By Doug Gorman
Thursday night's early action in the American Amateur Baseball Congress district tournament's at sites around the Southern Crescent weren't very close as the winners waltzed their way to victories.
9-10-year-olds: Members of the North Clayton Reds weren't around when the Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine era" of the 1970s, was making life miserable for opponents, but this version of the Reds played an awful lot like their namesakes, rolling to a 23-2 victory against the Shiloh Astros.
Dwight Smith, Jr. hit a home run to help pace the Reds' potent offensive attack.
Dejuan Charles, Jarius Harlow and Kellan Holiday each went 4-for-4 as the Reds rolled to an easy victory.
North Clayton stays alive in the winners-bracket and will play on tonight at 9 p.m.
11-12-year-olds: In a game played at Forest Park, the Clayton County Twins beat the Brown's Mill Yankees 6-1 behind a potent offense and a solid pitching performer by Michael Perdue.
Perdue went the distance and his teammates flexed their offensive muscles by hitting several homer runs.
Seth Woods, Jarod Lopes, and Cole Putnam each hit solo homers and Charlie Harzbecker hit a two-run shot en route to the win.
Also in 11-12 action, the Gresham Park Scorpions built a 7-0 lead after four innings and never looked back beating the North Henry Sidewinders 12-1.
Along the way, the squad homered early and often en route to the win.
Pacing the attack for Gresham Park were Ronald Frost, Jr. and Lavoris Tucker with two home runs each.
Demetrius Roberts hit a solo shot to pace the victory.
Frost also pitched well, striking out seven North Henry batters.
In action at South Cedar Park in McDonough, Cascade defeated the McDonough Braves 14-3. Also, Redan beat Brown's Mill 10-2.
In 13-14-year old action: It was a rough night for the Jonesboro Cardinals as they lost to the Redan Cardinals 15-2.
Sean Jones was the bright spot for the local team with a home run to left-center field in the third inning.
The Cardinals also scored on a passed ball in the inning.
The Cardinals return to action tonight at 7 p.m. against the McDonough Hurricanes in a losers' bracket game.
District tournament action continues through the weekend. All teams are taking next week off before moving to state tournament play at different locations.
Coaches are reminded to call in their results to the Daily at 770-478-5753, Ext. 280 by the deadline of 10:30 p.m.