The Lebanon Americans got the Dixie Youth sub-district tournament off to a rousing start Friday with a 14-0 rout of Joelton at Baird Park’s David B. Penuel Memorial Field.
Braden Reece pitched two hitless innings with five strikeouts. He may have been more impressive at the plate with four runs batted in on a two-run homer, a triple and a single.
Jeremiah Hastings hit a two-run homer and Kameron Bond a solo shot to help launch the Americans to today’s noon game against Greenbrier.
Evan Britt pitched the final two innings with four strikeouts, giving up Joelton’s lone hit.
Luke Bradshaw banged out a double and a single. Britt had an RBI single while Carson Boles singled. Spencer Sorce and Mark McDearman each drove in a run with a groundout.
Today’s winner will come back to play at 8 p.m. tonight. The loser will play for its season Sunday.
Five-run fifth lift Nationals to 11-6 win
WHITE HOUSE — The Lebanon Nationals broke open a back-and-forth game with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of an 11-6 win over Ashland City in a Dixie Youth sub-district game Friday night.
Ryan Jackson’s three-run homer opened a 10-6 lead as Bryce Miller, the last of three Lebanon pitchers, tossed the final two one-hit innings for the win.
Ashland City jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run single by Tommy Grimes, who hit a three-run homer in a four-run fourth inning as the visiting team took a 6-5 lead. Grimes, who started at catcher, took the loss in the fifth.
The Nationals scored in all five at-bats. With Lebanon trailing 2-1 in the second with runners on second and third, Garrett Pope reached on a bunt single up the first-base line with one runner scoring. He collided with the first baseman, allowing the second runner to score for a 3-2 Nats edge.
Chase Birdwell doubled as he and Jackson each had two of Lebanon’s eight hits. Pope, Miller, Cade Tuschl and Tyson Kelley singled.
Ryan Toporowski tossed the first two innings and J.D. Usery the next two as Lebanon’s pitching trio also gave up eight hits and five walks while striking out eight.
Lebanon received a second-round bye into an 8 p.m. game tonight against the winner of this morning’s 10 a.m. contest between host White House and Pleasant View.