9/10 All Stars fall in opener
Posted By Sparta Live | June 30, 2011 12:00 am
Sparta Little League’s 9/10 year old live-arm All Star baseball team was the first of the hometown’s five glitter teams to hit the diamond.
The Stars opened pool play Monday night in Carthage against DeKalb County and were defeated 10-4.
Sparta did get off to a fast start in the contest as lead off batter, Macon Girdley, tripled. Girdley came home to score on Drew Young’s ground out giving Sparta the early 1-0 lead.
The Stars would threaten to add to that. Dyson Reece walked and went to third on a single to right field by David Smith. Cameron Beasley coaxed a walk loading the bases. Sparta would leave three stranded when Mason Simmons grounded to shortstop for the fielder’s choice erasing Smith at third and ending the top half of the inning.
Holden Howard got the start on the mound for Sparta and fanned the DeKalb side in the bottom of the first.
Sparta was able to stretch the lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in their half of the second. Michael Howard led off with a double, but was caught trying to steal third. In his second at-bat of the night, Girdley was hit by a pitch with two outs on the board. Young beat out an infield single advancing Girdley to second. Girdley would proceed to steal both third and home scoring his second run of the game and the second for Sparta.
In the process, Young had also stolen second and third. He scored from there on Reese’s RBI single. Holden Howard would walk, but both he and Reese were left stranded. Sparta had, however, taken a 3-0 advantage.
Howard returned to the mound and again retired the side in order with a ground out, fly out and line out.
Sparta put two runners on in the top of the third, but were not able to push any more runs across.
DeKalb County took the lead with five runs in the bottom of the third. With one out on the board, a walk and a hit batsman got the rally started for Smithville. A fielder’s choice with no out being recorded loaded the bases. The next batter doubled driving in two runs. An ensuing single tied the score at three and then DeKalb took the lead when a run scored on the throw. A single put runners at the corners. The runner from third stole home putting DeKalb up 5-3.
Sparta went down in order in the fourth. A couple of walks issued by Drew Young, who had come to the mound for Sparta, put runners on in the bottom of the inning, but he was able to get out of the jam with no runs scoring.
For Sparta in the fifth, Beasley singled, went to second and third on errors. Simmons took a walk, but a pair of outs left both stranded.
DeKalb added five runs in the bottom of the fifth. A single got the inning started. Back to back walks loaded the bases. A passed ball scored the first run of the inning. A double drove in the second run. A fielder’s choice scored another run pushing the lead to 8-3. A double plated the ninth run of the game and then the tenth came home on a passed ball. Girdley came on to replace Young on the mound during the inning.
Sparta could manage just one run in the top of the sixth which was not enough to keep the game going. Young walked, went to second on passed ball and scored on Holden Howard’s single.
Howard, who started on the mound, worked three innings allowing five runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked one. Drew Young worked one inning allowing three runs on one hit. He struck out two and walked four. Girdley allowed two runs on two hits. He struck out one and walked one.
Seven different players had hits for Sparta. Those were Girdley, Young, Reese, Holden Howard, Smith, Beasley and Michael Howard. Young, Reese and Holden Howard each had RBI’s. Girdley, Young and Reese each stole two bases.
The 9/10’s will return to action Thursday in Carthage against Lebanon. They will wrap up pool play Friday against the host team.
Sparta Little League’s other two all star teams start play July 5th. The 10 and under pitching machine team will be playing in Carthage. The 7&8 year old coach’s pitch teams plays in Smithville.