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Winchester eliminates Lynchburg 9-10 all-stars

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

An Estill Springs base runner slides safely home while Lynchburg catcher Jay Prince (left) awaits the ball during their Little League all-star tournament game on Saturday here in Lynchburg. Estill Springs won 12-3. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

An Estill Springs base runner slides safely home while Lynchburg catcher Jay Prince (left) awaits the ball during their Little League all-star tournament game on Saturday here in Lynchburg. Estill Springs won 12-3. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Lynchburg’s 9- 10-year-old Little League All-Star team was bounced from the district tournament on Sunday after suffering its second loss in as many days.

Lynchburg dropped a 12-3 decision to Estill Springs on Saturday afternoon and fell into the loser’s bracket.

Facing Winchester in an elimination game on Sunday afternoon, the Lynchburg all-stars lost 16-3.

Both games were played here in Lynchburg.

Will Harder started on the bump on Saturday and was tagged with the loss, while Hayden Carter got the start on Sunday and suffered the same fate.

Lynchburg managed to keep both games close in the early going. The hosts led both Estill Springs and Winchester before gradually falling behind.

On Saturday, Lynchburg led 2-1 early and chased Estill Springs pitcher Jacob Dixon from the hill. Dixon gave way to Dakota Waggoner, who got plenty of run support, while keeping the Lynchburg hitters off balance.

In both games, Lynchburg failed to take advantage of the base runners who managed to get aboard. Defensively, the local all-stars committed too many errors to move on.

Estill Springs faced Tullahoma on Monday night. After a short rain delay, Tullahoma rallied to claim an 8-5 win and move into Wednesday’s championship game. Estill Springs was slated to play Winchester in an elimination game on Tuesday night. Winchester topped Huntland 17-3 in the loser’s bracket.

• In the Coach Pitch all-star tournament, which is also being played at the Metro Lynchburg Moore County Park, Lynchburg’s all-stars were eliminated from play on Sunday.

Lynchburg won one game on Saturday and advanced to day two, but Huntland won Sunday’s elimination game, ending Lynchburg’s comeback bid. Lynchburg lost its opener to Estill Springs 11-1, but then beat Cowan 12-2. On Sunday, Lynchburg dropped a 14-8 decision to Huntland.

Winchester, meanwhile worked its way through the loser’s bracket and beat Estill Springs 14-8 Monday night to force a second and decisive winner-take-all championship game on Tuesday. Those results were not available at press time,

• Lynchburg’s Tee Ball all-star team was knocked out of postseason play last week.

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