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Harriman, Rockwood struggle in “O” Zone opening round

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

After three straight days of rainouts, the Dixie Youth District 8 “O” Zone Tournament finally started Monday evening in Spring City.

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For the Harriman All-Stars and Rockwood All-Stars, however, they might have liked another day of rain, as both suffered first round losses.
Harriman’s loss came against a tough Greenback squad by an 11-3 final, while Rockwood took one on the chin against an equally as tough squad from Tellico Plains by a final of 11-2.
With the losses, Harriman and Rockwood squared off Tuesday evening in an elimination game for both teams. The winner of Tuesday’s contest will play again on Wednesday against Spring City or Madisonville.
The top two finishers in this week’s tournament will advance to the Dixie Youth “O” Zone State Tournament that starts next Thursday in Dyersburg.
Harriman vs. Greenback
The Blue Devils gave the Cherokees all they wanted early on, but Greenback would score seven runs in their final two at bats to pull away for the eight-run victory.
Greenback scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but Harriman threatened in the bottom of the frame. A pitch hit Jerelijah Martin with one out. He made his way to third before being stranded to end the inning.
Harriman got on the board with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Shawn Freels walked and scored on a single from Spencer Moore to make the score 1-0.
The score remained 2-1 until Greenback scored two runs in the fourth inning, four in the fifth, and three in the sixth to make the score 11-1.
Harriman did score two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Isaiah Hackworth walked and Jack Simpson singled to start the inning. Both scored on a two-out single from Brandon Turpin.
Defensively, Harriman turned two double plays. One was unassisted from Turpin on a line drive to short, and the other was a 5-3 double play on a grounder to Simpson at third.
Rockwood vs. Tellico Plains
Rockwood fell behind early and could never recover against the Bears.
Tellico Plains opened the game with four runs in the first inning and they added another run in the third inning to make the score 5-0.
Rockwood didn’t pick up a hit on the evening, but they did take advantage of four walks in the fourth inning to pull within 5-2. Carson Evans, Nate Long, Josh White and Matthew Slowik drew the walks in succession with Evans and Long coming around to score.
Eli Barker also drew a walk for Rockwood in the fifth inning, but he was left on base.
Tellico Plains ended the game early by scoring six runs in their half of the fifth inning.