11-year-olds shut down in Siloam Springs

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Austin Franklin, left, and Anthony Alberts come together to make a play on a fly ball in the 11 year-old Cal Ripken District 4 Tournament at Siloam Springs on Saturday. Franklin made the catch. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The Carroll County 11-year-old All Stars came up empty in Siloam Springs over the weekend, suffering a pair of losses to be ousted from the Cal Ripken District 4 Tournament.

Carroll County dropped a 13-2 mercy-rule decision to Springdale on Saturday and lost a 15-8 outing to Rogers on Sunday.

Dylan Todd took the loss in the first game, lasting less than an inning after surrendering two hits a walk and the defense committing three errors behind him.

"We started Dylan and the first batter hit it and we bobbled it," Carroll County coach Micahel Logan said. "The second guy gets a single and after that Dylan couldn't throw a strike. When he did throw a strike and they hit it we couldn't field it and it snowballed from there."

Springdale scored 11 times in the opening frame and two in the second while Carroll County could muster two in the second.

"Once we got out of that first inning we played even ball the rest of the way," Logan said. "But that first inning really killed us."

Austin Woods and Anthony Albert finished up on the mound.

Carroll County posted a six spot in the first inning against Rogers on Sunday but couldn't hold the lead.

Austin Franklin walked to lead off the game and stole second and third. Ethan Caton doubled, Braden Logan singled, Anthony Albert doubled, Austin Woods walked and Kyle Kennett walked and scored the sixth run to give Carroll County the lead.

But Rogers plated six runs in the third to knot the score at 7-7 and took an 11-8 lead in the fourth, eventually putting the game away with four more runs in the fifth.

"We played really good for there innings," Logan said. "In the bottom of the third we had another one of those innings and chased runners around bases instead of throwing in front of them. After that we couldn't hit the ball anymore. We would get one on and couldn't get them around."

Trenton Hutchison started the game on the mound. He went 2 1/3 before surrendering the rubber.

"He looked like he was getting overheated so I pulled him in the third," Logan said. "Albert came in and then Logan finished up."

Micah Hutchison led Carroll County at the plate with three hits in the two outings. He also walked once and drove in a pair of runs. Logan went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Caton drove in three runs and collected three hits.

Franklin singled, walked three times and was hit by a pitch, scoring three times. Albeet was 2-for-4 with a pair of walks a run scored and two RBIs. Kyle Kennet walked twice and scored twice, Todd walked twice and was hit by a pitch and Grant Lee walked and scored a run.

Despite the losses, Logan said he was proud of the team.

"Except for a couple of innings I was proud of the way this team played," he said. "They had fun. They were upset we didn't win. But they had fun anyway."

The squad will not attempt to play in the state tournament. Logan said he was proud of the way the team competed.

"I think the more this team played together the better they would be," he said. "That first game they looked scared to death. The second game we looked a lot better. Once they settled down they played good."

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