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Final county all-star teams eliminated

Shortstop Chris Chavez catches the ball as a Jonesborough player steals second base during District 5 tournament action. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Keeli Parkey)

By Keeli Parkey

The postseason has come to an end for all of the Unicoi County Little League all-star teams.

Playing for the first time since they won the District 5 tournament last month, the 10-12 year-old softball all-stars faced Dickson County on Saturday, July 15, in Greeneville in the Tennessee state tournament.

Dickson County got the best of the Lady Devils, earning an 11-0 win and sending Unicoi County’s team to the losers’ bracket.

The Lady Devils bounced back on Sunday with a 14-2 win over Grainger County. The team was then eliminated from the state tournament with a 4-1 loss to Morristown.

Unicoi County finished in third place in the state.

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The 10-12 year-old baseball all-stars saw their postseason come to an end on a walkoff home run.

Facing Jonesborough at Johnson City National in the opening round of the District 5 tournament on Saturday, the Blue Devils found themselves holding a 6-4 lead in the bottom half of the sixth and final inning. Jonesborough brought one run across, cutting the lead to one run, then a three-run home run gave the Washington County team an 8-5 victory.

The loss, which was the Blue Devils’ second of the postseason, eliminated Unicoi County from the tournament.

Jonesborough went on to lose to Johnson City American – the eventual district champion.

The Blue Devils made it to the district after advancing out of zone 1. They opened their postseason on July 10 against Johnson City Major at Daniel Boone Little League in Gray and earned a 13-8 victory to advance in the tournament.

Daniel Boone gave this Unicoi County team its first loss on July 11 and sent the Blue Devils to the losers’ bracket. On July 12, the Blue Devils defeated Johnson City Major again, which set up a rematch with Boone on July 13. In a game where the winner went on to the district and the loser went home, the Blue Devils earned an excited 14-12 victory, which set up the game against Jonesborough on Saturday.