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By GOOSE LINDSAY
The 2009 Dixie Youth Baseball season came to a close for Roane County teams over the weekend as Harriman and Kingston were both eliminated from the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament being played at Southwest Point.
Harriman's two losses in the double elimination tournament came as the Devils dropped a 9-2 decision at the hands of Perry County on Friday then Harriman suffered a 4-1 setback at the hands of Red Bank on Saturday.
Kingston's first loss came on Saturday with a 10-0 shutout against state power Goodlettsville then the Jackets were eliminated on Sunday with a 10-5 loss at the hands of Perry County.
Friday's contest was close early on, but Perry County dominated the final four innings of play on their way to a seven-run victory.
Perry County took the lead with four runs in the top of the third inning and they made it 6-0 with two more runs in the fourth.
Harriman, however, scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Gage Gilmore, Grant Jenkins and Mark Ladd all had hits in the inning for Harriman as the Blue Devils closed to within 6-2.
Harriman threatened again in the fifth inning when Brandon Stewart and Luke Grizzard both singled, but neither would come around to score.
Perry County put the game away with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Stewart and Jenkins both ended the day with two hits for Harriman.
Like Harriman, Kingston played well early before Goodlettsville took control in the middle innings.
Goodlettsville took the lead with two runs in the top of the first inning, but they didn't score in the second inning and that gave Kingston a chance. Alec Sterling (single) and Rhett Jones (hit by pitch) reached safely to start the bottom of the second inning, but they would be left stranded at the end of the inning.
After that it was all Goodlettsville as the visiting team scored two runs in the third inning and six runs in the fourth to end the game early.
Harriman vs. Red Bank
Harriman had their chances Saturday, but they never got that one big break that could have given them a victory.
Neither team scored in the first two innings, but Harriman did have a good chance in the top of the first inning.
Jenkins (single), T.J. Kirkland (single) and Stewart (hit by pitch) all reached safely in the top of the first to load the bases, but none would score as Red Bank used a pair of strikeouts to help get out of trouble.
Harriman threatened again to score in the top of the third inning as Dylan Mullins singled, but he was eventually thrown out at home on a great play by the Red Bank defense.
Red Bank took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and they scored two more in the fourth to make the score 4-0.
Harriman scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning as Jason Lee (hit by pitch) scored on a double from Justin Moore.
Jenkins also doubled in the sixth inning for Harriman, but was left stranded.
Kingston was eliminated Sunday afternoon, but not before putting up quite a fight.
Perry County took the lead early against Kingston with two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Jackets got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame as Austin Davis singled followed by a two-out double from Sterling.
Neither team scored in the second inning, but Perry County scored two runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth to make the score 7-1.
Kingston, however, put their rally caps on in the bottom of the fourth and came up with four runs of their own to make the score 7-5.
Preston Edmonds got things started with a walk and that was followed by four one-out hits from Tyler Hughes, Sterling, Thomas McGill and Jones to make the score 7-5.
Kingston threatened again in the fifth inning as Brady Davis singled, Dan Woody tripled and Edmonds was hit by a pitch in the inning, but Kingston lost two runners on the base paths as Perry County dodged a big bullet.
Perry County finally put the game away with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.