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Nationals outscore Signal in Dixie state opener, to play Lewis County today

• Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Lebanon Americans edged 8-7, will face Fairview today

From staff reports

DYERSBURG — The Lebanon Rotary Nationals scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to snap a tie and defeat Signal Mountain 7-5 Thursday in the first round of the Dixie Youth O-zone state tournament.

Earlier, Lookout Mountain held off the Lebanon Rotary American 8-7.

Tarver Hayslip's RBI groundout to second base scored Brandon Allison with the go-ahead run in the National sixth inning. Riley Hines, who moved from second to third on the grounder, came home on a wild pitch.

Signal Mountain jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning before the Natinoals went up 3-2 in the third and 5-3 in the top of the fourth. Signal scored single runs in the third through fifth innings to pull into another tie.

Hines pitched three innings in relief of starter Braden Reese and picked up the win to put the Nationals in today's 5:30 p.m. second-round game against Lewis County, a 13-3 winner in four innings over Hickman in Thursday's late game.

Signal Mountain outhit Lebanon 6-6. Hines had three singles for the Nationals while Reese, Allison and Kaylor Gaines added one apiece.

Earlier in the day, the Lebanon Americans jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. But Lookout Mountain went up 4-2 in the bottom half and never trailed again.

The Americans will face Fairview at 12:30 p.m. today in an elimination game.

Lebanon left two runners on base in the first inning, the bases full in the second and third and the tying run on second in the sixth.

Matthew Jenkinson drove in several Lebanon runs in going 3-for-3 while Mark McDearman doubled.

The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes by rain. The Dyersburg area was surrounded by rain and thunder all of Thursday afternoon, but heavy rain had missed the ballpark.

While the Dixie Youth enters its second day in Dyersburg, the Babe Ruth state tournaments will get underway with a pair of Lebanon Lion teams playing in mid-afternoon games.

Lebanon's 13-year-olds will take on Giles County at 1:30 p.m. CDT in Johnson City while the 15-unders face Franklin County at 2:30 in Lawrenceburg.

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