Local team claims AAA state title
Thursday, June 27th
The Ohio Elite-Hatfield baseball team won the USSSA Ohio State 10U AAA Baseball Tournament at Berliner Park in Columbus on Sunday. Team members are, front row from left, Tanner Burgess, Austin Knupp, Ty Hatfield, Sam Sells, Eric Lawrence, Brady Bocherer and Kaine Sheriff; Second row, Noah James, Caleb Sheriff, Dayne Burgess, Tyler Harry and Weston Melick; Third row, coaches Brent Sells, Gregg Burgess, Chuck Melick, Brandon Harry and head coach J.P. Hatfield.
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Elite-Hatfield Auto Service 10 & Under team battled New Albany Gold for six innings on Sunday at Berliner Park in Columbus, with the objective the 10 & Under AAA state championship. The teams combined for 23 runs, but Ohio Elite-Hatfield eked out a 12-11 win for the title.
Both teams combined for 22 hits, including eight for extra bases, and changed leads for times in the game. Ohio Elite-Hatfield slammed four home runs in the contest: By Weston Melick in the third inning, Brady Bocherer and Caleb Sheriff in the fifth inning and Ty Hatfield in the sixth.
Ohio Elite-Hatfield scored twice in the top of the first inning, as Sam Sells doubled then stole third. Hatfield singled, and later scored on a groundout by Austin Knupp.
New Albany answered with a six-run second inning for a 6-2 lead, but Ohio Elite-Hatfield got a home run from Melick in the third inning to cut into the lead. Ohio Elite-Hatfield finally regained the lead in the fifth inning, with the help of Sheriff’s two-run home run, an error and Bocherer’s solo shot. Hatfield’s solo home run was part of a three-run sixth inning which lifted his team to a 12-8 lead.
New Albany closed the deficit to 12-11 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Tyler Harry induced a game-ending groundout to secure the championship.
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