EVANSVILLE – Warsaw couldn’t solve Highland, falling short of its quest for a state title.
Highland clobbered Warsaw, 15-0, in the championship of the 14U Indiana State Junior League all-star tournament Sunday afternoon in a four-inning affair. Highland went undefeated at 5-0 for the tournament, beating Warsaw both in pool play and in the championship.
Highland, based in northern Evansville, held Warsaw to just one hit in the final, a Josh Shapiro single in the first inning. Otherwise, Highland’s Thomas Broshears was nearly flawless, walking none and striking out seven in the complete game shutout. Broshears helped his cause with a two-run homer, and the combo of Noah Richie and Josh Ferguson combined for seven hits and nine RBIs in the victory.
Warsaw, which went 3-2 in the tournament, made the final by defeating Decatur Central 13-7 Saturday night in a wild contest. After Warsaw took a 7-3 lead after three innings, Decatur rallied to tie the game at seven before Warsaw plated six unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to shore up the trip to the final. Khareus Miller was the hero for Warsaw with four hits and five RBIs.
Warsaw lost to Highland, 7-5, to open the tournament, but came back to beat Hagerstown 10-4 and South Haven 15-3 to reach the semi-finals. Miller had two RBIs in the loss to Highland. Miller, Shaprio and Kellen Smith all had two hits in the Hagerstown victory and both Shapiro and Caden Binkley drove in three against South Haven.
For the summer, the 14U All-Stars from Warsaw went 9-2 and scored double digit runs in its first six games of the season, all wins over area opponents in the qualifying rounds.