7/8 Coach Pitch All-Stars fall in opener
By Andy Southard | June 28, 2018 10:56 am
The White County-Sparta Little League’s 7/8 Coach Pitch All-Star baseball team took the diamond, on Monday night, in Carthage.
The All-Stars would struggle out of the gate falling to the host team Smith County 18-6.
After falling behind 5-0 in the top of the first inning, Sparta would cut into Smith County’s lead in the bottom of the first inning. Lucas Phillips got things going with a single but would be erased, when Connor Shannon would hit into a fielder’s choice. However, the Warriors would get back-to-back hits from Griffin Adams and Reece Wallace to pick up their first two runs of the game and cut the lead to 5-2. After Smith County picked up their second out of the inning, Kolt Norris would hit a two-out single scoring the third run to cut the lead to 5-3.
Smith County, though would answer in the top of the second inning scoring three more runs to push their lead to 8-3.
Sparta couldn’t get much going in the second. Smith County would get two quick outs to start the inning, but a single by Mason Seibers and Gabe Palmer would reach on an error to give Sparta two runners on with two outs. However, Smith County would find the third out to end the threat before Sparta could cut into the lead.
In the third inning, Smith County would add five more runs to their lead to extend their lead to 13-3. In the bottom half of the inning, Lane Pryor would get a one-out single, but that’s all the damage Sparta could muster.
In the fourth inning, Smith County would add to their lead with five more runs to push the lead to 18-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. Sparta would put together another good inning to cut into the lead. Adams and Wallace would single to put runners on for Sparta with nobody out. Sparta would then get a big hit from Briar Walling, who would double. However, that’s the only hits Sparta could get, and they would fall to Smith County 18-6.
With the loss, Sparta drops to 1-0 in the tournament. Sparta was supposed to return to action, on June 26, against Lebanon, but due to the rain, that game was postponed, until June 27. However, at press time, severe storms were moving through the area, so the status of the game is not yet known.
The Warriors are supposed to wrap up the area tournament on at 6 p.m., June 28, against Gallatin, as long as the weather cooperates. Sparta will have to win their final two games to advance to play District Tournament, on June 29, and Saturday, June 30.