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- 2001 3A State Champions -

How The Reds Won It

Regional Semifinals:

Eaton 9, Kent Denver 3

1st Inning: Kelly allows a run on a strikeout that bounces away from catcher Ginther and forces the Reds to throw out the hitter at first allowing the run to score from third base, Hungenberg reaches on an error and advances to second base to then score on Stanclift's single, Reds tied 1-1

2nd Inning: Both teams retire in order, Reds tied 1-1

3rd Inning: Kelly retires the side in order, then Ramer leads off the inning with a single, Ginther is hit by a pitch, Hungenberg singles, and Kelly hits a grand slam to give the Reds a commanding lead, Reds lead 5-1

4th Inning: Kelly strikes out the side in order, Swain singles with one out but is left stranded, Reds lead 5-1

5th Inning: After allowing two singles to start the inning, Kelly induces a double play turned by Swain and Trujillo, followed by a groundout to Stanclift to strand a runner at third base, with two outs, Stanclift singles, Kelly walks, Souther walks, Tateyama is hit by a pitch, Swain singles, Ramer is hit by a pitch, and Ginther singles to put the game completely out of reach, Reds lead 9-1

6th Inning: With a big lead, Kelly allows two solo home runs but ends the inning with a groundout that he fields himself, Trujillo walks and advances to third base but is left there, Reds lead 9-3

7th Inning: Kelly induces a groundout to third baseman Swain, then records a strikeout, followed by one last groundout to Swain to end the game, Reds win 9-3

Game Highlights: Kelly was clearly the story, not only leading the Reds with a dominant performance on the mound, but also hitting a grand slam that put the game firmly in Eaton's hands in the 3rd inning

Regional Championship:

Eaton 5, Manitou Springs 0

1st Inning: Ayers strikes out the side, Ginther reaches on an error and advances to 2nd base to then score after a single by Hungenberg and a sacrifice fly by Stanclift, Reds lead 1-0

2nd Inning: Ayers allows a single, but then retires the next 3 batters in order to strand the runner at 2nd base after a stolen base, Tateyama singles but is left stranded at 2nd base, Reds lead 1-0

3rd Inning: Ayers allows a walk and then after a two-out infield error followed by a walk, is faced with a bases-loaded threat, but strikes out the cleanup hitter to end the top of the inning, Hungenberg hits a 1-out solo home run and Trujillo and Stanclift single, but are left on base to end the inning, Reds lead 2-0

4th Inning: Ayers strikes out the leadoff batter on an 8-pitch at-bat, then after a walk, induces a groundout and strikeout to strand the runner, with two outs, Swain singles and later scores on a throwing error by the catcher, Reds lead 3-0

5th Inning: Ayers strikes out two batters and then after a walk induces a groundout to third baseman Kelly, Hungenberg doubles and then scores on a double by Stanclift, who then scores after Souther is hit by a pitch and Tateyama hits a 2-out single, Reds lead 5-0

6th Inning: Ayers sets down the side in order on just 9 pitches, Hungenberg hits a 2-out single and steals 2nd base but is left stranded there, Reds lead 5-0

7th Inning: After a leadoff hit, Ayers comes back and strikes out the next batter on 3 pitches, induces a flyout to centerfielder Hungenberg, and then strikes out the final batter on 3 pitches to end the game, Reds win 5-0

Game Highlights: Ayers was dominant on the mound allowing just two hits and working out of a 3rd inning bases-loaded jam with a strikeout, Hungenberg was 4-for-4 on the day with a double and home run and 2 runs scored to lead the Reds offense

The Game

Reds Win 15-Inning Marathon Game, 3-2

Game Winning Pitcher:

Scott Souther

Note: Craig Ayers pitched the first 12 innings of the game

Tournament MVP:

Craig Ayers

Last Out:

Strikeout with Potential Tying Run at the Plate

2001 Varsity Season Schedule