(Updated at 7:05 a.m. 7-14) The Bowling Green youth baseball city tournament finals had their share of
Newlove Realty (Pee Wee League), Myles Pizza/Eagles (Junior League) and Elks Club (Senior League) each
claimed division titles at Carter Park, but in very different ways.
Newlove Realty finished off an impressive run through the tournament by run-ruling McDonald’s 10-0 in
four innings. Newlove had 11 hits, while holding McDonald’s to one.
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“This has been a really close-knit group of boys,” said Newlove manager Greg Rich. “There’s been four or
five of them that have played together three years in a row. This is the first time they’ve even come
close to a championship game. It’s been a real special year.”
Brett Rich and Elijah Richardson combined on the one-hitter for Newlove, with Richardson leading the
offense with a double and triple. Other leading hitters for Newlove were: Daniel Snyder and Pierce
Walker, single, double each; Brett Rich, two singles; and Tyler Noon, double.
Ryan Reiter had the only hit for McDonald’s with a double. Matthew Kramer and Reiter were the pitchers
Newlove finished17-3 overall after winning all four of its tournament games. Huntington Bank claimed the
Pee Wee regular season title with a record of 14-2.
“They’re a talented group. We were not the underdog … They did a great job,” coach Rich said of his
team. “We thought it was going to be a battle. It was surprising that it was a run-rule.”
Moving on to the Junior League, Myles Pizza/Eagles finished off a regular-season title by defeating Longs
Cleaners 4-0 to win the tournament championship.
“We had a great group of kids. We had great pitching, timely hitting, good defense. The kids had a
positive attitude the entire season. They just loved to be at the ballpark. They put it together,”
Myles/Eagles coach Brad Conner said. “Hopefully, it was a positive experience for everybody. I know it
was for me.”
Myles/Eagles went 3-0 in the tournament after a 14-2 regular season.
Brock Conner, Hogan Pash and Richard Burbey combined for a one-hitter, and Pash and Andrew Mazey each had
a double to lead Myles/Eagles. Conner and Pash each had two RBI. Ryan Ludwig and Tad McKanna were the
pitchers for Longs Cleaners.
“The position we were in, we had the target on our back,” coach Conner said. “Everybody wanted to knock
Finally, in the Senior League, it was a bit more complicated for Elks Club.
After coming out of the winners bracket, Elks needed to win only one of two games against Evan Home
It appeared Evans might make the unlikely sweep of the doubleheader after taking the first game 9-6 and
jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the deciding Game 2. But Elks hung around before exploding for 10 runs in
the top of the seventh to claim a 15-9 victory in a wild game that lasted over three hours.
“We dropped the first one. I thought we were uninspired,” said Elks manager Bill Barton. “To come out in
the second one and all of a sudden we’re down 7-0, I told the kids if you want to quit I’ll just tell
them we’re done. They said ‘no’ and the next thing you know we’re back in the game.”
Travis Snow homered and singled and Charlie Barton added two singles to lead the Elks’ offense in Game 2.
Charlie Barton closed out the win on the mound. Travis Snow also pitched for Elks. Perry Wagner, Liam
O’Brien, Tyler Nienow, Austin Carrick and Devin Allen were the pitchers for Evans.
Evans’ Raymond Baker had two doubles to lead the offense in Game 2 while Carrick had two singles. Carrick
also had a single and two doubles in Game 1, while Trey Higley added a double, Baker two doubles and
Nienow two singles. Carrick, Devin Allen and Perry Wagner were the pitchers for Evans in Game 1. Leading
hitters in Game 1 for Evans were Carrick, single, double; Trent Waters, triple; and Allen, Wagner and
Trey Higley, double each.
For Elks in Game 1, Kohl Roe hit a single, double and a homer while Snow added two singles and a double
and Aaron Gelb had two doubles. Charlie Barton and Snow were the pitchers in Game 1 as well for Elks.
Elks started the season 1-6 before regrouping and finishing with a 12-10 record. Elks was 3-1 in the
“Somewhere in the middle there they started to learn to play baseball and turned it around and here we
are,” coach Barton said. “To see that swing, to see them come around, it was awesome.”
Long’s Cleaners Ryan Ludwig delivers a pitch to the plate. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)