Ken Coomer felt a good week of hitting practice would help his Hamilton West Side all-stars move past a string of slow starts.
He was right and then some Sunday afternoon.
West Side scored in every inning but the sixth and led 10-0 in the third inning against host Maumee before securing a 13-4 victory in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag Field.
“It starts from B-Moore. A lot of times when he leads, they follow,” Coomer said of leadoff hitter Braedyn Moore, who slapped a single up the middle to start the game and went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs. “It was good to jump out early and build the confidence. We hit the home runs at the right times.”
Hamilton took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and put up a seven-spot in the second, with Moore and Lake Cundiff both launching three-run homers.
“It felt really good,” Cundiff said of his shot to center field that extended the lead to 9-0. “I knew if they gave me a first-pitch curveball … I would hit it. Me and my friend (Casey Parsons) are the only ones that are allowed to swing at those.”
“The defense and offense (were) working, we came out hitting … we just played a good game,” said Parsons, who contributed a pair of singles.
Moore, Ethan Mueller, Davis Avery and Parsons combined for a seven-hitter on the mound for West Side, which returns to Ford Park to meet Mount Vernon in a winners’ bracket semifinal at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
West Side Little League outfielder Lake Cundiff talks about Sunday’s 13-4 triumph over Maumee in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament at Ford Park in Maumee.
Maumee is headed for an elimination game against Jefferson on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
“We made too many mistakes to beat a good baseball team,” Maumee coach L.J. Archambeau said. “I don’t care what level you’re at — 12-year-old baseball, 6-year-old baseball, major league baseball. If you give a good team extra outs, they’ll take advantage of it. We’ve got to play cleaner and protect the baseball much better, and we’ve got to attack with our pitchers a little bit better.”