Jasper Reds beat host/defending champion Youngstown Creekside Crocodiles 6-3 Final Four here we come!
The Jasper Reds won their 3rd straight game in pool play Friday evening when they defeated the host and defending champion Youngstown (OH) Creekside Crocodiles Friday night by a score of 6-3. In Pool A, the Reds are now 3-0, the Lake Erie (OH) Warhawks are 2-1, Youngstown is now 1-2, and the Brooklyn (NY) Cougars are now 0-3 after dropping an extra inning game earlier Friday to Lake Erie. Jasper and Lake Erie meet at 10 AM Saturday at the turf field at Joe Koch Sports Complex at Austintown, OH (just outside of Youngstown). Both teams are guaranteed of moving out of Pool A to the elimination round on Saturday afternoon and evening.
Saturday at 4 pm the Pool A winner will meet the Pool B runner up in the first 9 inning elimination game. At 7 pm, the Pool B winner will meet the Pool A runner up. Those 2 winners will square off in the championship game on Sunday morning at 10 on the synthetic turf field at Fitch High School in Youngstown. The Reds will win Pool A either by beating Lake Erie or by losing to Lake Erie by 3 runs or less per tournament tiebreakers. Either way, the Reds will be one of the last 4 teams standing. The Stark County Terriers out of Canton, Ohio are leading Pool B with a 3-0 record through Saturday’s play.
In Friday night’s victory over Youngstown, Andrew Wallace, who had a key pinch hit sacrifice fly in the win over Brooklyn staked the Reds to an early 2-0 lead with a long home run. The Reds extended their lead to 4-1 after a Landon Mokris homer in the 4th. A trio of Reds pitchers, Austin Simmers, Reece Bauer, and Jobe Luebbehusen did just enough to put out several Crocodile rallies. With runners at 1st and 3rd in the last inning and the tying run at the plate, Luebbehusen, stepped off the rubber catching the runner breaking early for second and in the ensuing rundown, Simmers tagged him out going into second for the last out triggering a Jasper celebration as they knew the win guaranteed them a spot in the “Final Four” of the World Series.