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The Carthage Press
  • Baseball 11-under boys headed to regionals

  • One Carthage boys baseball all star team is still playing baseball with a trip to Minnesota and a berth in a regional tournament coming up later this week.
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  • One Carthage boys baseball all star team is still playing baseball with a trip to Minnesota and a berth in a regional tournament coming up later this week.
    The Carthage Cal Ripken 11-under boys all-star team captured the Missouri state crown last weekend beating the Mineral Area National all stars 5-2 in the tournament final on Sunday.
    The Carthage team finished its summer traveling season 21-6 and finished the tournament unbeaten with four wins, reserving a place in the regional tournament starting Thursday in Waite Park, Minn.
    Brad Green, the manager of 11-under all-stars, said the team members and families need financial help from the community in order to make the long trip and pay for the five-day stay.
    “This is the first opportunity a team from Carthage has had to participate in a regional tournament, it's a huge opportunity for our boys,” Green said. “It's a five-day tournament, a long ways away and we need all the help we can get financially from the community to send these boys up there and see how they perform on the national level.”
    The team got to the regional tournament riding strong pitching from Bryce Pugh and Gavin Williams, timely hitting by Mitchell Frisinger, Tyler Mueller and others and strong defense as a team, including spectacular catches by Mueller in left field and Tanner Green at Short.
    Carthage took the lead in the fourth inning of the six-inning game after falling behind 2-0 in the first inning.
    Frisinger put down his second bunt single of the game, then he stole second when the catcher held on to a foul tip. Frisinger took third base on a fielder's choice by Chase Parrish. Frisinger scored the go-ahead run when a pitch got by the catcher with two outs in the inning.
    Carthage sealed the game with two runs in the top of the sixth and solid defense.
    In the bottom of the sixth, with Mineral Area down to three outs, Carthage shortstop Tanner Green let a hot grounder slip between his legs to put a runner on first.
    He made up for that with the very next batter, leaping to his right to snag a hard-hit line drive. Green cleanly fielded the next grounder and threw to first base for the final out.
    Defense was a hallmark for both teams in this game.
    Caden Crahan made a spectacular diving catch in left field in the third inning to keep Mineral Area from putting runners on base and keep the score at 2-0.
    On Mineral Area's side Pitcher Gage Manion used reflexes to catch a hot liner back up the middle from the bat of Carthage's Gavin Williams.
    Carthage had to get warmed up and allowed Mineral Area to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a missed pop fly, a double and a high pitch from Pugh.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pugh got out of the first with two strike-outs, then, after allowing a lead-off double in the second inning, he truck out the side to hold the deficit to 2-0.
    Carthage pitchers Pugh and Williams totaled seven strikeouts for the game.
    The tournament in Waite Park, Minn., starts on Thursday. For more details on how to help the team make the trip, call Brad Green at 417-827-6632 or see the team's website at www.carthageyouthbaseball.com.

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