The DeKalb County 11 & 12 year old All-Stars lost their opening round game of the Little League State Tournament in Pulaski, Saturday, as Morristown dealt the local team a 3-1 loss in seven innings.
The game was a hot pitcher's duel between DeKalb County's Steven Page and Morristown's Weston Gilliam most of the way. Page worked six and one-third innings and allowed one run on two hits, struck out 12 batters and walked one, while Gilliam - who went the distance for Morristown - allowed one DeKalb run on four hits, struck out 17 and walked none.
DeKalb County struck first on a solo home run by Evan Cripps in the bottom of the second inning, which gave the local team a 1-0 lead. Morristown finally answered on an RBI single by Peyton McDaniel in the top of the fifth inning. The duel continued through the six regulation innings and on into the seventh.
The season ended, Wednesday night, for the second DeKalb County 10-Under Machine-Pitch team. DeKalb suffered a 15-8 loss to Lebanon at Smith County, which eliminated them from the double-elimination tournament. The local team was defeated by Smith County, 16-13, on Tuesday night.
Wednesday's game with Lebanon was tied, 8-8, through six innings, but Lebanon struck for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning, and DeKalb was unable to answer. The DeKalb team advanced to the double-elimination tournament after finishing seond in pool play at Smith County, last week. DeKalb County's other Machine-Pitch team was eliminated in pool play, as they went 1-3 in games played at Lebanon, last week.
The football season will open soon for the DeKalb County High School Tigers, who will begin their fall practices in just a few days. The Tigers are taking part in a 7-on-7 passing camp at Vanderbilt University this weekend, and will hold their annual Lift-A-Thon next week. Two-a-day workouts for the Tigers will start on Thursday, July 24th, with the team's day camp set for Saturday, July 26th.
Meanwhile, the Tigers first scrimmage will be on Friday, August 1st, when the team hosts Chattanooga Tyner at 5:30 p.m. The team will play its second scrimmage on Friday, August 8th, at home against Sequatchie County at 6:30 p.m. The DCHS student body will get a chance to watch the team during an intersquad scrimmage on Thursday, August 15th, at 8:00 a.m. during the Black and Gold Game. The Tigers will then travel to Tennessee Tech on Friday night, August 15th, where they will wrap up the pre-season at the Tennessee Tech Jamboree.
The DeKalb County 10 and 11 year old All-Stars lost their bid to earn a berth to the State Tournament, Tuesday night, as they traveled to Smith County and lost to the host team, 11-1, in the final game of pool play for both teams. The DeKalb squad finished 3-2 in pool play, while Smith County was a perfect 5-0 against the competition.
Smith County jumped out quickly with three runs in the top of the first inning, aided by Jed Hackett's RBI double and a couple of DeKalb errors which allowed two runs to score. An RBI groundout made it a 4-0 Smith advantage in the top of the second inning, and the score remained the same until the fourth inning.
A roughly 30-minute power outage at the field stopped the game in the top of the fourth. Once play resumed, Smith County picked up right where they left off. Will Reddick and Mason Dillon added RBI singles, as the hosts opened up a 7-0 lead.
The DeKalb County 11 & 12 year old Little League All-Stars are preparing for their trip to the State Tournament in Pulaski, this weekend. The local Little Leaguers are making their first trip to State since 2002, when the team traveled to Morristown and finished third.
DeKalb County will be facing Morristown in the opening round of the tournament, this Saturday, at approximately 12 noon. WJLE plans to call in live updates from Pulaski. Win or lose on Saturday, DeKalb County will play again on Sunday. Should the local team win Saturday, they would take on Maryville, Sunday, at 3:00 p.m. A loss would put DeKalb in an elimination game with either Donelson or Johnson City, Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
The Little League State Tournament will continue through Saturday, July 26th, in Pulaski.
The DeKalb County 15 & 16 year old Senior League All-Stars lost the chance to earn a bid into the State Senior League Tournament, Monday night, as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Smith County in the championship game of the District 2 Tourament in Smithville.
The local All-Stars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Matt Giles scored on an error, and the scored remained the same until the top of the fifth inning. DeKalb starting pitcher, McCullough Wallace, held Smith County to just a single hit through the first four innings, but gave up three runs on four hits in the top of the fifth, including a solo home run by Zach Tongate and a pair of RBI singles to Zack Sanders and Timmy Bush.
The end of the season has come for one of DeKalb County's two machine-pitch
All-Star teams, while the other team is moving on to the double-elimination
DeKalb's machine-pitch representative in the Lebanon tournament bowed out of
competition, last week, after posting a 1-3 record in pool play. DeKalb was
shut out by Smith County in their first game, 22-0, last Monday, but came
back and evened their record at 1-1 with an 11-1 blasting of Portland on Tuesday.
Back-to-back losses to Lebanon (18-0) on Wednesday, and Sparta (12-7) on
Friday left the DeKalb group out of the mix to advance to the next round.
Smith County claimed the top seed out of the Lebanon bracket, while Lebanon
claimed the number-two seed.
The DeKalb machine-pitch team in Smith County, however, clinched a spot in
this week's tournament by posting a 3-1 record in pool play. DeKalb crushed
Portland, 22-0, last Tuesday to open pool play, but lost to host, Smith
The DeKalb County 10 and 11 year old All-Star team will play their final game in pool
play tonight (Tuesday) in Smith County. The local team will take on host, Smith County,
at 7:30 p.m.
The DeKalb 10’s & 11’s are 3 and 1 in pool play, so far, after they defeated
Sparta, 10-4, Monday night. DeKalb County beat Hartsville, 12-4, and Gallatin, 10-7,
last week, before losing their first game to Lebanon, this past Saturday night. Tonight’s
game against Smith County will be for the tournament championship
The DeKalb County 11-12 year old Little League All-Stars topped Smith County, 7-2, in Sparta Wednesday night to win the District Two Tournament title. The victory sends the local All-Star team on to Pulaski, where they will compete in the Little League State Tournament.
Devin Summers scored DeKalb County's first run on a wild pitch in the top of the second inning, and an RBI groundout by Summers in the top of the third inning brought Seth Stanley, followed by Steven Page, who came in to score after the throw home in an attempt to get Stanley sailed over the head of the Smith County catcher and into the back stop. Page picked up DeKalb's first hit of the game just before Summers' RBI groundout, which gave the local team a 3-0 game.
Jalon Foster and Braxton Howell each hit home runs, as the DeKalb County 11 & 12 year old Little League All-Stars doubled up Smith County, 10-5, Tuesday night in Sparta, setting up a second and deciding game for the District Tournament championship Wednesday night (tonight). The game will get underway at 7:00 p.m.
DeKalb County jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning, and had a 6-0 lead before Smith scored four unanswered runs to make it a 6-4 game. The locals pulled away with their hot hitting, and gave Smith County their first loss of the District Tournament. Cody Harell pitched five innings on the mound for the win, while Braxton Howell and Steven Page came in to close the game out on the hill.
Again, the 11's & 12's will play Smith County for the District Championship and a State Tournament berth Wednesday night (tonight) at 7:00 p.m. in Sparta.
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