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By BRODY JONES
After not competing in last week’s sub-district tournament, the Harriman A All-Stars finally got their chance to play and the results have been mixed as the Blue Devils have one win in their first three round robin games in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament.
Harriman played two games Saturday. The first was a 17-11 loss to Madisonville, but the second was a 20-11 victory over Spring City.
Harriman’s third game came on Monday and the result was a tough 14-13 extra-inning loss to Sweetwater.
Harriman played again Tuesday against Caryville and the Blue Devils needed a win to keep their state tournament dreams alive.
Harriman vs. Madisonville
In most sports, the best defense is a good offense. In Madisonville’s case, they had a bit more offense than the Harriman Blue Devils on this day, taking a 17-11 win in little league baseball action Saturday morning.
Harriman started the game off with four runs, but Madisonville had five of their own to take the early lead. In the second inning, Harriman got a pair of runs across but Madisonville brought home seven runs to take a 12-6 lead.
Harriman cut the gap to 14-9 following the third inning, but Madisonville had four runs in the fourth inning to take a 16-9 lead. Harriman got a couple runs across late in the game to cut the gap to 16-11, but Madisonville added an insurance run to take a 17-11 win.
Noah Dickerson had three hits with a single and two inside-the-park home runs to lead the Blue Devils.
Brandon Turpin, Fisher Ely, Brady Stubbs, Ethan Adkisson and Julian Bennett each had multiple hits. All of the hits, except for Bennett’s, were inside-the-park home runs. Bennett had a pair of triples.
Also getting hits were Walker Aydelotte with an inside-the-park home run and Zach Burney with a single.
Harriman vs. Spring City
After a set-back to Madisonville early Saturday morning, the Harriman Blue Devils ended their day on a high note with a huge 20-11 win over the Spring City All-Stars.
Harriman set the tone early in the first inning, taking a 4-1 advantage. The next inning saw more runs for the Devils come home with Harriman now holding a 9-1 lead after two innings. Harriman scored four runs in the third inning while Spring City scored six to make the score 13-7 at the end of the third inning.
Spring City cut the gap to 14-9 in the fourth inning, but that was as close as it got with Harriman pulling away in the final inning for the eventual 20-11 victory.
Brandon Turpin led all hitters with four inside-the-park home runs and not far behind him were Noah Dickerson, Tanner Moore and Brady Stubbs. All of Moore and Dickerson’s hits were inside-the-park homers while Stubbs had an inside-the-park home run along with a single and a double.
Also with multiple hits were Keaton Hall, Zach Burney and Walker Aydelotte. Hall and Burney’s hits were home runs while Aydelotte had one of his own and a triple to boot.
Ethan Adkisson, Julian Bennett and Titan Dayton each had inside-the-park home runs.
Harriman vs. Sweetwater
Defeat is a tough pill to swallow and this defeat was especially tough for the Harriman Blue Devils, pushing Sweetwater to extra innings Monday afternoon only to fall by a 14-13 tally.
Harriman started things off early with a sacrifice RBI from Brady Stubbs to make the score 1-0 early on. Sweetwater, though, took a 3-1 lead at the end of the first inning.
Things stayed that way until the Devils took a 4-3 lead in the top of the third thanks to a two-run single from Fisher Ely and an RBI single from Ethan Adkisson. Sweetwater, though, pulled out front with four runs of their own to take a 7-4 lead into the fourth inning.
The Harriman offense though, was awakened in the fourth inning with seven runs crossing the plate.
Brandon Turpin, Noah Dickerson, Tanner Moore, Fisher Ely, Ethan Adkisson and Zach Burney each had RBIs that inning. Sweetwater, however, battled back to cut the lead to 11-10 heading into the fifth inning.
In the top of the fifth, Titan Dayton hit an RBI double to make the score 12-10. Sweetwater though, took the lead with three runs bottom of the fifth inning.
Harriman tied the game on a Tanner Moore RBI double to send the game to extra innings where, despite Harriman’s best efforts, they fell just short, falling 14-13 in the end.
Julian Bennett had five hits with two doubles, leading all Harriman batters. Not far behind was Tanner Moore with four hits, two doubles and two RBIs.
Getting three hits was Brandon Turpin with two doubles and an RBI and Titan Dayton, who had a double and an RBI as well.
Others with multiple hits included Zach Burney, Noah Dickerson, Fisher Ely, Brady Stubbs, Ethan Adkisson and Keaton Hall. Adkisson had two RBIs, Ely had three RBIs, Stubbs had a double and an RBI, Dickerson had an RBI as did Burney.
Joshua Webb also had a base hit for the Devils in the loss.