Hoosier North falls in Colt World Series
After putting itself in position to earn a berth in the medal round of the Colt World Series, it all game down to a one-game showdown for Hoosier North against Greensboro, N.C,. Monday night at Loeb Stadium in Lafayette.
But this time, it was the boys from Greensboro who earned a measure of revenge from last year's defeat at the hands of the "Area Host" team by pounding out 13 hits en route to a hard-fought 7-2 victory.
Hoosier North was looking to advance to the semi-final medals round, reserved for the final four remaining from the ten-team field, for the second consecutive year.
Greensboro jumped ahead in this one with three runs in the top of the 3rd inning and tacked on two more in both the 5th and 6th innings to keep Hoosier North at a comfortable distance.
A normally proficient HN offense was limited to just six hits and scored its lone runs in the 3rd and 5th innings.
Hoosier North previously earned two victories over Joliet, Ill. 12-11 on Friday night and The Philippines 10- 0 in five innings by the 10- run rule Saturday afternoon to put itself in contention for the semi-finals as a #2 seed.
But the two victories were not enough to give HN the overall record it needed in order to place in the top two of the "White Division" and advance to play the top two finishers from the "Red Division."
Its only 2009 tournament loss prior to Sunday night was to the White Division's #1 seed and undefeated Santa Clara, Calif., 13-1 in 5 innings Thursday night in the tourney opener for both teams.
Greensboro, the #2 White Division seed, will now face Tampa, Fla., the #1 Red Division seed, in Tuesday night's semi-finals at Loeb Stadium, played too late for print in this week's Comet.
The winner of that contest will then face the winner of the Santa Clara vs. Lafayette, the "Local Host" team, in the Gold Medal Championship game scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Lafayette team, made entirely from players from the five Lafayette high schools, earned the #2 Red Division seed by virtue of its 2-2 record and least runs allowed tie-break over identical 2-2 record teams from Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Hoosier North also had plenty of local players on its 18-man roster, including three members of Delphi's baseball team from last season.
Junior Austin Hawn emerged as one of the team's top two pitchers, in addition to earning an every day starting position in either right field or first base, along with sophomore outfielder Karson Bender, who continued to carry a hot bat to the plate throughout the summer to earn a starting outfield spot.
Junior Shane Hyman also saw action in several early appearances at the catcher position.
The rest of the team is comprised of players chosen after the tryout process from nine area high schools including Lafayette Jeff, Mc- Cutcheon, West Lafayette, Logansport, Benton Central, Crawfordsville, North Montgomery and Frontier.
This year's Colt World Series field was comprised of ten teams of 15-and 16-yearolds that also included Germany, who play under the PONY Baseball, Inc. blanket.