July 2, 2010 11:14:00 AM
EUPORA __ The Columbus American All-Stars hit the ball Thursday the way coach Kelvin Smith believed they could.
The Americans smacked the ball to win their first two games in the Dizzy Dean 7-year old South State Tournament, beating East Central 24-2 and Louisville 25-3.
"We''re having fun," Smith said. "We''re trying to go all the way."
The American are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. today against the Columbus National All-Stars, who beat Eupora 26-5 on Thursday.
The Americans'' leading hitters against East Central were Jackson Conn with a homer, triple and double, Will Teague with a homer and triple, Kelvin Smith Jr. with a homer and double, Deairyus Conner with two doubles and a single, Luke Altmyer, Jackson Dollar and Michael Frierson with a double and two singles each, and Melvin Crawford with three singles.
The Americans were led at the plate against Louisville by Lawson Dale with a homer and two singles, Crawford with a homer and double, Altmyer with a homer and single, Dollar with a triple and two doubles, Teague with two doubles and a single, Sam Hannon with two doubles and Conn with a double and two singles.
n Columbus Nationals 26, Eupora 5: The Nationals also had a big day at the plate with 33 hits to beat Eupora.
"They came out ready to play ball and they saw the ball real well," Columbus Nationals coach Andy Brown said. "They came out eager. They were ready to hit the ball and they stung it."
Going 4-for-4 were Adam Adair (homer and double), Drew Brown (homer and double), Hays Lumsden (triple and double), Bailey Rowzee (triple) and Dakota Shaw (triple and double).
Going 3-for-4 were Zac Butler (double) and Jacob Wilson (three doubles).
Other leading hitters were Cooper Odom with a double and single, Parker James with two singles and Kameron Harcrow, Taylon Stevenson and Colby White with a single each.