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7/10/2013 12:53:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Illinois District 1 12-year-old All-Stars
Olney tops Lawrence Co., 6-3
OLNEY - Lawrence County now faces a long road to the championship in the District 1 12-year-old Little League All-Star Tournament.

Host Olney overcame an early 2-0 deficit on Monday, and sent Lawrence County into the loser's bracket with a 6-3 triumph.

Lawrence County returns tonight to face Salem in a 7 p.m. elimination game. Those teams played in Monday's opening round, with Lawrence County emerging with a 5-1 victory. Salem stayed alive in the tournament Tuesday by blasting Mount Carmel, 13-3, in a loser's bracket game.

Lawrence County scored twice in the opening inning Tuesday, and carried the 2-0 lead to the bottom of the third. Olney took control by scoring four runs in the third inning, and clinched the game with a pair of runs in the fifth.

Lawrence County cut the Olney lead to 4-3 when Case Benson belted a solo homer to lead off the top of the fourth.

Lawrence County had a good chance to regain the lead in the fifth inning, when it loaded the bases with nobody out. However Olney's Pierce Jones entered at that point, and escaped the jam by striking out three consecutive batters. In all, Jones faced five batters and fanned them all.

Aside from Benson's homer, Lawrence County had a double from Connor O'Dell and singles from Landen Ray and Connor McKinney.

Drew Moore, the first of four Lawrence County pitchers, went 2 2/3 innings on the mound and took the loss. Dylan McGuire, Benson and O'Dell also pitched in the loss.

Other Little League District 1 all-star tournaments will begin Saturday, and Lawrence County's 15-year-old Babe Ruth team will participate in the Southern State Tournament in Mattoon starting Thursday.

Lawrenceville will host the Little League 10-year-old district tournament starting Saturday. Mount Carmel will open the tournament against Salem at 1 p.m., while Olney and the host Lawrence County team will play each other at 3.

The tourney will continue with two games Sunday and one game each on Monday, and Tuesday, with a final game if necessary a week from tonight,

Salem will host the Little League 11-year-old district tournament, which will also start Saturday. Lawrence County will face Mount Carmel in the 5:30 p.m. opening game. Olney and the host Salem squad are slated to play at 7:30.

That tournament will also continue with two games on Sunday.

Lawrence County will also send a team to the Babe Ruth 15-year-old Southern State Tourney in Mattoon starting Thursday.

Lawrence County will play the host Mattoon team in Thursday's 4 p.m. game, after Crawford County and Wabash Valley play in the 2 p.m. opener.

The tournament will continue at 6 p.m. Thursday with Paris playing the Lawrence County-Mattoon winner, while the losers of Thursday's first two games will conclude the evening at 8 p.m.

The tournament will continue with three games Friday and two Saturday if necessary.


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