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Monday, July 15, 2013 10:22 PM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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VAN WERT — The Delphos Pirates and the K of C Indians won their respective Tri-County Little League Tournament semifinals on a brilliant but hot and humid Monday afternoon/evening at First Bank of Berne Field at Jubilee Park in Van Wert.

In the nightcap, the Pirates (14-6) got serious revenge on the Delphos Braves (12-8), who had beaten them all three times this season and not given up a run in the process. They used a 6-run third inning to chase Braves starter Tyler Bratton (2-plus innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 walks, 2 strikeouts) and then held on for a 6-4 triumph.

Lefty Luke Reindel got the triumph (3 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 5 Ks) and Lucas Metcalfe mopped up (3 IPs, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 2 BBs, 3 Ks). Metcalfe and (run, 2 runs batted in) and Connor Anspach (run, RBI) were 2-for-3.

Tony Sanders (2 IPs, 2 hits, 1 unearned run) and Brady Welker (2 IPs, 1 hit, 1 K) mopped up for the Braves. Bratton led the hitting with a 4-for-4 performance (2 runs), Welker was 2-for-3 (RBI) and Sanders had two RBIs.

In the opener, the K of Indians (18-2) got a combined 3 hitter from winning pitcher Nate Place (3 IPs, 1 hit, 6 Ks) and Jake Lautzenheiser (save, 3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks) to oust the Greif Rangers (10-9) 1-0.

The Indians scored once in the bottom of the second to get the win. Clayton Proffitt went 2-for-3.

The Rangers got a complete game from Brad Fuerst (5 hits, earned run, 3 BBs, 7 Ks).

The finals start 6 p.m. today.

PIRATES 6, BRAVES

Score by Innings:

Pirates 0 0 6 0 0 0 - 6 7 3

Braves 2 0 0 0 2 0 - 4 10 1

WP: Luke Reindel; LP: Tyler Bratton. LOB: Pirates 3, Braves 8. 2B: Pirates (Luke Metcalfe, Dominic Hines), Braves (Tyler Bratton, Doug Long, Peter Ankerman).

INDIANS 1, RANGERS 0

Score by Innings:

Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 0

Indians 0 1 0 0 0 x - 1 5 0

WP: Nate Place; Save: Jake Lautzenheiser; LP: Brad Fuerst. LOB: Rangers 5, Indians 7. 2B: Rangers (Gavin Flickinger), Indians (Nate Place, Lennon Bentley).

(Longer story and boxes in Wednesday’s paper).

 

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