The DeKalb County 11 & 12 year old Little League All-Stars kept their State Championship hopes alive, Monday night, as they edged St. Bethlehem in an elimination game, 6-5 in seven innings. The win advances the local All-Star team to a Tuesday night game with either Tullahoma or Morristown.
DeKalb County had to rally from a three-run deficit to keep their tournament hopes alive, Monday, as St. Bethlehem, which is a team out of Clarksville, opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and had a 5-2 advantage through three innings. Braxton Howell scored DeKalb's first run in the top of the second, as he doubled and later came around on a wild pitch. Steven Page hit a solo home run in the third to give the local team a 2-1 lead, but St. Bethlehem scored four runs in the bottom of the inning, fueled by Anthony Longstreet's three-run home run.
The DeKalb County 13 & 14 year old Jr. League All-Stars were eliminated from the State Tournament in South Holston, TN, on Sunday, as they were dealt an 8-3 setback by Eagleton. DeKalb County lost their first game in the tournament to Donelson, 16-1, on Saturday.
Chris Powell got DeKalb County on the board early in their loss, Sunday, with an RBI single, but the local team would not add any more runs to their total until the sixth inning, when Daniel Stanley ripped a two-run triple. By that point, however, Eagleton had built a comfortable lead. Dillon Roller took the loss on the mound for DeKalb County, as he pitched four innings and struck out two batters. Powell added a double at the plate, while Cody Puckett, Stephen Howell and Quentin Cook each had one single.
The DeKalb County 11 & 12 year old Little League All-Stars staved off elimination at the State Tournament in Pulaski on Sunday, as they beat Donelson, 14-11, in an afternoon slugfest.
DeKalb never trailed in the game, as they scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning on a solo home run by Steven Page, and added five more runs in the second on a two-run homer by Braxton Howell, a three-run shot by Jalon Foster, and an RBI single by Devin Summers. Before Donelson put their first run on the board, DeKalb County already had a 7-0 lead.
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
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