ANKENY, Iowa — The Highlander Youth Recreation Intermediate 50/70 All-Star Team is heading to the World Series.
HYR earned the trip with a 4-3 win over Daniel Boone of Columbia, Mo. in the Central Region tournament final on Thursday night in Ankeny, Iowa.
HYR moves on to the World Series, which is scheduled for July 31-August 31. 7 in Livermore, CA.
To win the modified 10-team double-elimination tournament trophy, HYR had to win consecutive games on Thursday.
First, he beat host Johnston (Iowa) 13-2 in five sets in a rematch in the losers’ pool final. Then he outlasted Daniel Boone in the win-win final last night.
Johnston (Iowa) blasted HYR 14-4 on Tuesday to hand the latter its first playoff loss. HYR avenged that loss on Thursday by scoring 12 runs in the first three innings and thanks to a strong start from Jakob Reed on the mound.
Jaxon Stone and Nolan Kennedy paved the way for HYR at home plate. Stone went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while scoring three times. Kennedy was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.
HYR, which benefited from 11 walks, also received a pair of RBIs from Blake Wisman while Preston Didat hit home four times and Parker Pennington twice.
That was more than enough for Reed, who allowed two earned runs on six hits while walking three and striking out nine in the complete game victory.
In the championship match, HYR faced Daniel Boone, who had won his first three games of the tournament by a combined score of 34-13.
Daniel Boone showed that attack late in the second moto, when he scored three on Didat to take the lead early.
In the top of the fifth inning, however, HYR scored four times to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Within this framework, Crew Neely designed a first step. He scored two hitters later on Bo Kahl’s RBI double. Stone followed with a single to put the runners first and third with one out.
This brought Didat, who delivered. He quickly threw a pitch over the fence for a three-run homer.
It turned out to be all the offense HYR would need, but Daniel Boone made it very interesting.
Boone started the bottom of the fifth with three straight singles. After the third of those, Boone had a home baserunner ejected.
Then with two outs and runners at second and third, Didat recorded a strikeout late in the inning.
Didat took the victory on the mound.
He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out 10 over six innings.
Pennington came on in the seventh and retired the first batter he faced. He induced the next batter into a groundout before bringing the next in a game-ending flyout.
It sparked a celebration and a pile of dogs on the pitch by HYR players.
CENTRAL REGION TOURNAMENT
Thursday in Ankeny, Iowa
Losers Group Final
HYR 13, JOHNSTON (IOWA) 2
HYR 273 01 — 13 8 0
Johnston 011 00 — 2 6 2
W—Jacob Reed. L — Ahvyance T. 2B — Nolan Kennedy (HYR), Jaxon Stone (HYR), Preston Didat (HYR).
HYR 4, MISSOURI 3
HYR 000 040 0 — 4 11 2
Missouri 030 000 0 — 3 6 0
W — Didat. L—Colton N. 2B—Bo Kahl (HYR). RH — Didat (HYR).