AAA Blue Devils come up just short of state

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor


The 2014 season ended Monday evening for the Harriman AAA All-Stars as the Blue Devils dropped an 11-2 decision against Tellico Plains in the Dixie Youth District 8 AAA Tournament in Spring City.

Tellico Plains proved especially tough for Harriman in the tourney. The Bears knocked off Harriman in the Friday’s open round as well, 10-0.

In between, Harriman picked up two wins, both coming on Saturday. The first was a 13-12 victory over Spring City, and that was followed by a 10-8 victory over Campbell County.

Tellico Plains 12 

Harriman 0

Harriman’s offense had a rough night on Friday as Cooper Qualls had Harriman’s only hits on the evening. Qualls singled in the first inning and again in the fourth.

Skylar York (walk), Johnny Jones (error) and Gabe Bartlett (hit by pitch) also reached safely for Harriman on the evening.

Harriman 13 

Spring City 12

Harriman’s tournament run appeared to be a short one as Spring City led 12-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Blue Devils exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth before winning the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Harriman sent 16 hitters to the plate in the big fifth inning. Qualls and Nick Pelfrey scored twice each in he inning while Johnny Cannon, Seth Strahan, Matthew Scarbrough, Riley Moore, York and Jones also scored.

Strahan had two hits in the inning, including a triple.

Harriman ended the game quickly in the sixth inning. Jones led off the inning with a single and quickly scored following a bunt from TahDarius Boyd.

Boyd and Cannon scored Harriman’s runs in the first inning.

Boyd (2-3, 1 run), Strahan (2-2, 3B, 1 run) and Jones (3-3, 2B, 2 runs) had multiple hits for Harriman in the win.

Harriman 10 

Campbell County 8

Campbell County had defeated Harriman twice one week early in the sub-district tournament, but Harriman got its revenge Saturday evening when they beat the Cougars in an elimination game, 10-8.

Harriman’s victory was propelled by a fast start. The Blue Devils scored three runs in the first inning and four more in the second in grabbing an early 7-0 lead.

The three-run first inning would see Boyd, Cannon and Pelfrey all crossing the plate with Strahan, Jones and York also reaching safely in the frame.

T.J. Hacker, Boyd, Qualls and Cannon then scored in the second inning with Pelfrey, Strahan and Moore also reaching base.

Campbell County closed to within 7-6 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but Harriman scored three big runs in its half of the frame to help hold off the Cougars.

Scarbrough reached on an error to get things going, but the major damage came with two outs as Qualls and Cannon had back-to-back singles followed by Pelfrey reaching on an error.

Campbell County threatened in the top of the sixth inning. The Cougars scored two runs, but Harriman got out of the jam to extend its season.

Tellico Plains 11 

Harriman 2

With a berth in the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament on the line, Tellico Plains scored runs in all six innings on its way to an 11-2 victory.

Harriman scored its first run in the bottom of the second inning to pull within 3-1. Pelfrey hit a rocket to right-center to open the inning and he scored on a ground ball from Strahan.

Harriman, however, didn’t get another runner on base until the bottom of the sixth inning.

Hunter Hughes singled in the sixth and scored on an error.