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By Mike Motz
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Sidney 12U Wins State


Mike Motz

Sidney's 12 and Under baseball team won the 2018 Cal Ripken State Tournament hosted in Gordon, NE this past weekend. They move on the the Regionals tournament in North Platte July 18-22 where they will be representing Nebraska and competing with teams from Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. Back Row L-R:  Jay Doty (coach), McGuire Rolls, Luke Holly, Isak Doty, Brayden Kasten, Tanner Gartner, Justin Ernest, Boone Hicks & Scott Heater (coach); Front Row L-R:  Clay Keane (coach), Kolten Wiegand, Chance Houser, Braxton Heater, Jakob Meyer, Alek Doty, Lance Holly & Shae Gartner (coach).

Gordon was the host site for this year's Cal Ripken State Baseball Tournament over the weekend, and the Sidney team took top honors in the 12 and Under division.

The action started Friday when the Sidney team faced the Sandhills team, and exploded for nine runs in the first inning when the Sandhills pitcher walked the bases loaded to start the game.

Sidney's Justin Ernest pitched two innings of shutout baseball, striking out five and walking two in two innings.

Braxton Heater finished up with one inning of relief as the Sidney team overwhelmed the Sandhills team in a mercy-rule shortened...

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