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Smith County tops DeKalb 10's & 11's for State berth

July 16, 2008

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.

DeKalb Little League & Jr. League prep for State Tourneys

July 15, 2008

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.

DeKalb 15's & 16's lose District Tournament final

July 15, 2008

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.

DeKalb Machine-Pitch teams split

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
championship tournament.
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

DeKalb 11's & 12's win District title; State Tourney next

July 9, 2008

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.

DeKalb 11's & 12's play for State berth Wednesday

July 9, 2008

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.

11's & 12's to play for District title

July 8, 2008

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.

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