Central gets revenge, wins Atwater tourney

ATWATER -- Billy Flamion and his teammates were fired up to face Livingston again.

Livingston had handed Central Catholic its only loss of the season back on March 26. And Flamion wasn't going to let that happen again.

The junior put on a show with his bat and his arm, leading Central Catholic to a 13-3 win in the championship game of the Fran Oneto/Atwater-Winton Lions Easter Baseball Tournament on Thursday night in front of a large crowd at Memorial Ballpark.

"We were looking forward to this tournament because we wanted to face Livingston again before league starts again," Flamion said. "After we lost to them in league the first time, we knew we had to come out and play better."

All Flamion did was drive in six runs, including a three-run homer that seemed like it might've landed somewhere near Delhi.

Flamion also dominated on the mound, pitching four no-hit innings of relief and finishing with 11 strikeouts.

Flamion was named the MVP of the tournament after striking out 21 hitters and not allowing a hit in 8ª innings. He also went 8-for-12 at the plate with 10 RBIs.

"I think it is an advantage for us to see (Flamion) in a situation like this because we didn't see him the first time," said Livingston coach Matt Winton, whose team dropped to 12-3. "To have any chance against him, you have to make him throw strikes. We tried to take as much as we could, but he threw strikes. He's a special player."

Livingston jumped out in front with three runs in the top of the first against starter Kyler Wilson. But it was all Central Catholic after that. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.