; Tiffey 2-2; Burton 2 RBIs. (HA) Thomson 2B, RBI.
PLANT CITY (Fla.) 8, BRIDGEWATER (Va.) 7: Plant City jumped to an 8-0 lead after two at-bats, but had to hold off a furious Bridgewater rally for the win.
Bridgewater scored three runs in the fifth to pull within one and loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. A pair of Plant City defensive plays by Connor Rogers got force outs at home before a strikeout ended the comeback.
Hunter Emerine finished 2-for-2 with a three-run home run while Parker Messick also had three RBIs for Plant City.
PLANT CITY 350 000 -- 8 11 1
BRIDGEWATER 003 130 -- 7 7 1
Oyola, Pues (3), Christian (5) and Emerine. Quintanilla, Scott (2), Brunk (3), Kimbrough (5) and Eagle.
Hitting: (PC) Emerine 2-2, HR, 3 RBIs; Messick 2-3, 3 RBI; Gonzalez 2-2, 2B. (B) Eagle 2-3, 2 RBIs; Griffin 2B, RBI.
GOODLETTSVILLE (Tenn.) 4, BULL CITY (N.C.) 3: Goodlettsville recorded a win in the completion of a suspended game from Saturday.
Trailing 3-2 from Saturday's suspension, Goodlettsville went in order until the sixth inning when the first two batters reached second and third, prompting an intentional walk to load the bases. A groundout followed and a throw home trickled past the catcher, scoring Harrison Hitt and Alex Dillard with the game-winner.
Austin Bailey finished 2-for-2 with a double for Bull City.
BULL CITY 210 000 -- 3 6 4
GOODLETTSVILLE 110 002 -- 4 3 1
Singsank, Bailey (3), Bradshaw (6) and Borden. Scurlock, Mangrum (2) and Dillard.
Hitting: (BC) Bailey 2-3, 2B. (G) Watson RBI; Dixon RBI.
PLANT CITY 23, NORTHWOOD (S.C.) 6: Plant City set a tournament record for runs.
Northwood actually led 6-3 after scoring three times in the bottom of the third, but the game's next 20 runs belonged to the Florida state champions.
Connor Rogers was 4-for-5 for Plant City while Bryar Christian and Andrew Long had three hits each. Joseph Mershon was 3-for-4 for South Carolina.
PLANT CITY 003 37(10) -- 23 21 4
NORTHWOOD 303 000 -- 6 9 3
Rogers, Shissler (1), Plunk (6) and Christian. Daniels, Mershon (5), Smith (5), Johnson (5), Brush (6), Pringle (6) and Wilder.
Hitting: (PC) Rogers 4-5, 3 R; Long 3-3; Christian 3-5. (N) Mershon 3-4.
Little League baseball
TOURNAMENT OF STATE CHAMPIONS
Age 9-10 all-star teams
At Mitch Stadium, Ceredo-Kenova
Tennessee 4, North Carolina 3
Florida 8, Virginia 7
West Virginia 14, Alabama 1
Florida 23, South Carolina 6
Georgia vs. Virginia (n)
Alabama vs. Tennessee (n)
North Carolina vs. West Virginia (n)
1 p.m., Quarterfinal, if necessary.
3 p.m., Quarterfinal, if necessary.
5:30 p.m., Semifinal.
8 p.m., Semifinal.