WINCHESTER, Tenn. — It wasn’t the ending the Lynchburg Little League All-Star team had hoped for, but it was an outstanding tournament run nonetheless.
The Lynchburg Little League 9-10s won three straight games before falling to Tullahoma in the winner’s bracket finals of the District 8 Tournament in Winchester on Thursday night. After a one day break, the team lost its second straight game, falling to Spring Hill in the consolation bracket.
The loss eliminated Lynchburg, leaving the team with a 3-2 record in the tournament and a third-place finish out of the nine teams, which included eventual champion Tullahoma, along with Estill Springs, Winchester, Huntland, two teams from Columbia and two from Spring Hill.
Despite the 15-6 loss on Saturday, Lynchburg manager/coach Rick Farrar was pleased with the all-star team’s overall results and the progress the players — including the league champion Angels — have shown.
“We started in coach pitch three years ago, won one (game) and lost two. (We) played 9-10 last year and went 0-2,” said Farrar. “We worked really hard in the fall and went 3-3 in Tullahoma Fall Ball. We kept working and came out this year and won the Dogwood Tournament.
“The (Angels) won the (league’s) round robin tournament and won the league. You bet I’m very proud of them. Twenty years coaching and (they are) some of the hardest working kids I’ve been around and also some pretty good parents who want to see their kids get better.”
Facing Spring Hill-10 in an elimination game on Saturday morning, Lynchburg fell behind 3-1 in the first inning but rallied back thanks to a four-run third inning. But after holding Spring Hill scoreless in the second and third innings, Spring Hill sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and added five runs to build an 8-5 lead.
Unable to generate any offense in the fourth or fifth innings, Lynchburg couldn’t catch up. They then watched as Spring Hill batted around again in the sixth inning, sending 13 batters to the box, while plating seven more runs.
Lynchburg added a lone run in the sixth and couldn’t stave off elimination.
The loss by Lynchburg’s 9-10s officially wrapped up the Little League season. Lynchburg didn’t field an 11- 12-year all-star team this year due to lack of participation.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (email@example.com)
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