Thunderbird goes 5-1 for 10s title

    The Decatur Thunderbirds tallied four runs in the top of the fifth inning Sunday in the championship game of the Decatur 10-and-under tournament at Rube Wynn Field and captured the event with a final 19-8 win over Wallen.
    The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
    The Thunderbirds entered the championship game with a 4-1 slate, their only loss a 7-6 setback to Wallen on Saturday afternoon. Sunday's game started out to be a close contest with the Wallen pitcher striking out the T-Bird side in the first on just 10 pitches. Decatur came back to score one in the second and then broke open with nine in the third. They had a chance to win by the 12 run-rule after the fourth, but Wallen rallied for four runs after two were out in the bottom of the inning.
    Thunderbird routed Wallen pitching for 18 hits in the title game and pitchers Kevin Brown, Noah Macklin, and Cam Voglewede retired 10 batters on strikes.
    In the six games the Thunderbirds played in the tournament, they banged out 85 hits while scoring 83 runs in just 29 innings of play.
    They opened play Saturday with a 13-1 win over Ossian and a 19-6 verdict against New Haven before falling to Wallen in the final game of the day. On Sunday, they knocked off Arnold Construction twice by scores of 19-6 and 7-4 to get a rematch date with Wallen, a game in which they never trailed.
    Offensively for the weekend, the Thunderbirds were led by Corey Miller, Kevin Brown, and Voglewede, all of whom had 11 hits. Brevin Slusher nailed 10 hits followed by Noah Macklin 8, Ethan Corral 7, Payton Boyd 7, Colin Mills 5, Jon Ruble 5, Aaron Lehrman 4, David Noetzel 4, and Nick Teeple 2.