WINCHESTER, Tenn. — Two games into the 2015 District 8 Little League All-Star tournament and the Lynchburg Little League 9-10-year olds are 2-0.
Lynchburg — which opened the tournament with a narrow 7-6 victory over Estill Springs on Sunday afternoon in Winchester — routed Spring Hill-10 on Monday night, winning 11-0 against one of two Spring Hill teams in the tournament.
That advanced Lynchburg into the winners’ bracket semifinals, where, after a day of rest, they were scheduled to play Columbia-9 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Like Spring Hill, Columbia has two teams in the nine-team tournament as well.
Tullahoma and Spring Hill-9 joined Lynchburg and Columbia-9 on the other side of the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament. Unlike Lynchburg, however, those three teams only had to play one game to get into Wednesday’s matchups. By luck of the draw, Lynchburg and Estill Springs had to play a “play-in” game of sorts, putting one extra game of the pitching staffs of those respective teams.
Undeterred, Lynchburg labored through a tight contest against Estill on Sunday, pulling out of a 5-5 deadlock in the fifth inning to win 7-6.
Lynchburg scored two in the first inning, added two in the third and one in the fourth before getting two runs in the sixth to cap the victory.
On Monday, the Lynchburg pitching staff combined to throw a no-hitter against Spring Hill-10. Jacob Baker pitched three scoreless innings and Will Harder tossed one scoreless inning as Lynchburg won 11-0 in four.
After Lynchburg plated three runs in the first inning, Harder kick-started the Lynchburg offense in the second with a three-run home run. Baker and Colton Bateman scored in the inning as well as Lynchburg tacked on five in the second for an 8-0 lead.
Along with Harder, Jonathan Aldridge, Will Penn, Trevor Smith, Baker and Bateman all had hits in the contest.
On Wednesday, Tullahoma is slated to play Spring Hill-9 at 6 p.m., while Lynchburg faces Columbia-9 at 8 p.m.
Estill Springs was to face Colulmbia-10 in an elimination game on Tuesday. That contest was not complete at press time. The winner moves on to face Huntland at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in another losers’ bracket game.
The tournament continues in Winchester on Thursday, with the tournament scheduled to wrap up Saturday. The championship game is slated for noon with an “if necessary” game planned for 3 p.m. Wednesday if needed.
With the wins, Lynchburg is guaranteed two more contests, as they’ll play both Wednesday and Thursday.
7-8 coach pitch tournament
Lynchburg’s 7-8-year-old all-star team was eliminated from the District 8 Tournament last week. Lynchburg fell to Winchester 15-2 in their tournament opener.
Lynchburg was eventually eliminated by Huntland 19-13.
—From Staff Reports