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Harriman’s dreams of reaching the Dixie Youth AA State Tournament ended Tuesday evening, as the Blue Devils dropped a 12-8 decision to Sweetwater in the District 8 AA Tournament at Greenback.
With the loss, Harriman finished third in the round robin tournament with the top two teams, Sweetwater and tournament champion Tellico Plains, advancing to next week’s state tournament.
Harriman finished the tourney with a 2-2 record. They opened play last Friday with a 13-11 loss to Tellico Plains. On Saturday, Harriman defeated Greenback, 17-7, and Campbell County, 15-1.
Harriman fought hard on Friday night, but came up short against Tellico Plains by a 13-11 margin.
Tellico Plains opened up the first inning with a 6-0 surge.
Harriman battled back in the top of inning number two with Trenton Wright and Cooper Qualls making it home to get within 6-2.
Harriman briefly took the lead in the top of the third when Carter Smith, Nick Pelfrey, Camayan Campbell, John Jones and Trenton Wright all made it home, but Tellico Plains quickly retook the lead in the bottom of the third with five more runs to take the 11-7 lead.
Harriman tied it up at 11-11 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Addison Oliver, Jayden Dryman, Smith and Pelfrey all made it home.
Tellico Plains, however, got two runs in the bottom of the inning and held on for the 13-11 win.
Harriman would rebound nicely on Saturday with a 17-7 win over the Greenback All-Stars.
Oliver was the only batter to make it home in the first for Harriman while Greenback scored two runs to make the score 2-1.
Harriman scored seven runs in the second inning when Campbell, Xavier Hickman, Qualls, Wyatt Garrett, Aaron Dunlap, Oliver and Dryman all scored. Greenback pushed in four runs to make the score 8-6 in favor of Harriman.
Harriman got two runners home in the third John Jones and Campbell got home, making the score 10-6.
In the fourth inning, the offensive dam burst as Harriman was manufacturing runs like the new Volkswagen plant manufactures car parts with seven runs as Garrett, T.J. Hacker, Dunlap, Smith, Pelfrey, Jones and Campbell all made it home.
Greenback only pushed home one run as Harriman picked up the 17-7 win.
The Blue Devils got the Saturday sweep with a 15-1 win over the Campbell County All-Stars.
Harriman scored six runs in the top of the first when Oliver, Dryman, Pelfrey, Campbell, Jones, and Trenton Wright made it home.
Campbell County got within 6-1 in the second inning, but from there it was all Harriman as Smith, Pelfrey and Campbell all made it home in the third then Hacker, Dunlap, Oliver, Dryman, Smith and Pelfrey all came home to make the 15-1 final score.
Harriman fell one game short of their state tournament bid after a 12-8 loss to Sweetwater.
Both teams scored twice in the first inning with Smith and Pelfrey crossing the plate for Harriman.
Sweetwater pushed the lead to 4-2 in the second inning then Harriman got within 4-3 in the third when Oliver came home.
One bad inning then hurt the Blue Devils, as Sweetwater responded with seven runs to take the 11-3 advantage.
Neither team scored in inning number four, but Harriman scored three runs in the fifth when Dunlap, Oliver and Dryman made it home.
Sweetwater scored one run in the bottom of the inning to go into the sixth leading 12-6.
Harriman scored two runs in the top of the sixth when Jones and Campbell came home, but Harriman drew no closer, falling by a 12-8 margin.