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Harriman AA team earns state berth in three-way tiebreaker playoffs

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By The Staff

By BROWNIE ROSE

Roane Newspapers

The Harriman AA All-Stars survived a two-game tiebreaker playoff Wednesday for a place in the Dixie Youth state tournament next week in Jackson.

Harriman took home second place by first eliminating Kingston 13-9 then claiming a 16-8 win over Rockwood.

Madisonville won first place in the District AA tournament after the regular schedule of games were completed Tuesday in Rockwood.

Harriman will play its first game next Thursday in the state tournament.

Kingston vs. Harriman

Kingston's slide to elimination began Monday when they lost a thriller to Madisonville. They were upset by Rockwood Tuesday.

Harriman got into the three-way tie by beating Rockwood and Greenback. Rockwood’s win over Kingston gave them new life in the Wednesday playoff, and the team wasted no time with its second chance, jumping to a 5-4 lead in the first inning with runs from Noah Dickerson, Brady Stubbs, Brandon Turpin and Ethan Adkisson. Titan Dayton scored on a Camden Jenkins groundout.

Nathan McNelley, Trey Schultz, Chandler Worley and Marcus Nelson put up runs for Kingston, with hits from C.J. Davis and Andrew Cofer driving in the last two runs.

Kingston’s third-inning runs by Austin Brackett, Schultz and Worley were answered by Harriman’s Dickerson and Riel White.

Harriman’s Fisher Ely and Johnny Cheers tacked on two runs in the fourth. In the fifth, White, Stubbs, Turpin and Adkisson scored to give Harriman the six-run lead.

Rockwood vs. Harriman

Harriman rolled out to a 9-0 lead after the top third inning and never trailed in the tournament’s final game.

Stubbs, Turpin, Adkisson, Dayton and Jenkins scored for Harriman in the first inning. Harriman added a run in the second when Dickerson singled after two outs. White and Stubbs singled to drive in Dickerson.

Adkisson, Dayton and Ely tacked on three more runs in the third. Dayton doubled for the big hit. Moore had a hit to drive in the third run.

Rockwood finally broke the ice with two runs in the bottom third from A.J. Tilley and Thad Jackson. Rockwood shut out Harriman in the top fourth, scoring three runs from Kyle Carr, Evans and Jay Worthy to cut the lead to 9-5.

Harriman came through in the final two innings with Turpin, Adkisson and Dayton scoring in the fifth. Rockwood stayed close, but runs from Jackson, Harris and Braden Ferrell they wouldn't be enough.

Harriman got four runs in the top sixth from Kylann Love, Dickerson, Stubbs, and Turpin.