Trophy Factory ran the table and went a perfect 10-0 to win the Logansport Babe Ruth League championship this year.
The Babe Ruth League season had a late start and was shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic. There was no postseason tournament.
“We weren’t positive if we were going to play,” TF manager Jim Russell said. “We had to actually do away with a team this year in Babe Ruth. So we had to split some things up.
“Our numbers that signed up, there were some kids that decided to go play travel I guess and not come back to the league. Our numbers were down.”
One of the team’s key additions was Landry Carter, who went 3-0 with 25 strikeouts on the mound. The 15-year-old was going to be a catcher for the Logan JV team this year.
“He walked into our team and became a great leader right off the bat. I told him ‘hey, you’re going to have to pitch’ and he’s like ‘what?’ He says I’m a catcher and I’m like nope, you’re going to pitch too. He came out and he pitched and he pitched well for us which was out of his element because he hadn’t done it since he was 12 years old for me back in Little League when I had him.”
Gavin George went 3-0 with 18 strikeouts. Isaac Russell went 3-0 with 11 strikeouts. Rylan Campbell went 1-0 with five strikeouts.
Scotty Barron was one of the top hitters in the league, batting .565 with 13 hits and 12 runs scored. Russell batted .458 with 11 hits and 17 runs scored. Campbell batted .350 with 14 runs scored. Jonny Moss batted .500 as a 13-year-old.
“Gavin George was another 15-year-old who came and pitched well and played well for us,” coach Russell said. “Rylan Campbell, he came in and he was our ace reliever as a 15-year-old, and he hit well and played the field well and led well. Scotty Barron was my last 15-year-old and he came in by the end of the year he was real close to being the league leader in batting average.
“My 15-year-olds led and my son Isaac, he was on the mound, he played short, he hit well, he did all the little things. Our 14-year-old group was good.”
The 14s included Isaac Russell, Jacob Taylor, Bryce Howard, Owen McBride and Peyton Zimmerman. The 13s included Moss, Kaison Good, Trent Bowman and Kalani Martinez.
“It was a great season. We had a lot of good things but we’ve still got work to do. There’s always work to do for next year. But I’m going to miss my 15s for sure,” said coach Russell, who added he got a lot of help in the dugout this year.
“My assistant coaches were a lot of young kids. I had three 20-year-olds and a 21-year-old helping me coach this year. One was my oldest boy Zach and the others were Dusten Wilson, Myles McDonald and Jake Hardy were my assistant coaches this year. They were great. There were times I had football on Mondays and Wednesdays, I couldn’t make some of the games, and those guys stepped up. To ask 20- and 21-year-olds to step up to do stuff like that and for them to actually do it was awesome.”
Trophy Factory was followed in the league standings by FOP (8-2), Security Federal (5-5), Pioneer (3-7), Cass Red (2-8) and Cass Blue (2-8).
The three Logan teams finished in the top three places.
“I’m excited about our high school team, there’s no doubt about that,” coach Russell said. “I love what Danny [Frye] is doing and what’s going on up there. I’m excited to see some good things out of that for sure, which I think will hopefully bring back our Babe Ruth a little bit too. He wants kids playing together.”
Results from the final week and a half of the season:
Trophy Factory defeated Security Federal 14-8 July 20. Russell and Campbell combined for the win. Zimmerman had two hits. Campbell had a double. Taylor, Moss, McBride and Bowman each had a hit. Shamari Gittings and Amari Gittings had three hits each for SF. Brady Bair and Tate Strong each added a hit.
FOP defeated Cass Blue 8-5. Michael Gleitz and Cooper Smith combined for the win. Gleitz had two hits. Dylan Pearson, Jace Smith and Andrew Helton each doubled. Brandon Fiscel and Jake Fincher each added a hit. Josh Radcliff, Noah Preston and Cason Fellowed each had a hit for Cass.
Pioneer defeated Cass Blue 5-3 July 23. Brenton Gaumer and Jacob Spencer combined for the win. Spencer had two hits. Tyler Zellers, Derrick Duncan, Dawson Eggers and JJ Salano each added a hit. Kyle Cohee had two hits for Cass. Trevor Rowe and Josh Radcliff each added a hit.
Trophy Factory defeated Cass Red 12-8. Barron and Carter combined for the win. Barron had three hits. Campbell had a double. Campbell, Russell, Good and Zimmerman each added a hit. Braylen Mayhill had two hits for Cass. Nolan Hahn added a hit.
Pioneer defeated Cass Red 6-3 Tuesday. Spencer and Gaumer combined for the win. Luke Perry, Bryan Gluth, Spencer, Malachi Leal, Nick Rottet and Eggers each had a hit. Hahn, Mayhill and Wyatt Orpurt each had a hit for Cass.
FOP defeated Security Federal 17-4. Helton and Fiscel combined for the win. Andrew McGee had three doubles, Fiscel had two doubles and Grayson Long added a double. Helton, Pearson, Jace Smith, Cooper Smith, Fincher, Ashton Shideler and Kaison Hipsher-Walker each added a hit. Strong had a double for SF. Amari Gittings, Ezeriah Bricknell and Landon Morock each added a hit.