Lions lose, return home with 1-3 pool mark

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM

VARINA, Va. — As the final standings turned out, the Lebanon Lions could have qualified for the Babe Ruth Southeast Region semifinals with a Friday morning win over Longwood, Fla.

But the Tennessee state champion Lions lost 9-5 and are headed home with a 1-3 record.

Longwood snapped a 3-3 tie with four scores in the bottom of the fourth inning. The South Floridians added single runs in the fifth and sixth frames to offset the two scored by Lebanon in the sixth. The Lions matched Longwood’s three-spot in the second with a trio in the third.

Jarred Bradshaw and Matthew Harper each pitched three innings for Lebanon, giving up a combined nine hits.

Lebanon had just four singles, half of them coming from leadoff batter Will Adams. Harper and Kolbe Sanders supplied the other hits.

Lumber River [N.C.] won the American pool with a 3-0 record going in Friday’s afternoon game. Longwood and Arlington both finished 2-2 with Arlington qualifying for the second semifinal spot by virtue of a win over Longwood.

Had Lebanon beaten Longwood, the Lions would have had the tiebreaker with Arlington based on their opening-day win.

Roanoke Rapids [N.C.] won the National pool with a 4-0 mark, followed by Tallahassee [Fla.] at 3-1.

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