Coach Pitch All-Stars split final two pool play games

By | July 2, 2018 9:36 am

Griffin Adams fields a throw and steps on second base to get the runner before he is able to reach. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

Lucas Phillips jumps up to catch a throw in a game last week. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

Reece Wallace fields a throw at first base in one of the All-Star games last week. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

The Sparta-White County Little League’s Coach Pitch All-Stars split their final two games in pool play at the area tournament played in Carthage.

After dropping their first two games of the tournament to Smith County and Lebanon, Sparta would wrap up the tournament with a 7-1 win over Gallatin, on Friday night.

In Thursday’s matchup against Lebanon, Sparta would fall 7-0. Neither team could get much going in the first inning. However, in the second inning, Gallatin would take a 2-0 lead.

Sparta’s best chance to get on the scoreboard came in the third inning. Clay Brewington would lead off the inning with a single. Riley Howell would then hit into a fielder’s choice giving Lebanon their first out of the inning. Mason Seibers, though, would come up next and hit a one-out single to put runners on first and second. However, Lebanon would work out of the jam with an inning-ending double play.

Lebanon would tack on five more runs in the top of the fifth inning to put the game away.

For Sparta, Briar Walling, Brewington, Seibers, Lane Pryor, and Griffin Adams would all get hits.

On Friday, Sparta would lead off the game scoring two runs in the first inning. Lucas Phillips would lead off the inning by reaching first on an error. Griffin Adams would then follow that up with a one-out single. Reece Wallace would then come up and hit a one-out double. At the end of the inning, Sparta would lead Gallatin 2-0.

In the second inning, Howell would reach on an error with one out to get the inning going. Seibers would follow that up with a single to put two runners one. However, Gallatin would find a way to work out of the inning without giving up a run.

In the third inning, Zaide Brady would lead off the inning with a single, but that was all the damage Sparta could manage that inning.

In the fourth inning, Sparta would have their best inning of the tournament. Sparta would have five runs cross the plate in the inning. Sparta would get the inning going by getting three straight singles from Adams, Wallace, and Kolt Norris. Paul Dylan Bickford would then hit into a fielder’s choice for the first out of the inning. Brewington and Howell would come up next, and both would hit singles. By the time the inning was done, Sparta would hold a commanding 7-0 lead.

Gallatin would score a single run in the fifth to cut Sparta’s lead to 7-1. However, that’s as close as they would get, as Sparta would pick up the win.

With the win, Sparta would finish the tournament with a 1-2 record. The ending of the tournament brings an end to the Sparta Little League All-Star Tournaments.

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