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Winston Redbirds sweep through Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Tournament

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

2013-Winston.Boys.Fastpitch.webThe 2013 Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Champion Winston Redbirds include front row from left, Saxton Pliley, Ty Uthe, Stephen Evans, Chevy Calhoon, Dakota Hiley, Morgan Farrell, and Craig Lewis. Back row, left, assistant coach Jill West, Kristchon Hisel, Ethan Hiley, Jr. O’Dell, Zach O’Dell, Jordan Leonard, and head coach Eric Lewis. Not pictured, assistant coach Wayne Alexander and manager Jacob Lewis. Contributed Photo

WINSTON, MO – Led by superb pitching and an explosive offense, the Winston Redbirds swept through the 22nd annual Missouri Boys’ State Fastpitch Tournament undefeated by outscoring three opponents 42-3 to claim the title of the eight-team event held Oct. 4-5 at Danner Park in Chillicothe.

Winston opened with a 15-0 victory over Tina-Avalon, and followed that resounding offensive fireworks display by knocking off North Harrison 12-2 to set up a championship encounter with the Grundy County Panthers of Galt.

The Panthers (2-1) reached the finals by defeating East Harrison 17-2, and then pulled out a thrilling 9-7 victory over Jefferson. But the Panthers were no match for the Redbirds, who rolled to a 15-1 state championship victory – the first for Winston since the tournament began in 1992.

Winston enjoyed a dominating season by winning the HDC Conference title at 6-0, the HDC tournament championship and then capped off its season with a state title to finish 17-1.

And this may only be the start of a long championship run for the Redbirds as the entire roster is expected back next season, including freshman sensation pitcher, Craig Lewis, son of head coach Eric Lewis, who also serves as the school’s boys’ basketball coach and athletic director.

The Jefferson Eagles, 10-time state champions, claimed third with a 2-1 record, while North Harrison took fourth at 1-2. Newtown-Harris (2-1) claimed the consolation bracket by downing Mercer (1-2), 12-6.

    HDC STANDINGS

1. Winston 6-0, 17-1
2. Grundy County 4-2, 9-4
2. Newtown-Harris 4-2, 7-9
2. North Harrison 4-2, 6-6
5. North Mercer 2-4, 7-12
6. East Harrison 1-5, 4-9
6. Tri-County 1-5, 1-7

    FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE (*denotes unanimous selection)

*Micah Busick, Sr. Newtown-Harris (U11,U12)
*Luke Stanley, Sr. North Harrison (AC11,U12)
*Gaige Blake, Sr. North Harrison (HM11,AC12)
*Reed Hallock, Jr. North Harrison
*Destin Gann, Sr. Grundy (HM11,U12)
*Clayton Radcliff, Sr. Grundy (U11,AC12)
*Cade Mullenix, Jr Grundy
*Chevy Calhoon, So. Winston (AC12)
*Craig Lewis, Fr. Winston
*Ty Uthe, So Winston
*Drew Cox, Jr. North Mercer (HM12)
Slade Orndorff, Jr. East Harrison (U12)
Matthew Craig, Sr. East Harrison (HM12)
Adam Crawford, Sr. Newtown-Harris (HM11,U12)
Grant Widner, Sr. North Mercer (U12)
Stuart Eller, Sr. Grundy

    Honorable Mention

Kristchon Hisel, So. Winston
Tanner Hudson, Jr. Grundy
Blake Emig, Jr. North Harrison
Trey Wilson, So. North Mercer
Nate Sutton, Sr. Tri-County

    Coach of the Year

Eric Lewis, Winston