It’s time to focus on the state tournament for the Reds.
The Strategic Legacy Advisors Columbus Lakeview Junior Reds were knocked out of the district tournament by eventual champions Wayne on Monday, losing 7-3.
The Reds dug themselves into a hole right off the bat when the first four batters all scored for Wayne, giving the opponents a 4-0 lead after the first.
Wayne extended its lead in the second when Hogan Miller doubled and scored on an RBI single to make it 5-0.
Neither team scored again until the fifth inning when the Reds finally found their way on the scoreboard.
Evan Tessendorf reached first on a base-on-balls and scored when Taden Bell doubled him home, narrowing the score to 5-1.
But Wayne squashed the momentum though with a two-run inning of their own in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 7-1.
The Reds tried to rally one more time in the top of the sixth when Cooper Tessendorf and Caleb VanDyke both scored to bring the score to 7-3.
Taden Bell went 2-for-4 including a double which was a team high.
The Reds now shift their attention towards the state tournament that starts on Saturday and takes place at Pawnee Park. Their first game in the tournament will be against Central City at 7 p.m.
Peter Huguenin is the sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org