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.
The DeKalb County 11-12 year old Little League All-Stars routed Lafayette, 14-6, Monday night in Sparta, and will play Smith County for the District Tournament championship and a berth to the Little League State Tournament in Pulaski. DeKalb must beat Smith twice, however, as it is a
double-elimination tournament and the local team has already lost one game, while Smith is undefeated in District play.
Steven Page hit a grand slam in Monday night's win, while Braxton Howell added a three-run homer. Jalon Foster pitched five strong innings to earn the win on the mound. Foster struck out eight Lafayette hitters.
DeKalb County will play Smith County, Tuesday night, at 7:00 p.m. in Sparta. She the local 11's & 12's win that game, a second and deciding game would be played Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
Steven Page hit three home runs off three different pitchers, as the DeKalb County 11-12 year-old Little League All-Star team blasted Westmoreland, 15-2, Sunday evening in the District Tournament at Sparta.
Jalon Foster added a grand slam, while Braxton Howell capped off DC's five home run night with a solo shot. Devin Summers pitched five strong innings for the win, while Dillon Young came in for one inning of relief.
The DC 11's & 12's lost their first game of the District Tournament, 3-1, to Lafayette on Saturday. The team will play Lafayette in an elimination game, Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in Sparta. The winner of that game must beat Smith County twice in order to win the championship.
The DeKalb County 9-10 year-old All-Stars picked up their first win in the Area Tournament at Sparta, Tuesday night. The local team edged Gallatin, 5-3, to improve to 1-2 in pool play. The 9's & 10's will wrap up pool play in the Area Tournament, Wednesday night, at 6:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, the 11-12 year-old Little League All-Stars ripped Gallatin, 8-1, to improve to 2-1 in pool play. The 11's and 12's will play Lebanon, Wednesday night, at 7:30 p.m. A win would give the local team a berth in next week's District Tournament at Sparta.
Aaron Patterson hit a two-out walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Monday night in Sparta, and propelled the DeKalb County 11-12 year-old Little League All-Stars to a 9-7 victory over Sparta in pool play action.
Patterson entered the game as a pitch hitter with a runner on base and two outs on the board. The shot landed just over the left field fence and capped off a comeback for the local team.
Sparta jumped on top with a run in the top of the first inning, but DeKalb answered on Cody Harrell's RBI single in the bottom of the second. Sparta took a 2-1 lead with another run in the third, but Devin Summers tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning. Another RBI base hit gave the hosts a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but Jalon Foster hit a two-run home run off the scoreboard to give DC their first lead, at 5-3.
The DeKalb 9-10 year-old Minor League All-Stars lost to host, Sparta, 7-0, Monday night to drop to 0-2 in pool play at the Area Tournament. The local team was held hitless through the six inning game on Monday.
Sparta plated three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning off DC starting pitcher, A.J. Mooneyham, then added another run in the third and three more in the fifth inning. DeKalb County put five base runners aboard, but only one got as far as second base.
Mooneyham gave up all seven Sparta runs on eight hits and struck out four hitters.
The loss came two days after the local 9's and 10's were held scoreless on four hits in a 4-0 loss to Smith County on Saturday night. Austin Brown, Sam McMillen, John Roller and Charlie Young accounted for the four hits in Saturday's game, while Roller took the loss on the mound.
DeKalb County's 2008 Little League All-Star teams and season award winners were announced during a special ceremony, Tuesday night, at the Little League Field.
Kalab Ferrell received the Carter Braswell Most Valuable Player award for the Little League division, while Matthew Judkins and Matthew Giles each won the award in Minor League and Senior League, respectively. Braxton Howell won the Josh Reece Memorial Gold Glove award in Little League, while Jacob Self won it in the Minor League division. Daniel Stanley won the Josh Reece award in Senior League.
DeKalb County's Little League All-Star teams will open play in the upcoming tournaments on Saturday, June 28th. Two local teams will begin play on that day, with five others slated to open tournament play on Monday, July 7th.
The 9-10 year-old Minor League All-Stars will open pool play in the Area Tournament in Sparta on June 28th. The schedule for that tournament is as follows:
Saturday, June 28th
DeKalb Co. vs. Smith Co. - 6 p.m.
Gallatin vs. Sparta - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, June 30th
DeKalb Co. vs. Sparta - 6 p.m.
Gallatin vs. Lebanon - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 1st
DeKalb Co. vs. Gallatin - 6 p.m.
Smith Co. vs. Lebanon - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 3rd
Sparta vs. Lebanon - 6 p.m.
Smith Co. vs. Gallatin - 7:30 p.m.
The winners in pool play will advance on to the District Tournament, which will begin Saturday, July 5th, in Sparta.
Webb's Pharmacy shut out Aqua Jet, 14-0, Monday night, and won the 2008 DeKalb County Little League baseball championship. The win gave Webb's an 8-0 record in the second half, and a perfect 16-0 mark for the season, as they also won the first half title.
Steven Page pitched four innings of no-hit ball against Aqua Jet and struck out 11 batters. Webb's put up seven runs in the second inning, and Devin Summers highlighted another seven-run inning in the third with a grand slam home run.
Rice's Tigers closed out the Little League season on Tuesday, with a 15-4 win over Besheare's Landscaping.
Meanwhile, Bumper's Drive-In shut out Love-Cantrell, 6-0, Tuesday night, to win the second half Minor League crown. Bumper's finished the half with a 6-2 record. Johnson's Chiropractic won the first half with a 5-3 record. Jacob Self pitched the complete game shut out for Bumper's to earnthe win.
The run at the State Tournament ended for the DeKalb County Tigerette fast-pitch softball team, Thursday, as they lost to the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils, 7-1, in an elimination game. Despite the loss, the Tigerettes ended up fifth out of the eight team field at State, and finished tied for the second most wins in the program's history, with 28.
Unicoi County had 14 hits against Tigerette pitching and put a total of 20 runners on base in the game. Shay Sullivan started the game in the pitcher's circle for DeKalb County, but lasted only two innings. Sullivan gave up three earned runs on seven hits, struck out one, walked three and hit two batters before being relieved by Morgan Page in the top of the third inning. Page pitched the last five innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits, struck out one and walked three.
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