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The first two days of the Dixie Youth District 8 AAA Tournament produced different results for the Harriman Blue Devils as they split their first two games.
Harriman opened play Friday with a tough 11-0 loss against Greenback, but the Devils bounced back Saturday with a 13-8 victory over Sweetwater.
The Blue Devils played Kingston Tuesday and will take on Madisonville Wednesday in the round robin tournament. Harriman must win one of those games to have any chance of advancing to next week’s Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament in Mount Pleasant.
Harriman vs. Greenback
Greenback scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back in picking up an 11-0 victory over Harriman.
Harriman picked up just two hits on the day as Noah Dickerson and Isaiah Hackworth each went 1-2 at the plate.
Jack Simpson also reached safely on a walk for the Blue Devils.
Greenback scored their final runs in the third and fourth innings.
Harriman vs. Sweetwater
The Blue Devils scored eight runs in the final two innings Saturday and that was the difference in picking up a 13-8 victory.
Harriman started strong with three runs in the top of the first inning. Dickerson. Hackworth and Shawn Freels scored the runs while Simpson, Hunter Webb and Quinn Nolan also reached safely in the frame.
Harriman took a 3-2 lead into the third inning, but the score would be tied 5-5 at the end of the inning as Sweetwater outscored the Devils 3-2 in the frame.
Hackworth, Freels and Webb all had hits in the inning for Harriman with Hackworth and Webb scoring runs.
The score remained tied heading into the fifth inning, but Harriman exploded for five runs in the frame as Freels, Webb, Simpson and Dickerson all had doubles in the inning while Brandon Turpin and Nolan added singles.
All but Dickerson scored as Harriman grabbed a 10-5 lead.
The Devils added three runs in the sixth inning as Freels, Webb and Nolan all had hits and scored in the frame. Tanner Moore also had a hit for Harriman in the sixth inning.
Dickerson (2-4, 2 2Bs, 1 run), Freels (3-4, 1 2B, 3 runs), Webb (3-3, 1 2B, 3 runs), Nolan (2-3, 2 runs) and Tanner Moore (2-4) all had multiple hits for Harriman in the victory.
Turpin, Spencer Moore, Jeremiah Martin, Eli Underwood and Dalton Briley also played a role in Harriman’s win.