Strong pitching leads Riverdogs to American Legion state title

MT. PLEASANT — The American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 Tennessee Riverdogs brought home its first Tennessee American Legion junior state championship Monday with a 7-3 win over Grundy County.
Jul 25, 2014
(Submitted to The Democrat) The American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 Riverdogs celebrate after winning its first junior state championship Monday.

MT. PLEASANT — The American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 Tennessee Riverdogs brought home its first Tennessee American Legion junior state championship Monday with a 7-3 win over Grundy County.

The Riverdogs used three complete games from their pitchers to go undefeated in the tournament with a 3-1 win over Columbia Post 19 and a 3-0 shutout of Grundy County Post 74.

Sam Patton allowed six hits and struck out four in the first game. Dalton McCorkle followed with a four-hitter and 11 strikeouts.

Ryan Hill surrendered seven hits and fanned 11 in the championship game.

McCorkle was voted the tournament most valuable player, which included a $500 college scholarship.

The Riverdogs wrapped up a 25-14 season. David Smith is the team’s general manager while Bill Potter is the head coach and Jamison Manning, Robbie Hill and Alex Dozier the assistant coaches.

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