The Tullahoma 12-year-old Little League All-Stars took their first step toward their ultimate goal of making it to Williamsport for the World Series, after capturing the District 8 Title at home on Monday night.
The Wildcats captured its district title with a 5-1 victory over Columbia, after previously dominating in its first two games of the tournament. Tullahoma opened its district title run with an 11-0 victory over Estill Springs on Friday, before following that up with an 8-0 victory over Columbia on Saturday.
With the victory over Columbia on Monday night, Tullahoma assured itself it would be playing in the state tournament, which gets underway in July. As of press time, the bracket for that tournament had yet to be released.
In the win on Monday night, Tullahoma got the scoring started early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Fulmer led off the frame with a single, before Hunter Hogan followed with a one-out base knock of his own.
Joshua Rabassa then lined a double, plating Fulmer, giving Tullahoma a 1-0 edge. Hogan later scored in the inning on an error, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.
Columbia attempted to mount a comeback in the top of the fifth inning, plating a run, cutting its deficit to 2-1. However, Tullahoma plated three more runs in the bottom of the frame, taking a 5-1 lead.
Alex Bobo reached base on a one-out base hit, while Hogan followed by reaching on an error. Both runners scored when Rabassa lined a single, giving Tullahoma a 4-1 advantage.
Sky Richter drove in the final run of the contest, hitting a single and plating Rabassa, making the score 5-1.
After driving in three runs on the night, Rabassa was solid on the mound for the Wildcats, only allowing an unearned run. In six innings pitched, Rabassa allowed just a hit and struck out 16 batters on the night.
Pitching had been strong for Tullahoma during the district tournament, including tossing a no-hitter against Estill Springs in a four-inning 11-0 victory on Friday. During that game, Sam Bobo, Alex Bobo and Trevor Cole all combined to keep Estill Springs hitless.
On Saturday, Hogan and Rabassa combined to allow just one hit in an 8-0 victory over Columbia. Hogan got the start and tossed 4.1 innings for the Wildcats, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out seven batters.
Rabassa threw the final 1.2 innings for Tullahoma, striking out four of the five batters he faced.
TLL 10U to play for district title
With back-to-back wins during its district tournament, the Tullahoma 10-year-old All-Stars team assured itself to be playing for the district title on Thursday night.
Tullahoma opened its district tournament with a 13-3 victory over Columbia on Saturday, before following that with a dominating 8-0 victory on Monday night. The Wildcats will either host Columbia or Estill Springs in the District 8 Title Game on Thursday at 7 p.m. on Waggoner Field 2.
On Monday night, Brodie Howard and Beaux Sanders teamed to keep Estill Springs scoreless in the 8-0 victory. Howard got the start for Tullahoma, allowing just a hit and a walk, while striking out six batters in four innings pitched.
Sanders followed by tossing the final two innings for the Wildcats, allowing just a hit and two walks, while striking out three batters.
Tullahoma quickly jumped on Estill Springs on Monday, plating two runs in each the first and second innings, before piling on four more scores in the third inning. Connor Parker led the Wildcats with three hits in the victory, including driving in three runs. Parke Fulks, JP Damron and White Pless each had an RBI of their own.
In the district tournament opener on Saturday, Fulks and Sanders combined to pitch a gem for Tullahoma. Fulks got the start, tossing 2.2 innings, allowing a pair of runs on a hit and five walks, while striking out three batters.
Sanders threw the final 1.1 innings for the Wildcats, giving up a hit and an unearned run on two walks, while striking out three batters.
Coach Pitch All-Stars finish as runner-up
After defeating Columbia during the first game on Monday night, the Tullahoma Little League Coach Pitch All-Stars couldn’t quite hang on in the second game for the district title.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the top of the third inning. However, Columbia found a way to rally, securing the 8-7 win, capturing the district title.
T-Ball All-Stars eliminated
The Tullahoma T-Ball All-Stars saw their tournament came to an early close on Saturday, dropping their second-straight matchup. The Wildcats lost their opening matchup to Columbia (Red) on Saturday, before following that with a loss to Estill Springs later on in the day.
11U All-Stars eliminated
After winning their first two games of the district tournament, the Tullahoma 11-year-old All-Stars saw their season end with back-to-back losses. Tullahoma fell to Spring Hill 13-7 on Sunday, before being defeated 10-5 on Monday.
The Wildcats had previously won their first two games of the district tournament, leading off with a 6-0 victory over Columbia on Friday. Tullahoma followed that with a 10-0 victory over Winchester on Saturday.