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Nationals oust White House, Gold hands Greenbrier first loss, Nats win coin toss to advance to Dixie state

• Updated Jul 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM

From staff reports

ASHLAND CITY — Lebanon's Rotary Nationals waited out a one-hour storm delay to oust White House from the Dixie Youth district tournament 7-4 Wednesday night.

Lightning prompted umpires to halt the game just eight minutes after it began. Rain soon followed and it was an hour before the teams could return to action.

The teams traded a pair of first-inning runs. Lebanon wiped out a 3-2 deficit with four scores in the top of the fourth inning to help Braden Reece to the win. Riley Hines picked up the save.

Ryan Jackson drove in two National runs while Reece and Ben Vance each had two of Lebanon's six singles.

White House hit three doubles and a home run out of seven hits, but committed four errors to the Nationals' none.

Afterward, Lebanon's Gold won the battle of two games by holding off a late charge and handing Greenbrier its first tournament loss 90-6.

The Gold led 8-0 after two innings and 9-0 midway through the fourth before Greenbrier did its scoring over the final three frames, bringing the tying run to the plate in the sixth.

But Matthew Jenkinson finished off Greenbrier in relief of starter and winner Gaven Reasonover.

Greenbrier outhit Lebanon 11-7. All of the Gold's hits were singles, including two by Jeremiah Hastings.

By virture of the Gold's victory, Nationals manager Randall Hawks had another big victory late Wednesday night - winning a coin flip to advance to Thursday's 8 p.m. championship game. More important, it put the Nats into the July 18 state tournament in Dyersburg.

The Gold and Greenbrier will meet in a 6 p.m. rematch Thursday with the winner advancing to face the Nationals and grab the district's second berth in the state.

Lebanon Gold run-rules Blue in Little League districts

HARTSVILLE — The battle of the Lebanon Kiwanis Little League was played in Hartsville on Tuesday night and the Gold run-ruled the Blue 13-0 in four innings.

The Gold advanced to a meeting with Smith County which was rained out Wednesday night.

The Gold scored 12 times in the third inning to break open a 1-0 game as they outhit the Blue 13-1.

McKane Everett pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win before Tyler Wiggins finished. Brock Gann led the offense with three RBI on two doubles. Mason Everett tripled home two runs and singled. Mack Wright and Denton Dodson each delivered a pair of hits and Jack Martin, Jacob Belcher, Jaylin Binnion and John Tomlinson one apiece.

Both Lebanon teams fell into the loser's bracket Monday. The Gold lost to Gallatin 9-2 and the Blue fell to Smith County 9-1.

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