Lebanon 15s fall to Cookeville in district finale
From staff reports
LIVINGSTON — Lebanon's 15-year-old Lions all-stars lost the Babe Ruth district final to Cookeville 6-1 Monday night, but had already clinched a berth in the state tournament.
The Lions punched their ticket to the state with a 19-4 win over Jamestown on Saturday, but lost to Cookeville 11-8 afterward to set up Monday's "if necessary" game.
"Everybody was hitting [against Jamestown]," Lebanon manager Johnny Torres said. "The pitching was good.
"[Against Cookeville] we were just flat-footed."
Lebanon didn't do much better Monday night as the Lions had just five hits, including two singles by Chase Andrews and a double by Reese Fudge. John Olin and Tyler Higdon each singled.
Daniel Dillard pitched six innings in a complete game for Lebanon.
"[Dillard] pitched a good game," Torres said. "We couldn't get much going."
The state will begin Friday at Lawrenceburg.
Lion 13s walk off with extra-inning victory to punch state ticket
SPARTA — Lebanon's 13-year-olds won a thrilling 10-9 extra-inning walk-off decision over host Sparta on Saturday to earn a berth in the state tournament.
But when the Lions began wilting in the heat during the championship game against Cookeville, manager Dennis White pulled his team off the field and forfeited the contest in the second inning.
Lebanon will play in Johnson City in the state on Friday.
The Lions staged a two-out rally in the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 9-8. Leadoff batter Tyler Burton singled and stole second before thing the game on Trevor Eidson's double to deep right field.
After Eidson was wild pitched to third base, A.J. Fletcher lined a full-count rope which three-hopped the fence in left-center field to score the winner in a game which ended just after noon Saturday.
But the Lions barely had time to get a bite to eat before they were called back to the field to face Cookeville and by the second inning, White had seen enough.
"My guys needed to get some air conditioning and get some lunch," White said Monday. "I wasn't going to take a chance on any of them getting heat stroke. They wanted to continue playing, but I said 'no'.
"We already made it to state. There was no reason to continue on."