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Harriman heading to “O” Zone state tourney

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By Goose Lindsay

 The seed has yet to be determined, but the Harriman Blue Devils are heading to the Dixie Youth “O” Zone State Tournament in Sweetwater following a pair of wins in the Dixie Youth District 8 “O” Zone Tournament being played in Greenback.

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Harriman opened the tournament with a 19-4 victory over Campbell County on Saturday, and they followed that with a 12-1 victory over Rockwood on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Harriman tasted defeat for the first time as Greenback knocked off the Blue Devils, 7-4.

Entering play on Thursday, Harriman was assured of one of District 8’s three bids to the state tournament. Harriman played Madisonville with the loser finishing in third place. The winner was set to play Greenback in a winner-take-all title game.

Rockwood was eliminated on Wednesday following a 22-0 defeat at the hands of Madisonville. 

Harriman 19 

Campbell County 4

Brandon Turpin did his Reggie Jackson impersonation Saturday afternoon as the Harriman slugger slammed three home runs in leading the Blue Devils to a 19-4 victory over Campbell County.

While the 15-run margin of victory is impressive, the Cougars played well early on and led 4-3 after three innings of play.

Harriman scored the game’s first two runs with a two-out rally in the top of the first inning,

Ethan Adkisson walked and scored the first run on a single from Turpin. Seth Cook followed with an RBI single that made the score 2-0.

By the time the third inning came around, Harriman trailed 4-2, but the Blue Devils got a run from Noah Dickerson to pull within one. Dickerson tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch.

Harriman finally started to heat up in the fourth inning.

Turpin led off the inning with a homer and that set the stage for a three-run rally that gave the Blue Devils a 6-4 lead.

Cook, Johnny Cheers, Keaton Hall, Wyatt Hamby and Dickerson also reached safely for Harriman in the fourth.

Harriman plated four more run in the fifth inning to make the score 10-4.

Jack Simpson doubled to start the inning and he trotted home when Turpin hit his second home run of the game.

Cheers and Hall scored later in the inning.

Harriman blew the game open with a nine-run sixth inning.

A three-run homer from Hall and a solo shot from Turpin were the big hits of the inning.

Dickerson (4-5, 2 2Bs, 3B, 1 RBI, 2 runs), Simpson (2-5, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 runs), Turpin (5-5, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 runs), Cook (4-5, 2 2Bs, 1 RBI, 2 runs) and Cheers (3-4, 2 2Bs, 1 RBI, 2 runs) had multiple hits for Harriman in the win.

Simpson (3.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 BB, 6 Ks) picked up the win on the mound.

Harriman 12 

Rockwood 1

Rockwood scored first Tuesday evening, but that was about all the good news for the Tigers as Harriman rolled to a 12-1 victory.

Daniel Fine and Eric Jones each had singles in the top of the first inning for Rockwood. Fine scored the run.

Rockwood had just one hit after the first inning as Jeremy Easter had a single in the second.

Dalton Moss and Tae Worthy drew walks for the Tigers.

Harriman tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning. Dickerson tripled and scored the run on a wild pitch.

Harriman scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Cook, Cheers, Bryson Willis, Wyatt Hamby and Marcus Nelson all reached safely in the frame as the Blue Devils took a 5-1 lead.

Harriman scored its final seven runs in the third inning.

Dickerson, Adkisson, Turpin, Cook, Tanner Moore, Cheers and Hall all had hits for Harriman in the big third inning.

Dickerson (3-3, 3B, 2 runs) and Cook (2-2, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) had multiple hits for Harriman.

Greenback 7 

Harriman 4

Harriman had more hits than Greenback on the day, but the Cherokees took advantage of five walks and four errors in picking up a 7-4 victory.

Greenback scored first Wednesday, taking advantage of two walks, one hit and one error to score two runs in the top of the first inning.

Harriman starter, Brandon Turpin settled down nicely after the first inning and struck out the side in order in the second and third innings.

Harriman’s offense, however, mustered just one hit in the first three innings, a single from Dickerson in the bottom of the first.

Cook (error) and Cheers (walk) reached safely in the second inning, but a line drive double play allowed the Cherokees to escape the jam with no runs scored.

Greenback added to its lead with three runs on three hits, two walks and an error in the fourth inning, and then the Cherokees added another unearned run in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 6-0.

That’s when Harriman’s offense started making some noise.

Turpin got things going with a leadoff single and he was joined on the bases when Cheers walked with two outs. Back-to-back doubles by Hall and Hamby followed by a single from Dickerson pulled Harriman to within 6-4 entering the final inning.

Harriman’s momentum didn’t last as Greenback scored a run in the top of the inning before retiring the side in order in the bottom of the frame.

Dickerson (3-3, 1 RBI, 1 run) led Harriman’s offense on the day.

Turpin (CG, 5 hits, 5 BBs, 13 Ks) pitched well in defeat.