SWEETWATER — Harriman scored all its runs in the fourth and fifth innings Thursday to wipe out a Lebanon National lead and prevail 8-5 in the opening round of the Dixie Youth O-Zone state tournament.
Thursday night went no better for the other Lebanon Youth Baseball team as the Americans saw Savannah score nine times in the top of the sixth inning in a 10-4 loss.
The Nationals led 4-0 midway through the fourth before Harriman got three runs in the bottom of the fourth and five in the fifth to drop Lebanon into an 11:30 a.m. CDT elimination game Friday against Fairview, which lost to Madisonville.
The Lebanon Americans will take on Collinwood at 2 p.m. today, also in a loser-out contest.
The Nationals notched four hits – singles by Tyson Kelley, Chase Birdwell, Braxton Swann and Garrett Pope. Swann and Jayden Jobe each drove in a run.
J.D. Usrey pitched three no-hit innings with three walks and four strikeouts before Harriman’s Brandon Turpin homered off Cade Tuschl in the fourth. Birdwell gave up the go-ahead run in the fifth and took the loss. Kolbe Gaines recorded the final three outs while surrendering a pair of scores.
Seth Cook drove in three Harriman runs on two singles while Turpin, the winning pitcher in relief, and Jack Simpson each finished with two RBI and Ethan Adkisson one.
The Americans led 2-1 through five innings before Savannah drenched Lebanon in the sixth.
Lebanon took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and tried to come back in the sixth but could only get two more scores.
Luke Bradshaw had two of Lebanon's eight hits while Gaven Reasonover, Braden Reece, Carson Boles, Evan Britt, Cory Jones and Brady Chappel each banged out one. Britt drove in two runs and Bradshaw and Boles one apiece.
Reece pitched the first three innings with no hits allowed and nine strikeouts before Britt surrendered a run in the fourth. Savannah reached Kameron Bond, Mark McDearman and Chappel in the big inning with Bond taking the loss.
Babe Ruth 15-under state tournament opens Friday at Baird Park
The Babe Ruth 15-under state tournament will get underway Friday with a pair of games at Lebanon’s Charles Eskew Field in Baird Park.
Cookeville will take on Marshall County in the 6 p.m. opener with the winner catching Elizabethton at 11 a.m. Saturday and the loser falling into a 2 p.m. elimination game against the loser of Friday’s 8 p.m. contest between Tullahoma and Lebanon.
The Tullahoma-Lebanon winner will catch the Cookeville-Marshall County-Elizabethton winner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The championship round is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday with the “if necessary” game at 6 p.m. Monday.
The champion will advance to the Southeast Regional which begins July 30 in Varina, Va.