Asher’s Indians, ranked eighth in Class B, moved themselves into today’s Kingston Tournament championship game with a 5-3 win over Class 2A’s ninth-ranked Colbert in Friday’s semifinals.


Asher’s Indians, ranked eighth in Class B, moved themselves into today’s Kingston Tournament championship game with a 5-3 win over Class 2A’s ninth-ranked Colbert in Friday’s semifinals.
Caleb Dubler went the distance for Asher, giving up two earned runs on four hits while fanning five batters and walking one. The Indians were up 5-2 when their lone error of the game allowed a Colbert runner to score in the top of the seventh.
Phillip Lamirand, Tim Johnson and Hunter Fowler hit two singles apiece as Asher finished the day with nine. Dylan Baine’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth ended Asher’s scoring.
The Indians trailed by one (2-1) after three innings, and remained in that hole until the bottom of the fifth. Hunter Fowler led off with a single before Zach Fowler drew a walk, and Lamirand’s ensuing single allowed Hunter to add the tying run. Matt Palmer’s suicide squeeze moved Zach home for the go-ahead run and the Indians led for good.
“We’re playing well right now,” said Asher coach Shane Coker. “But we’re going to have to still be playing this well in four weeks.”
Asher, 13-3, will contest Class 2A’s No. 6 Tushka at 4:30 p.m. today for the Kingston Tournament crown. The Indians will host Class A’s seventh-ranked Roff Monday for a doubleheader.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.