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Lumber Kings defeat Titans 10-0


Andrew Hines

Lumber Kings' Avery Klein rounds second base as he sprints toward third at Bill Quake Memorial Park on June 2.

The Stilly-Klein Lumber Kings took on the Stilly-Filori Titans in the second round of the Little League Baseball 2018 Arlington Invitational on June 2.

The first inning started out slow for both teams as the pitching dominated the top of the order and didn't allow a single hit. The Lumber Kings strung a few hits together in the bottom of the second inning and racked up three runs in quick fashion. Over the next two innings, the Lumber Kings maintained their shutout but couldn't put up any more runs to extend their lead.

After shutting out the Titans for the fifth straight inning the Lumber Kings went off, scoring seven runs and enacting the mercy rule. After winning 10-0 over the Titans, the Lumber Kings move on in the winners bracket while the Titans fall into the losers bracket.

"The kids had a lot of fun and they were rooting on each one of their teammates. They had incredible plate discipline and they performed very well at the plate with their hitting. You combine that with some lights-out pitching and I think we have something really special," said Lumber Kings Head Coach Bryce Klein.

The Lumber Kings were led their trio of Avery Klein, Ian Lenius and Roanan Cason. Klein went 2-3 at the plate with one walk, one run, an RBI, two stolen bases and two singles. Lenius had three hits out of four trips to the plate, and also added on one run, three RBIs and three singles. Cason showed out all over the field as he threw five strikeouts over three innings, as well as putting together three hits, one run, two RBIs, one stolen base, two singles and a double.

Andrew Hines

Titans' Kobi Spady throws a strike in the third inning against the Lumber Kings at Bill Quake Memorial Park on June 2.

"That is a really good team and they beat us mentally today. We need to work on our attitude and effort in every game we play. We have to be positive and roll into every game expecting to win," said Titans Head Coach Rich Filori.

The Titans had a rough outing but still had good performances from Billy Kooy, Kobi Spady and Jackson Griffin. Kooy tallied the only hit for the Titans as he hit a double late in the game. Spady pitched two innings for his team but was the only pitcher that did not allow any runs with his time on the mound. Griffin started off on the mound for the Titans and threw for a team-high three strikeouts.

If you want to support your local teams, the Arlington Invitational will be continuing through the final Championship game at Bill Quake Memorial Park on June 9 at noon.


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