The 2014 Southern Hills Youth League Class C tournament championship game last week had a familiar look to it, matching up the same two teams that battled for the top tournament spot last summer. Coach Josh Reaves and his Manchester Greyhounds squad came into last Wednesday’s title game with a 16-1 record, their only loss coming at the hands of the team in the first base dugout, Coach Judd Johnson’s Peebles Indians.
The Hounds were unbeaten in the tournament’s winners bracket and looking to make it two “C” titles in a row, while the Indians were playing shorthanded, having only eight available players due to injury and vacations. The contest was played at Whiteoak Elementary School and in the end, it was all Hounds, as the Manchester squad scored seven times in the second inning and coasted to an 11-2 championship game triumph.
The scoring began early for Manchester as they got to Peebles starter Brock Johnson for a run in the top of the first. Lead off hitter Cade Colvin, who also was the game’s winning pitcher, singled to right. stole second, then took off for third and when the throw to third went wild, Colvin came home to make it 1-0.
Peebles got a one-out double from Franklin Myers in the bottom half of the first but could not move him any further and then the proverbial “wheels came off” for the Indians in the Manchester half of the second. Zack James, Logan Bell, and Isaiah Scott all drew walks to load the bases with no outs. A ground ball to second off the bat of Ryland Wikoff was booted, allowing the first two runs of the frame to cross the plate.
The next batter was Dakota Grooms and his grounder to short was also misplayed, allowing two more runs to come across. Johnson retired the next two hitters but a double to center by Gunner Bohl drove Grooms home and after Kyle Reaves reached on the third Peebles error of the inning, a base hit by Zack James plated two more and the Hounds had a commanding 8-0 advantage.
Peebles got one of those runs back in the bottom of the second when Johnson led off with a single to left and later came home when the throw to third as he was stealing went awry to make it 8-1.
Johnson was relieved by Chase Meade in the top of the third and he held the Hounds scoreless with the help of a nice defensive play by his catcher Franklin Myers. In the bottom of the third, Peebles scored again when Meade reached on an error, Franklin Myers singled to left, and an Easton Wesley base hit cut the deficit to 8-2, but that was the last time the Indians crossed the plate as Manchester pitcher Cade Colvin was outstanding, going on to throw a complete game for the win.
The Manchester offense padded their lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth, with Meade still on the mound for Peebles. Jaden Rigdon began the inning with a single to left, then promptly swiped second and third. Bohl drew a walk as did James to fill the bases and a base hit to center by Bell drove home Rigdon and Bohl to stretch the lead to 10-2.
As the game entered the fifth inning, the skies over Sugartree Ridge began to seriously darken but that didn’t stop the Manchester offense from adding one more run. The pitcher Colvin got a one-out single, moved up on a wild pitch and a stolen base, then came hustling home by tagging up on a short pop to second by Rigdon.
All that was left now was for Colvin to finish up his job on the mound and he did so by blanking the Indians in the bottom of the fifth and then retiring Peebles in 1-2-3 order in the bottom of the sixth. The last official out came when second baseman Wikoff ranged far to his right to make a play and a throw to first and the Hounds could celebrate their second consecutive “C” league championship.
Offensively, the Hounds were led by Cade Colvin and Zack James, who had two hits apiece, while James and Logan Bell each drove home a pair. Peebles got two hits from Franklin Myers, one of them a two-bagger.
The real story was the work of Colvin on the mound. With the pitch count that is used in “C” play, the Manchester starter still went the full six innings, scattering five hits, and allowing just one earned run to pick up the “W.” For Peebles, Brock Johnson was the tough luck loser as his defense let him down in the pivotal bottom of the second inning when Manchester scored seven times with only two of them being earned runs.
Manchester finishes the 2014 summer campaign with a sparkling record of 17-1 for the second consecutive year while the Indians fell to 15-3 with the loss, fine seasons for both of the local squads.
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.
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Manchester Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Colvin 4-2-2-0, Rigdon 3-1-1-1, Bohl 3-2-1-1, Reaves 4-1-1-0, James 2-1-2-2, Bell 3-1-1-2, Scott 2-1-0-0, Wikoff 3-1-0-0, Grooms 3-1-0-1, Lucas 1-0-0-0, Team 28-11-8-7.
Extra-Base Hits: Bohl 2B, Reaves 2B
Peebles Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Meade 3-0-1-0, F. Myers 3-1-2-0, Burba 2-0-0-0, Wesley 3-0-1-1, Johnson 3-1-1-0, C. Myers 3-0-0-0, Willoughby 2-0-0-0, Lewis 2-0-0-0, Team 24-2-5-1.
Extra-Base Hits: F. Myers 2B
Manchester Pitching: Colvin (W) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Peebles Pitching: Johnson (L) 2 IP, 3 H, 8 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Meade 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Burba 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K