Zionsville — The Zionsville U11 Baseball All-Stars were ready to repeat history Friday, July 19.
Just a year before, as 9- and 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.
After an impressive win against Avon Thursday, July 18, the Eagles matched up with Brownsburg in the championship series for the second year. But unlike the year before, the Zionsville squad was unable to keep their state title hopes alive, losing the Brownsburg 10-0.
The Eagles looked strong against Avon, a team that had beaten them earlier in the double elimination tournament.
“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.”
Earlier in the District 8 Tournament, Avon had topped Zionsville 8-0, using the same pitcher they used last Saturday, July 13, 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.”
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.