13 U All Stars suffered 1st postseason loss

in dramatic fashion

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (July 20, 2023) – The excitement level was high throughout the evening in Ankeny, Iowa for the third round Intermediate 50/70 Central Region Tournament Little League World Series game between the Loveland Little League 13U All Stars and the host Ankeny team with Ankeny gaining a walk-off win on a bases loaded ground single up the middle defeating Loveland 10-9.

13U All Stars Coach Scott Carr and his assistant coaches (Chuck Gibson)

COACH SCOTT CARR SHARED THE EXCITING STORY ON LOVELAND BEACON TALKS – SPORTS EDITION

As always, it began with a coin toss to determine who would be home team. Ankeny won the toss and chose to take the field first. Loveland bats picked up right where they left off two days earlier and took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. Ankeny came right back with four runs of their own against Loveland starter Tate Medinger to take a 4-2 lead. 

Charlie Rigby came to pitch in the second and settled things down with both teams going scoreless. Loveland added a run in the third to close the gap to one run at 4-3, but Ankeny countered with 4 more runs giving them a 8-3 lead. Rigby stayed strong on the mound shutting down Ankeny and neither team scored again through the sixth inning. Lefty starting pitcher for Ankeny kept the Loveland bats quiet while striking out 14 and walking only one.

Then Loveland came to bat in the 7th inning. Cameron “Smiley” Dell was asked to take a couple pitches in an effort to get the Ankeny starter to his pitch limit. He got the job done drawing a walk and forcing Ankeny to bring on a relief pitcher. The bats came alive for Loveland again with the next 10 batters getting key hits and driving across 6 runs to put Loveland back in the lead 9-8 going into the bottom of the 7th inning.  Ankeny answered getting a couple runners on and looking to set up a force at home plate, Loveland intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases. The Ankeny batter drove a ground ball back up the middle for a two-run walk-off game winning single.

The loss was the first for Loveland in postseason play and sends them into the “losers bracket” facing elimination. Loveland will have a rematch with Wisconsin – whom they defeated 2-1 previously – in round four of the Intermediate 50/70 Central Region Tournament Little League World Series at 2:30 Central Time in Ankeny, Iowa – 3:30 p.m. EDT (our time) this afternoon. 

A win in that game will send Loveland immediately into the 6:30 Central Time game – 7:30 p.m. EDT our time this evening versus the winner of the North Dakota v Indiana game being played this afternoon.

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Loveland Little League 13 U All Stars displayig their “Champions” banner after ceremonial parade at Regional Tournament in Ankeny, Iowa (Provided)

Intermediate Central Region Tournament at Ankeny, Iowa continues

Thursday, July 20, 2023  – 3:30 pm EDT

Good luck to Loveland  Little League 13 U – OHIO as they meet Wisconsin in an elimination game round four of the Intermediate 50/70 Central Region Tournament

Loveland Little League 13U All Stars:

  • #15 Brady “BC” Carr – LMS (OF / P)
  • #2 Cameron “Smiley” Dell – LMS (2B / OF / P)
  • #10 Matt “Hammy” Hamilton – LMS (3B / SS / P)
  • #98 Brayden Hube – St. Columban (C / 1B / P)
  • #32 PJ Kontopos – LMS (OF)
  • #56 Brady “Pokey” Krause – LMS (1B / 3B / P)
  • #6 Cooper Krause – LMS (only 12 year old on the team. Younger brother of Pokey) (C / OF / P)
  • #0 Tate Medinger – St. Columban (SS / C / P)
  • #20 Zach Nestico – LMS (2B / P)
  • #3 Charlie Rigby – St. Columban (1B / 3B / P)
  • #18 Brady Smith – LMS (3B / C / OF)
  • #34 Evan Stonerook – LMS (OF)
  • #23 Greyson “Wags” Wagner – LMS (OF / P)
  • All Star Coaches – Scott Carr, Mike Wagner, Chris Medinger
  • Season Coaches included – Jason Hamilton and Dan Hube