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Dixie Youth O-Zone state tournament

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 3:01 PM

SWEETWATER — Once the rain cleared out, the beat rolled on for the Lebanon Americans in a 12-2 hammering of Halls in the Dixie Youth O-Zone state tournament late Monday afternoon.

At the same time, the Lebanon Nationals took revenge on Harriman with an 11-4 win.

The two Lebanon Youth Baseball teams will make up half of the tournament’s final four when play resumes Tuesday. Coopertown and Savannah met in the winner’s bracket final late Monday. The winner will face the Americans and the losers the Nationals today.

The Americans scored in all four of its at-bats, starting with a five-run first inning.

Luke Bradshaw pitched the first two innings and Brady Chappell the final two, allowing three hits, to help the Americans move in the loser’s bracket.

Jeremiah Hastings drove in five runs, three coming of a third-inning homer. Bradshaw had three RBI, including a two-run homer in the fourth.

Bradshaw also doubled as he, Chappell, Gaven Reasonover and Braden Reece racked up two hits apiece. Hastings had three of Lebanon’s 14 knocks while Evan Britt, Mark McDearman and Spencer Sorce each supplied one.

Harriman, which knocked the Nationals into the loser’s bracket with an 8-5 opening-round victory last Thursday, jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning against J.D. Usrey.

But the Nationals scored two runs in each of their first two at-bats, broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the third inning and blew the contest open with six in the fifth.

Garrett Pope, the third of four pitchers, worked two innings for the win.

Lebanon outhit Harriman 12-7.

Usrey homered and drove in two runs while Pope doubled. Braxton Swann and Bryce Miller each knocked in three runs on two hits while John Ross Bryan also had two RBI on a hit. Chase Birdwell banged out two singles and Ryan Jackson, Kolby Gaines and Cade Tuschl one apiece.

Lebanon Americans 4, Summertown 2

SWEETWATER – The Lebanon Americans held off a late rally by Summertown on Sunday night to win, 4-2, and continue through the loser’s bracket in a rain-delayed Dixie Youth O-Zone State Tournament game.

The two teams were stalemate without score until the bottom of the second inning when Carson Boles reached on a ground-ball error at second that scored Luke Bradshaw to give the Americans a 1-0 lead.

Lebanon extended its lead to 2-0 in the third when Gaven Reasonover reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to the pitcher that allowed Spencer Sorce to cross the plate.

The Americans’ lead improved to 4-0 in the fourth when Brady Chappell singled to right that scored Braden Reece and Bradshaw.

Summertown, which beat both Lebanon Youth Baseball teams in last year’s round of three of win the state championship, managed a homer and a sacrifice to cut the lead in half in the fifth, but the effort wasn’t enough.

Chappell went 1-for-2 with two RBIs at the plate for the Americans. Reece and Boles each added RBIs. Bond, Reece and Cory Jones each singled.

Jeremiah Hastings and Reece split time on the mound, each going three innings. Reece recorded eight strikeouts while giving up one hit, two runs, two earned runs and two walks. Hastings had four strikeouts while giving up one hit, one walk and no runs or earned runs.

Nationals 15, Munford 2

SWEETWATER – The Lebanon Nationals continued its quest to be on top of the loser’s bracket Sunday afternoon with a 15-2 win over Munford in a rain-delayed Dixie Youth O-Zone State Tournament game.

The fourth inning ended with Lebanon (12-1) on top of Munford, 4-2, but an unanswered 11-run inning in the sixth proved to be the difference in the game.

Chase Birdwell got things started for the Nationals in the first with an RBI ground-out to second that scored Garrett Pope. Braxton Swann then hit a hard grounder to second on the next play and reached on an error that also scored Tyson Kelly to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

In the second, the Nationals extended their lead to 3-0 when Jayden Jobe hit a line-drive single to center that scored Kolby Gaines.

The game went without a run until the fourth when Bryce Miller reached on a dropped third strike that also allowed Swann to cross the plate and give Lebanon a 4-0 lead.

Munford split the difference in the fourth on a steal of home and a fielder’s choice.

The Nationals then went on a tear in the sixth that started with Birdwell reaching on a fielder’s choice that also allowed Kelly to cross the plate. Swann then hit an RBI single to center that scored Birdwell.

A few plays later, John Ross Bryan scored on an error pickoff attempt at first. Cade Tuschl picked up two RBIs on a single to center that scored Miller and Ryan Jackson. Jobe then singled to the short stop that scored Alex Cook.

In Lebanon’s second rotation of batters in the fourth, Swann drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Pope. Miller then singled to right to score Kelly. The run onslaught ended after Gaines singled to center to score Birdwell, who started the scoring in the inning.

Jobe led at the plate for the Nationals, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Pope went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Swann went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Birdwell, Miller and Tuschl each had two RBIs. Gaines went 1-for-2 and added an RBI.

Birdwell pitched two innings, recording four strikeouts, one walk, one hit and no runs or earned runs. J.D. Usrey also pitched two innings and picked up three strikeouts, giving up one earned run, two hits, two runs and no walks. Gaines and Cook each pitched one inning with one hit, no runs, no earned runs and no walks. Gaines had one strikeout.

Americans 10, Madisonville 1

SWEETWATER – The Lebanon Americans used a big day at the plate Sunday afternoon in beating Madisonville, 10-1, to continue an advance through the loser’s bracket in a rain-delayed Dixie Youth O-Zone State Tournament game.

The Americans (10-3) put up three runs in the first inning that started with an RBI double to center by Braden Reece that allowed Gaven Reasonover to cross the plate. Reece then stole second before Luke Bradshaw hit an RBI homer to give the Americans a 3-0 lead.

In the second, Mark McDearman grounded out to second that scored Brady Chappell. A batter later, Spencer Sorce hit an RBI single to right that scored Evan Britt to extend Lebanon’s lead to 5-0.

Madisonville scored its lone run of the game in the third.

In the fourth, McDearman picked up his second RBI of the game on a single to left that scored Kameron Bond. Reasonover then reached on an error at first that allowed Chappell to cross the plate to give the Americans an 8-1 lead.

Reece hit a solo homer to kick start the fifth for the Americans. Chappell picked up an RBI on a single to center that scored Carson Boles.

Reece, Chappell and Bradshaw each went 2-for-3 for the Americans. Reece, Bradshaw and McDearman each had two RBIs with Sorce and Chappell adding an RBI each.

Reasonover pitched five strikeouts while giving up no runs, earned runs or walks in three innings of work. McDearman had two strikeouts also giving up no runs, earned runs or walks. Evan Britt pitched two innings, striking out two while giving up one hit, one run, no earned runs and three walks.

Nationals 5, Greenback 2

SWEETWATER – The Lebanon Nationals continued to move through the loser’s bracket after defeating Greenback, 5-2, in a rain-delayed Dixie Youth O-Zone State Tournament game late Sunday morning.

The Nationals (11-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a fielder’s choice grounder to the pitcher by Braxton Swann that scored Tyson Kelly. Ryan Jackson hit a ground-rule double to left field that scored Chase Birdwell.

Greenback cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second on a homer.

Birdwell got things going for the Nationals on a ground-rule double that scored Cade Tuschl. Following a walk, Swann hit a sacrifice fly that scored Alex Cook. Birdwell crossed home on a wild pitch a batter later to extend the Nationals lead to 5-1.

Greenback kept Lebanon scoreless through the remainder while adding a run in the fifth.

Birdwell led at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single, an RBI and scoring two runs. Swann had two RBIs. Jackson went 1-for-1 and added an RBI. Tuschl and Kolby Gaines each singled.

Garrett Pope had one strikeout, walked one and allowed one run and no earned runs in two innings of work on the mound for the Nationals. Bryce Miller pitched three innings, racking up four Ks without a walk. He gave up one earned run. Gaines pitched one inning with one strikeout, while allowing no walks or runs.

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