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Local baseball teams advance to semi-state tournament

The Rossville 10-and-under All-Stars may be the only district champion and No. 1 seed from Clinton County going into the semi-state round of the Town and Country State Tournament series, but they were not the only Clinton County team to qualify for the next round.

The Frankfort 10U All-Stars will be the No. 4 seed going into the Flora semi-state after beating Kokomo UCT in the opening round of the Fowler District III Tournament and then losing to Rossville to drop to the consolation bracket where they defeated Fowler before losing in a rematch with Kokomo UCT.

Meanwhile, in the Delphi District III Tournament, the Frankfort 8U All-Stars won their first three games before falling in the third and losing to Russiaville to miss a trip to the championship game.

The Frankfort 8U All-Stars advance to Thursday’s 6 p.m. game versus Alexandria at the Oak Hill Semi-State Tournament as a No. 3 seed.

Also coming out of the Delphi 8U District III Tournament, the Rossville All-Stars advance to the Oak Hill Semi-State Tournament as a No. 5 seed after a 17-1 win over Williamsport in the qualifying fifth-place game.

They began the tournament with tough losses versus Frankfort (by 3 runs) and Russiaville (1 run).

“Our catchers, Cameron Fife and Landon Yaggie, did a great job the entire district tournament,” Rossville 8U head coach Eric Shuttz said. “We also had tremendous defensive support from Parker Marcus at second base and Brayden Baker in the outfield.

“In our last game against Williamsport, our hitting was really solid,” he added. “We were led at the plate by Ryder Woodruff (3-3, 3 runs scored), Dixon Cole (2-2, 2 runs scored) and Kie Foshee (2-2, 2 runs scored). I think the kids had a lot of fun in our last game and a key element to our success was they showed up ready to play from the start. We were able to jump out to a 6-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back. Our parents were extremely supportive, and our coaching staff did a great job getting the kids fired up.”