The Wabash 11U All Star team had a score to settle Saturday in the state tournament. Last year as 10 year olds, Wabash fell to New Albany in the state championship game. Saturday the two teams would meet again in pool play with Wabash pulling out the hitting sticks. Wabash out hit New Albany 14-3 and scored 8 runs in the sixth inning in a 13-2 win to go 3-0 in their pool.
New Albany would actually get on the board first when they scored a run in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. Wabash would even the score in the second. Cole Winer drew a lead off walk and was followed by a Kolton Floor one out single. Nathan Lehner would then lay down a perfect bunt to load the bases. With two outs Floor would score on an error to make it 1-1.
Wabash would take the lead in the third. Mason Fisher led off with a walk and was followed by a Dillon Tomlinson single. With one out Winer singled to left with Tomlinson rounding third to take a 2-1 lead. With runners on second and third with two outs Floor would double home both runners for a 4-1 lead.
With the Wabash pitching staff keeping the potent New Albany hitters off balance, Wabash would add another run in the fifth. Drayson Pace led off with a single and was followed by a Floor single. With one out Justin Booth was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Ashton Smith went the other way to drive home Pace for a 5-1 lead. New Albany would answer with a run in the bottom of the inning as Wabash led 5-2 with one inning to play.
Needing an insurance run Wabash would go off in the sixth. With one out Mo Lloyd singled and was followed by a Winer double. Pace would then single home Lloyd to make it 6-2 before Floor singled home Winer for a 7-2 lead. With two outs Booth would draw a walk to load the bases before Andrew Dillon walked to force home Floor to lead 8-2. Mason Fisher then singled to left, scoring Isaiah Sutton to make it 9-2, but Wabash wasn’t done yet. Tomlinson would double to score Booth and Dillon before Llloyd reached on a fielders choice to score Fisher and Tomlinson to lead 13-2. Nathan Lehner would be the closer for Wabash, giving up a double before forcing a ground ball and a pop fly before striking out the final hitter.