Summertown stuns Lebanon Americans with four runs in sixth for 6-5 win in Dixie state final
From staff reports
DYERSBURG — Three times the Lebanon Americans were one strike from a Dixie Youth state championship.
But Summertown scored four two-out runs in the top of the sixth inning to stun Lebanon 6-5 in the O-zone final Tuesday.
It completed a sweep of Lebanon Youth Baseball as Summertown eliminated the Nationals 8-4 earlier in the day, dropping the former Rotary League to second- and third-place finishes in the state in LYB's first year as a merged league with the former Kiwanis Little League.
Summertown jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
But the Americans scored four times in the bottom of the third and once more in the fifth. The first two Summertown batters were retired in the sixth as the Americans came this close to joining the 2008 Rotary as Dixie Youth state champions from Lebanon.
But Summertown stubbornly refused to make strike three or the third out.
"They're a good-hitting team," American assistant coach Randy Sampson said. "We couldn't close it out.
"They were tough, tough plays. It was tough. They tried their hardest."
Mark McDearman took the loss in relief of starter Jeremiah Hastings. Matthew Jenkinson came on to get that elusive third out.
Lebanon outhit Summertown 8-5 but committed five errors. Hastings had a double while Jenkinson drove in two runs on as many singles. Cole Ferguson finished with three singles and Gaven Reasonover two.
In the first game, after the start of the contest was delayed by rain for more than 5 1/2 hours, the Nationals jumped to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
But Summertown scored four times in the this and three in the fourth to advance to the championship game against the Americans.
Riley Hines took the loss. He also had one of Lebanon's three singles. Brandon Allison and Ethan Chambers had the other hits.
Summertown banged out 12 hits.