From staff reports
DYERSBURG — At least one Lebanon Rotary League all-star team will play for a Dixie Youth O-zone state championship today.
And that team will be the Americans following an 11-9 win over previously undefeated Summertown late Monday night.
The decision left three teams with one loss in the double-elimination tournament. But the Americans have played one more game than the other two, giving them a bye into today's second game.
Summertown will face the Lebanon Nationals, who edged Lookout Mountain 6-5 earlier Monday, at 10 a.m. today with the winner taking on the Americans for the championship.
The Americans jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning but fell behind 6-5 in the third. Lebanon came back with five in the fourth.
Luke Bradshaw belted a pair of doubles and Cole Ferguson one for Lebanon. Winning pitcher Jeremiah Hastings, Matthew Jenkinson [who picked up the save] and Corey Jones each notched two singles as Lebanon outhit Summertown 11-9.
Hastings, Jenkinson, Bradshaw and Mark McDearman each delivered a pair of RBI.
In the earlier gem, Lebanon scored twice in the top of the sixth inning before Lookout Mountain, which opened the state with a one-run win over the Lebanon Americans last Thursday, loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning with the Nos. 2 and 3 hitters, who were a combined 5-of-6 with four runs, coming up.
But Riley Hines struck out both batters to save the win for Braden Reece.
Tarver Hayslip singled and Matthew Winfree doubled to put National runners on second and third in the sixth. Hayslip scored on a wild pitch and Winfree crossed home on a passed ball.
Winfree doubled home two first-inning runs for the Nationals. But Lookout Mountain went up 3-2 in the bottom of the first.
Lebanon briefly tied the score 3-3 in the top of the third before Lookout Mountain scored twice in the bottom half for a 5-3 advantage. The Nationals pulled to within a run in the fourth.
Addison Clinton also doubled for the Nationals, who matched Lookout Mountain's nine hits.
Logan Hawks pitched the first three innings for the Nats before Reese took over.
Americans 6, Chester County 5
The Lebanon Rotary Dixie Americans All-Stars were one run better than Chester County on Sunday night, picking up a 6-5 win to stay alive in the O-zone state tournament.
With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth, the Americans scored the winning run on a Chester County wild pitch to pick up the win in the loser’s bracket. Lebanon jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the third, but Chester County mounted a comeback that resulted in three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game.
Jeremiah Hastings recorded two strikeouts in three innings of work on the mound. Luke Bradshaw added a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Corey Jones had two hits. Matthew Jenkinson added a hit and an RBI. Cole Ferguson tacked on a hit, and Kameron Bond picked up an RBI.
Summertown 7, Nationals 4
The Nationals All-Stars took their first loss of the O-zone state tournament Sunday night to move into the loser’s bracket.
Lebanon out hit Summertown 7-6, but didn’t cross the plate enough to pick up the win. Summertown jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the second inning, but the Nationals trimmed the lead to 6-4 at the end of three.
Braden Reece and Riley Hines split time on the mound with Hines picking up four strikeouts.
Tarver Hawks and Kaylor Gaines each had two hits with Brandon Allison adding an RBI.
Americans 10, Dyersburg 0
The Lebanon Rotary Dixie Americans All-Stars pitched a 10-0 shutout against host-team Dyersburg on Sunday to remain alive in the state tournament loser’s bracket.
Lebanon put up four runs in the first inning, one each in the second and third and four runs in the fifth to run-rule Dyersburg.
The Americans’ Mark McDearman picked up four strikeouts in two innings of work. Gaven Reasonover fanned one batter in three innings. The two pitchers combined to allow just two hits in the shutout.
At the plate, the Americans scored 10 runs on five hits. Cole Ferguson had two hits and one RBI. Luke Bradshaw and Trevor Sanders each added a hit and two RBIs.
Nationals 7, Greenback 3
The Lebanon Rotary Nationals Dixie All-Stars moved into the state O-zone finals with a 7-3 win over Greenback on Saturday afternoon.
The Nationals fell behind 3-0 at the end of the first inning, but those were the only runs Lebanon would allow through the remainder of the game. The Nationals put up two runs in the second and five in the third.
Braden Reece and Riley Hines split time on the mound with Hines picking up six strikeouts and Reece three.
Matthew Winfree led at the plate with two hits and as many RBIs. Luke Smith had two hits. Hines had a hit and an RBI in the win.
Americans 9, Lewis County 7
The Lebanon Rotary Americans stymied a comeback by Lewis County on Saturday morning 9-7 to remain alive in the loser’s bracket of the Dixie Youth O-zone state tournament.
Lebanon jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning, but it was quickly cut to 4-3 heading into the third. The Americans tacked on two unanswered runs in the third to lead 6-3.
Lewis County scored two runs in the fourth to cut the lead to 7-5 before the Americans put up two unanswered runs in the fifth to extend to 9-5. Lebanon limited Lewis County to two runs in the sixth.
Jeremiah Hastings and Mark McDearman split time on the mound with Hastings striking out three and McDearman fanning two batters.
The Americans combined for eight hits with Cole Ferguson, Hastings and Trevor Sanders. picking up two apiece. Hastings and Sanders each knocked in two RBIs.
Rain leaves Babe Ruth state tournaments in holding pattern
Weekend rains wreaked havoc on the two Babe Ruth state tournaments involving Lebanon Lion teams.
In Johnson City, Lebanon's 13-year-olds are back home facing a probable return to upper east Tennessee this coming weekend while the 15s have been rained out back-to-back days in Lawrenceburg and will try again today.
The 13s, who fell into the loser's bracket Friday night, edged Elizabethton 7-6 early Saturday afternoon. Their Saturday-night game against Franklin County was postponed until Sunday when they held on to a 12-11 victory.
They were scheduled to face Giles County Sunday evening, but are waiting, along with Cookeville and Franklin in the other half of the loser's bracket and undefeated Lawrenceburg and Johnson City, to resume action.
"They were not prepared for this," Lebanon manager Dennis White said of the Johnson City hosts, who had just one field available. "If they had three fields, they could have played this whole thing [Sunday].
"I think it would be smart to move this thing to middle Tennessee [where five of the six remaining teams hail from]."
Against Franklin County, Lebanon led 12-7 behind the hitting of Daven Dee [13-of-14 in the tournament], Andrew Harper, Trevor Eidson, Connor Patrick and Gavin Harp.
Franklin County rallied to within 12-10 and had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh with no out when White waved Dee to the mound to face the heart of the order. Dee retired the next three batters with just one run scoring to keep the Lions alive.
The day before, Lebanon staved off at least extra innings after Elizabethton tried to score from second base on a two-out single to right field with two out in the top of the seventh. Right-fielder Freddy Benitez's throw was relayed to catcher Harper by first baseman Cabe Wyatt to cut down the tying run for the final out.
In Lawrenceburg, the Lebanon 15s reached the winner's bracket final with an 11-3 win over Marshall County on Sunday afternoon. The Lions' game against Lawrenceburg has been postponed twice and is now set for 5:30 p.m. today. Like at Johnson City, four teams remain in the loser's bracket.
Lebanon outhit Marshall County 16-4 as Chase Andrews went 4-for-4 with a double. Daniel Dillard doubled as he, Sam McMillan, Andy Empey, Jakeese Turner and Austin Graves had two singles each and Reese Fudge and Michael McDowell one apiece.
McMillan pitched a seven-inning complete game for the Lions with five strikeouts and two walks on 104 pitches.
Manager Johnny Torres said Graves will be on the mound against Lawrenceburg.