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- State Champions Legion B 1997 -

How The Reds Won It

District Tournament Game #1:

Eaton 11, Brush 2

Game Highlights: Carrasco allowed just one run as the Reds took an 8-0 lead in the 5th inning and cruised to an easy opening round win. Wiederspan drove in 3 runs including a slash bunt double that ignited a 3-run third inning to give the Reds an early lead. Smith also drove in 3 runs and singled in each of his first 3 plate appearances from the leadoff spot. Loftis, Hagen, Meyers and Hughes also added RBIs and the Reds took advantage of 6 Brush errors, Mininger threw the final inning to close out the win for the Reds.

District Tournament Game #2:

Eaton 10, Sterling 3

Game Highlights: Smith recorded 3 hits again, with a single, double and home run to pace the Reds' offense with 3 RBI, as Ochoa allowed just 4 hits in the complete-game win. Hughes gave the Reds an early lead with a 2-run home run in the first inning, the Reds then added 5 runs in the 2nd inning to put the game out of reach. Wiederspan also doubled and Meyers knocked in an RBI. The win guaranteed Eaton a spot in the State Tournament the following weekend.

District Tournament Game #3:

Eaton 12, Greeley Central 5

Game Highlights: The Reds were down 3-0 after the top of the first after Mininger took the mound in relief and limited the damage, the Reds then came roaring back with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning as Hughes hit the first of two home runs on the day to tie the game up at 3-3 with just one swing of the bat. Mininger then kept Greeley Central from scoring again until the 7th inning, scattering just 6 hits and 1 walk the rest of the way, while the Reds added a run in the 4th inning with an RBI single from Hagen. In the 3rd inning, Hughes hit a solo home run to add to the Reds' lead to make it 5-3. The Reds' 4-run fourth inning led by Thompson's RBI double put the game out of reach.

District Tournament Game #4:

Eaton 6, Greeley Central 10

Game Highlights: The Reds mounted comebacks from a 4-1 deficit and an 8-3 deficit, but couldn't overcome the 10-5 deficit in a game that would have given the Reds (the only undefeated team left in the tournament coming into the game) the District Championship and #1 seed for the State Tournament. With the bases loaded in the 1st inning, Smith made a diving grab in centerfield to limit the damage to only one run, and with 3 runs already in and the bases loaded in the 2nd inning for Greeley Central, Meyers snagged a line drive and turned a rare triple play to limit the damage. Meyers also hit a home run in the 3rd inning.

District Tournament Game #5:

Eaton 0, Greeley Central 0

Game Highlights: This would have been the District Championship Game, but it was rained out and the game was never made up due to the start of the State Tournament just a few days later. The Reds won a coin flip to earn the #1 seed at the State Tournament.

The 1st Summer State Championship

Game Winning Pitcher:

Mike Carrasco

1997 Legion B Varsity Season Schedule

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