Dominating 14-0 in the District 8 Title Game on Tuesday against Spring Hill on Tuesday, the Tullahoma 8U Coach Pitch All-Stars became the second local Little League team to earn a berth into the state tournament.
The Tennessee Coach Pitch Tournament will open on July 15 in Clarksville. Tullahoma will get the coach pitch tournament started on July 15, facing Lebanon at 2 p.m.
On Monday, the Tullahoma 11U All-Stars were the first Tullahoma Little Leaguers to earn a spot in their state tournament. The Wildcats defeated Columbia 9-3, earning a spot into the Tennessee 9- through 11-year-old Tournament, which will take place on July 14 in Greeneville.
During its district tournament run, the Tullahoma 8U All-Stars played stellar defense, allowing a total of two runs across three games. The Wildcats opened the tournament with a narrow 2-1 victory over Estill Springs on June 30, before adding a 7-1 victory over Columbia on July 1.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning against Columbia, Tullahoma responded with seven-straight runs to earn the victory. The Wildcats plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning and four more in the second inning, including a solo home run by Malachi Burks. The locals then added one more run in the fifth inning to clinch the victory.
In the district championship game on Tuesday, the Tullahoma dominated from the very start going on to capture the 14-0 run-rule victory. The Wildcats put up five runs in the first inning, followed that with four more in the second, before adding five more runs in the bottom of the third.
After Spring Hill was retired in order in the top of the first inning, Tullahoma had two of its first three batters reach base on singles. Trae King reached base on a single to start the bottom of the first, before Connor Parker added a hit of his own.
Trae plated the first run of the night for Tullahoma after Price Harden grounded into a fielder’s choice. Tristin King followed with a single of his own, as Parker advanced to third base. Avery Gordon knocked in Parker with a single to left field, putting the Wildcats up 2-0.
Burks added a double in the next at-bat, which scored Tristin and moved Gordon to third base. Both Gordon and Burks scored after Brody McShea reached base on an infield single, making the score 5-0.
Spring Hill had a runner reach base in the top of the second inning, but that was all the damage they could do as Tullahoma added to its lead with four more runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Landon Ennis led off the bottom of the second with a double to left field, before scoring when Javian Sheffield reached on an infield single. Lizzy Sharpton added a one-out single, before Trae lined a single into right field, scoring Sheffield, making it a 7-0 contest. Sharpton was out trying to reach third base on the same play.
Blake Melton added a hit of his own into right field, scoring Trae to make it an 8-0 ballgame. Parker added a base hit, but it was Harden who reached base on an error that allowed Melton to score the final run of the inning, upping the score to 9-0.
Spring Hill again had a runner reach base in the top of the third inning. However, that runner was stranded on first as Tullahoma put the game away with five more runs in the bottom of the third.
Gordon ripped a double into left field to start the third inning for Tullahoma. Burks then singled into center field, allowing Gordon to score and making it a 10-0 contest.
Melton plated Gordon in the next at-bat after hitting a double into left field. Ennis followed with a line drive infield single that scored Melton, giving the Wildcats a 12-0 advantage.
Sheffield and Gabriel Delaughter added a pair of singles, loading the bases. Sharpton plated Ennis and Sheffield with a base hit into right field, making the score 14-0.
Spring Hill again had a runner reach base in the top of the fourth, but again, that runner was stranded at first base as Tullahoma captured the run-rule victory.
Tullahoma 10U All-Stars
The Tullahoma 10U All-Stars saw their hopes of a district tournament win fall short after losing to Columbia in the district title game on Tuesday.
The Wildcats opened the tournament by falling to Spring Hill 14-9 on June 27. Tullahoma responded with back-to-back wins, first garnering an 18-9 over Estill Springs on July 1 and following with a 9-8 win over Estill Springs on Monday.
In a back-and-forth game on Tuesday night, Columbia upended the Wildcats 13-12 to garner the district championship.