Estill Springs T-ball squad advances to district finals
The Little League All-Star district tournaments for Winchester and Estill Springs resumed Sunday in Tullahoma as the field in each of the five brackets was significantly narrowed down.
Of the five local teams still in competition in their respective divisions, three of them remained alive with one team advancing to its district championship.
The Estill Springs T-ball team survived two elimination games Sunday to advance to the district finals in the T-ball division.
The Estill Springs T-ball players began their day with a 20-9 victory against Spring Hill. Estill Springs jumped out to an early lead in the contest and kept Spring Hill from hitting the five-run maximum in any inning to secure the victory.
The win kept their championship hopes as they advanced to play Columbia Blue in the final game for the bottom bracket.
Estill Springs scored the first 10 runs of the contest to secure the early advantage. Columbia Blue got on the board in the middle innings and cut the lead down to seven runs going into the fifth inning, but Estill Springs added five more runs in the top of the fifth to secure a 20-8 win.
The Estill Springs T-ball team will advance to play Columbia Red in the finals of the T-ball division at Cascade Park Monday. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Estill Springs 8-10 team also had a successful day with an 11-1 victory over the Winchester 8-10 team in a battle between two squads of local players.
Estill Springs scored multiple runs in every inning to pull away and pick up the blowout win after four innings. Isaac Winton, Ethan Cochran and Hunter Davis combined to strike out 10 batters while only allowing one run.
The lone run of the day for Winchester came when Aydan Hodosi scored on a passed ball.
Both teams remained alive in the 8-10 district bracket with their next games scheduled for Monday. The Winchester 8-10 team will play Spring Hill at Waggoner Memorial Park on Monday in an elimination game with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Estill Springs 8-10 team will follow with an 8 p.m. game against Tullahoma on Monday at Waggoner Memorial Park. The winner of that contest will advance to the 8-10 district championship game while the loser will have a second chance to advance in the bottom bracket.
The Winchester 7-8 Coach Pitch players came close to staying alive in their district tournament, but they would ultimately be eliminated after an 11-10 loss to Spring Hill Maroon in extra innings on Sunday.
The game was a very close one throughout with Winchester falling behind late by a margin of 8-7 before tying the contest up in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI double from Odeviyon Poe.
Winchester took the lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by Cooper Knight, but Spring Hill tied up the game again in the bottom of the seventh before getting a walk-off hit in the eighth inning to eliminate Winchester.
The Winchester 9-11 team was also eliminated from its bracket Sunday after a 17-3 loss to Columbia.
The Winchester 9-11 players were able to push across a few runs in the contest on a solo home run hit by Tristin Hill in the first inning and a two-run single notched by Carson Moore in the fourth inning, but they weren’t able to keep pace with Columbia as they took a blowout loss.