Zionsville - Many of the Zionsville U11 Baseball All-Stars have been in this position before.
Last year, as 9-10 year-olds, the team had to work their way through the losers’ bracket to win the District 8 Tournament and advance to the state finals.
They are one step closer to repeating that feat. Zionsville topped Avon 6-1 Thursday night to advance to the District 8 title game tonight against Brownsburg.
“I was really happy with the way we played,” Zionsville head coach Randy Eugenio said. “Our team has had to play the most games of anyone in the tournament because we are coming through the losers’ bracket to get to this point. It was the same situation we were in last year and now we are playing the same team in Brownsburg.”
Earlier in the District 8 Tournament, Avon had topped Zionsville 8-0, using the same pitcher they used last Saturday in the first meeting.
Eugenio said the team never lost hope despite that first game.
“We felt confident despite losing that first game,” Eugenio said. “We thought we could finally get to him and we were able to do that starting in the third inning.”
The two teams traded scoreless innings in the first two frames. After Zionsville sent Avon down 1-2-3 in the third, its bats went to work.
Will Pfister singled with one out and moved to second when Andrew Davis followed with a single of his own.
After a groundout advanced the runners, Sam Benedict doubled home both runners to make it a 2-0 game.
Avon scored once in the top of the fourth, but the Eagles had the answer in the bottom half of the inning.
Caleb Berrong and Ethan Maluccio drew back-to-back walks with one out.
After a strike out, Pfister singled to drive home Berrong and make it 3-1. Davis reached on an error that allowed Maluccio to score and the score went to 5-1 when Pfister scored on a wild pitch.