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Harriman comes up short at state tourney

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By The Staff

By GOOSE LINDSAY

Roane Newspapers

Only one team will leave Lookout Mountain happy this week and unfortunately for Harriman fans, the Blue Devils won't be that team as the Harriman Major All-Stars dropped their first two games at the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament.

Harriman opened play Monday against defending state champion Goodlettsville and dropped a 10-0 decision. After a day off on Tuesday, the Blue Devils had their chances against Bolivar, but in the end they couldn't come up with enough hits and dropped a 9-3 decision.

Harriman vs.

Goodlettsville

Goodlettsville showed why they are the defending state champions as they ripped three home runs in the first inning alone to take a 5-0 lead.

Harriman settled down after the first inning, holding Goodlettsville scoreless in the second inning and allowing only one run in the third inning.

The fourth and fifth innings, however, would see Goodlettsville hit a pair of two-run homers to put the finishing touches on their 10-0 victory.

Harriman had just two hits on the day as Hunter Jenkins singled in the second inning while Andrew Chesser singled in the fifth inning.

Harriman vs. Bolivar

The long ball hurt Harriman again early on Wednesday as Bolivar took advantage of a pair of walks and a three-run homer in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Harriman's Gage Gilmore did open the bottom of the first inning with a single, but he was left stranded at the end of the inning.

Both teams would score a single run in the second inning to make the score 4-1.

Harriman's run came via a long ball over the fence in left center field off the bat of Brett Stewart.

Bolivar scored again in the top of the third inning to make the score 5-1, but Harriman dialed long distance again in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull within 5-3.

Andrew Chesser singled with one out in the fourth inning to start the rally then Ronnie Cofer followed with a long bomb to left that pulled Harriman to within two runs.

The fifth inning, however, would prove disastrous for the boys in blue. Bolivar took advantage of one walk, one hit batter, one hit and two Harriman errors to score four runs and make the score 9-3.

Mark Ladd walked in the fifth inning while Chesser walked in the sixth inning for Harriman's final two base runners of the game.

Brandon Presswood pitched the first two innings for Harriman and had four strikeouts while Cofer pitched the final four innings and had 10 strikeouts.