The All-Stars routed Oregon in the Babe Ruth playoffs.
LONGVIEW, Wash. -- The Youngstown All Stars are three steps away from winning the Babe Ruth (ages 13-15) World Series title.
Nick Turco of New Castle pitched a one-hitter, striking out seven batters Friday, as the Youngstown All Stars (3-1) blanked Salem (Oregon) 11-0 to reach the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
The All-Stars played Centralia (Washington) (2-2) late Friday.
Kyle Evans got the only hit for Salem (1-3), which was eliminated in pool competition.
Ahead to stay
Youngstown got the only runs it needed in the second inning. Matt Katich of Mohawk walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and took third on a groundout. He scored on a double by Frank Rosile of Hubbard. With two outs, Rosile stole third and scored on an error.
"We are starting to hit the ball to go along with our solid defense and pitching," manager Tony Gorvet said.
Youngstown had 11 hits in the win over Salem and has had 25 in the last two games.
"It's contagious; one of our guys started to hit and then the others started," Gorvet said.
The All Stars scored two runs in the second, two more in the fifth, then put the game out of reach as they scored four more in the sixth.
Play by play
Cameron Konop of Hermitage led off the sixth with a single. Mike Hoezel of Canfield reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Chuck Olesky's (Austintown) bunt single moved Hoezel to third. After Olesky stole second, Matt Dago of Shenango walked to load the bases.
With one out, Cory Collins of Laurel singled home Hoezel, and Olesky and Dado advanced to third. Collins stole second. With two outs, Turco singled home Dado and Collins took third. Collins scored on an error.
Collins and Turco had two hits and drove in three runs apiece, while Olesky, Dado and Konop each had two hits.
If Youngstown survives to today, it will play a semifinal game today at 3:30 p.m. The championship contest is scheduled for 8 p.m.