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May 23, 2013

H.S. BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Central’s Wright takes MVP honors

BEREA — Jimmy Wright’s performance at the 44th District Tournament played a big role in Madison Central earning a seventh-straight championship.

The Madison Central senior catcher was named the most valuable player when the All-Tournament Team was announced Tuesday night following the title game.

Wright was 2-for-4 with a pair of triples, two RBI and three walks as the Indians defeated Model, 9-1, in the semifinals and Madison Southern, 9-5, in the championship.

Four other Central standouts were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Senior Chris Wells was 2-for-4 in the two games with three runs scored and three walks.

Senior first baseman Ben Fisher was 4-for-5 in the two games with seven RBI, five runs scored and a walk.

Senior Kirt Caldwell pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the title game and junior Jonah Kelsey was 3-for-6 in the tournament with two runs scored and two RBI.

Southern had three players selected to the All-Tournament team — Lucas Reynolds, Eason Shouse and Griffen Norris.

Reynolds was 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a semifinal win over Berea Community. He started on the mound in the title game against Central and pitched 3 2/3 innings and also had a hit.

Shouse, a freshman, picked up the win in relief against Berea Community and pitched a scoreless inning of relief against Central.

Norris started against Berea and went four-plus innings. He also was also 2-for-2 with an RBI in that 10-9 win over the Pirates.

Model’s Ray White and Cody Jones were also all-tournament selections.

White, a senior, was 2-for-4 in the semifinal loss to Central, while Jones was 1-for-2 with a walk.

Berea’s Gabe Long and Jon Smith were also honored.

Long started against Southern in the semifinals and went six innings. He also had a sacrifice fly.

Smith had two hits and three RBI against Southern.

Southern and Central advance to next week’s 11th Region Tournament, which is being played at Don Richardson Field in Richmond.

The draw is scheduled for Saturday and all four first-round games will be played on Monday.

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