Estill Springs 8-10 team moves to bottom bracket; Winchester 8-10 team eliminated
The Little League All-Star district tournaments for Winchester and Estill Springs continued Monday with the Estill Springs T-ball team finishing second in its division.
The Estill Springs T-ball players engaged in a tough game against Columbia Red at Tullahoma Monday before they lost by a score of 39-38 in seven innings.
Columbia Red jumped out to a lead in the third inning and held a 28-23 advantage going into the bottom of the sixth. The Estill Springs players were able to score the five-run maximum in the final inning to tie the game and send the contest into extra innings.
There is no run limit per inning for T-ball once the game gets past the six innings, and Columbia Red took advantage by scoring 11 runs in the top of the seventh.
Estill Springs responded well by putting 10 runs across and placing the tying run at third base and the winning run at second base with two outs. However, those runners would not score as a line drive would be caught by Columbia’s third baseman for the final out.
The loss established Estill Springs as the runner-up in the T-ball division for the district.
The action on Monday also included the Estill Springs 8-10 team and the Winchester 8-10 team both being in action in their division.
The Estill Springs 8-10 team took on the hosting Tullahoma team and lost by a final margin of 8-0.
The Estill Springs players were limited to just two hits for the contest, and Tullahoma scored all of its runs in the first three innings to hand them their first defeat of the bracket.
Estill Springs did get a good pitching performance out of Cason Tucker in the back half of the contest. Tucker pitched the final three innings and allowed no hits and no runs while striking out three batters.
The Estill Springs 8-10 team will next play Wednesday against either Spring Hill or Columbia Red at Waggoner Memorial Park in Tullahoma. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The members of the Winchester 8-10 team also took a loss on the day as they were eliminated from their bracket after an 11-1 loss to Spring Hill.
Winchester got its lone run of the contest in the top of the first inning when Luke Stephens came through with a two-out RBI double to make it 1-0.
However, Spring Hill tied the game up in the bottom half of the frame before taking the lead permanently in the bottom of the second. A seven-run inning by Spring Hill later in the contest would put the game out of reach as Winchester’s tournament run came to an end.