RICHMOND – St. Clair is going home.
The St. Clair 9-and-10-year-old little league team defeated Ira Township 5-2 Friday, to win the district championship and advance to the state round.
Fortunately for St. Clair, they will get to return home for the state championships. They will begin play at 10 a.m. July 24 in St. Clair.
Eli Lohr paced St. Clair on the mound and at the plate. He went five innings and struck out eight and also added two hits and an RBI.
“Eli was absolutely amazing,” St. Clair coach Matt Distelrath said. “He got ahead and stayed ahead. Eli was awesome.”
“I was really happy but at the beginning I was nervous,” Lohr added. “I knew I had my teammates behind me and I had to get the job done and hope for the best.”
St. Clair got off to a fast start with two runs in the first inning and two more in the third. They later added a run in the sixth inning.
Ira Township meanwhile scored a run in the second and one in the sixth before stranding the tying run at first base in the sixth inning.
Luke Hall took the loss for Ira Township after pitching five innings. He also added two hits from the plate.
“We didn’t get the timely hit we needed but these kids are extremely tough,” Ira Township coach Jim Belt said. “They persevered the entire time. I couldn’t be more proud.”
St. Clair meanwhile, will go right back to work in preparation for next week.
“To watch them from the first day of practice until now is really cool,” Distrelrath said. “It’s nice to see them progress.”
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