District 2AA-North was well represented at the Class AA Region 3 Tournament at Brockwell on April 28.
Four of the five teams from the district competed in the tournament's opening round with Salem and ICC winning, and Mammoth Spring and Melbourne tasting defeat.
Salem 9, Newark 1
The Salem Greyhounds used tough defense behind the plate, and a big fourth inning to put away the Newark Kangaroos 9-1.
Salem catcher Jake Bontrager gunned down two would be Kangaroo base stealers to keep Newark in check.
Salem struck first in the second inning as Mark Allen got on base with a blooper to right-center field.
After a pair of strikeouts, Woody Harlow got the first Salem RBI of the game on a long double that scored Allen.
Salem starter Chris Youngblood gave up his only run of the game in the top of the third as the Kangaroos scored on a base hit.
With the game knotted at 1-all in the bottom of the fourth, the Greyhounds put the contest out of reach by crossing the plate eight times to take a 9-1 lead.
Allen started the inning off with a walk and Cody Curtis hit a double that rolled past second base.
Youngblood helped himself out as he slammed a pitch off the Newark second baseman that brought in Allen and Curtis.
Youngblood rounded home as Duane Slagley posted an RBI base hit.
Next up for the Greyhounds, Bontrager added to his good defensive game with a dribbler past short that plated Slagley.
Kyle Estes joined the Greyhound hit parade with an RBI double.
The frame ended as Youngblood got his second hit of the inning, scoring two and giving the Greyhounds a 9-1 lead after four.
The Greyhound defense refused to budge the final three innings as Salem cruised to the win.
Chris Youngblood collected two hits in addition to getting the victory for Salem.
Bradford 15, Melbourne 6
The Melbourne Bearkatz couldn't keep a handle on the Bradford Eagles in their opening round game.
Bearkatz errors helped the Eagles with a couple of big innings, four runs in one, and eight in another that led to a 15-6 Bradford win.
Melbourne jumped on board in the visitors' half of the first on an RBI hit from Dylan Dixon that scored Cody Moser.
Bradford evened the affair at 1-all after one.
The Eagles posted four unearned runs in their half of the second on a number of Bearkatz errors.
Elijah Rush, the starting pitcher for the Bearkatz, blasted a double in the top of the third that scored Moser.
Rush came around to score himself on a misplayed ball hit to short by Adam Hoskinds.
Down by a score of 5-3 in the top of the fifth, the Bearkatz grabbed the lead with a pair of base hit RBIs that brought three runs across.
Hoskinds dropped a hit into left that scored Moser and Rush, and Hoskinds later scored a run to put the contest in favor of Melbourne at 6-5.
This lead was very short lived as the Eagles torched Melbourne for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a comfortable 13-6 advantage into the sixth.
Bradford put up two more runs in the sixth for a final of 15-6.
For the Bearkatz, Cody Moser, Elijah Rush and Dylan Dixon all had two hits.
Mammoth Spring 2
The Mammoth Spring Bears faced a daunting task in the opening round of the tournament as they faced the Midland Mustangs.
The Mustangs were owners of the number one ranking in Class AA and have won the last four Region 3 Tournaments.
The Bears found no weaknesses in Mustang starter Michael Harris who went the distance in the 13-2 run called game.
Mammoth Spring looked to get on the board early in the first as Derek Todd led off with a base hit, and Matt Newman moved Todd to second with a sacrifice bunt.
Tim Simers reached first on a Midland error, giving the Bears two on with one out.
Mammoth Spring did not capitalize as Harris settled down and retired the next two Bears.
Midland jumped in front 3-0 in the bottom of the first.
The Mustangs scored in the inning on a balk, a steal of home, and an RBI base hit.
Harris set down the Bears in order in the top of the second to set up a big inning from the Midland offense.
The Mustangs exploded for eight runs as they batted around in the inning.
Midland tacked on two more runs in the home half of the third to lead 13-0 after three.
The Bears got going in the top of the fourth on a 2 RBI double for Derrick Baldridge.
This was the only score of the five inning contest for Mammoth Spring as they lost 13-2.
Baldridge paced the Bears at the plate with his double that scored two.
ICC 10, Tuckerman 5
The home standing ICC Cougars defeated the Tuckerman Bulldogs 10-5 in the last game of the evening to give District 2AA-North a 2-2 record in the opening round of the Region 3 Tournament.
Shane Irgens got the win for ICC as he struck out six and walked three.
At the plate for the Cougars Allen Roberts went two for three.
Jason Sherrell had three RBIs and Eric Small posted two runs batted in.