Pitching machine All Stars come from behind for win

Posted By | July 8, 2011 12:00 am

Taking a swing at it. Grant Slatten takes a swing at a pitch during Tuesday’s game for the 10 and under pitching machine All Stars. Sparta came from behind to defeat Carthage 12-11. They will be back in action Thursday.

Sparta Little League’s 10 and under pitching machine All Star team scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on in the sixth finishing off the narrow 12-11 win over Smith County.
The Sparta squad drew the home team in their opening pool play game on Tuesday in Carthage. The hosts held an 11-5 lead going into the bottom of the fifth leaving Sparta with six outs to make up the difference. They would need only three of those outs as they sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth tallying seven runs.
Cameron Carter led the rally off with a single. Grant Slatten also singled joining him on base. Kade Clark’s one-out triple plated both runners. Clark came home on a single by Drake Williamson. Clayton Gilbert followed with another single and then Joseph Nelson added a double. Hayden Farris and Jacob Sparks also had hits during the rally. In addition to Carter and Slatten scoring, other Sparta players crossing home in the inning were Clark, Williamson, Gilbert, Nelson and Farris.
Holding the 12-11 lead going into the sixth, the Sparta defense rose to the occasion. The lead off batter reached safely, but was doubled off on a nice play by C.J. Nicholson. Cameron Carter then made a diving catch at third for the final out and secured the victory.
Carthage jumped to the early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Sparta responded with two in the bottom of the frame. Matthew Brock and Sparks scored the two runs when they were driven in by a Carter double.
Neither team put any runs on the board in the second innings. Smith County stretched their lead to 4-2 with a run in the third and then held Sparta scoreless in the bottom of the frame.
Their lead moved out to a 8-2 advantage going into the bottom of the fourth, but Sparta answered with three in their half of the stanza. Clark and Jake Edmonds led off with singles. Gilbert also had a one-out single. All three of those would come around to score. That pulled Sparta to within three, 8-5.
Carthage responded with three in the top of the fifth running their lead to 11-5 and set up the fifth inning rally by Sparta.
The Sparta squad will be busy in pool play with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The first two games will be at 6 p.m. followed by Saturday’s 8 p.m. contest.

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