The Indiana Prospects 13U- Luedeman (pictured) tore through the field of the USSSA Indiana Fall State Tournament this past weekend in Indianapolis. The Prospects went 5-0 overall during the two-day event and outscored opponents by a combined 48 to 6. This was the team’s first appearance in a USSSA tournament in the fall season after winning two events as 12-year-olds including the Spring Training Classic Global World Series Qualifier.
In fact, Manager Ted Luedeman’s team was so dominant in Indianapolis this past weekend that besides a lone one-run ballgame, the next closest margin of victory was six. Seven other teams tried to measure up to the Prospects, all coming from the host state. Teams would play in a two-game pool first round before being seeded by record and runs allowed. At that point all eight teams advanced into a single elimination bracket.
The Prospects got off to a red-hot start in this state tournament as they dismantled a fellow Major-classified team on Saturday – the Indiana Expos 13u National. The final score was 15-0 and they only needed to play three innings as the mercy rule took affect. Kendall Gregg threw two innings on the mound and Ryker Hughes recorded three outs to easily notch the first win. The second game was nearly as lopsided for the Indiana Prospects.
They played 180 Elite Baseball (AAA) who rolled over 13-1, but might not have thrown their best pitches as indicated by a score in the elimination round. In this pool game however, Keegan Walker nearly went the full way, pitching three excellent innings before giving way to Treyten Clark (1 IP).
The Prospects were seeded No.1, ahead of the two other undefeated teams, Team Indiana and Indiana Nitro Gold based on their miniscule average runs allowed of 0.50. Luedeman’ team would face the No. 8 seeded 180 Elite again, but this time with elimination on the line in the first round of the bracket.
The game flow was drastically different this time around. The Prospects escaped with a 3-2 triumph behind the pitching of Caden Schrader (2.2 IP) and Nolan Cox (2.1 IP) to eliminate the pesky team from Frankfort, IN. In the semifinals The Prospects cruised by their program-mates and the 5th seeded, Indiana Prospects Zumbolo, 9-3. The favorites rode starter Ryker Hughes for 3.1 innings before the game was in-hand. At that point they used three pitchers, each for not more than 2 outs: Skyler Cockerham, Treyten Clark and Zack Luedeman.
In the finals the Prospects shutout the second-seeded Team Indiana from Beech Grove, 8-0 to earn 275 total USSSA power points.
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