SWEETWATER — Both Lebanon Youth Baseball teams stayed alive in the Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series with loser’s-bracket victories Friday.
The Lebanon Nationals run-ruled Fairview 13-3 before the Americans did likewise to Collinwood 14-3.
The Nationals finished off Fairview with six runs in the fifth inning.
Cade Tuschl homered and drove in two runs for the Nats while Chase Birdwell knocked in four runs on three singles and Braxton Swann two scores on a single.
Tyson Kelley, Ryan Jackson and Garrett Pope each drove in a run on a hit, with Jackson’s going for a double. Bryce Miller and J.D. Usery doubled while Alex Cook singled.
Birdwell pitched a perfect first inning with two strikeouts before Pope went the next three to get the win. Miller worked the top of the fifth.
The Nationals will play again at 9 a.m. CDT Saturday against the loser of Savannah vs. Greenback, weather permitting.
The Americans, who needed just four innings for the win, will take on either Madisonville or Harriman at 11:30 a.m. today.
They started the game with a six-run first inning and ended it with a half dozen in the top of the fourth.
Carson Boles and Kameron Bond each drove in two runs on two singles while Braden Reece racked up two RBI on a double. Mark McDearman and Jeremiah Hastings doubled while Gaven Reasonover, Luke Bradshaw and Spencer Sorce singled to round out Lebanon’s 11-hit attack.
Reese pitched a hitless first inning before Bond recorded an out and Reasonover the final 2 2/3 as the trio allowed two hits.
Late Thursday, the Americans, who gave up nine runs in the top of the sixth inning of a 10-4 loss to Savannah, 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 Reasonover, Reece, Boles, Evan Britt, Cory Jones and Brady Chappell 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.