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Little League all-star action continues

By Keeli Parkey

Avery Hatcher slides into home plate during the Unicoi County 6-8 year-old all-star baseball team’s victory on Sunday, July 2. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Keeli Parkey)

Some of Unicoi County Little League’s all-star teams participated in postseason play last week. Two teams were eliminated from their respective tournaments while another team won its first game.

After opening their District 5 tournament in Erwin with a victory over Bristol on Sunday, June 25, the 6-8 year-old softball all-stars fell to Boone – the eventual tournament champion – the following day.

The Lady Devils next faced Bristol in the losers’ bracket. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t pull out a win, losing a close 17-16 decision on Thursday, June 27.

Bristol went on to face Boone in the championship round, but lost 15-9. With the victory, Boone advanced to the state tournament.

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The Unicoi County 8-10 year-old baseball all-stars advanced out of zone 2 play to compete in their District 5 tournament.

The Blue Devils opened zone play with an 11-1 loss to JC American on Saturday, June 24, at Daniel Boone Little League in Gray.

The loss sent the team to the losers’ bracket where they faced Boone on Monday, June 26. In a game where it was win or go home, the Blue Devils claimed a decisive 12-2 victory to advance to the District 5 tournament.

In the district, the Blue Devils defeated Johnson City Major on Wednesday, June 28. The next day they faced zone 1 champions Johnson City National. Despite battling hard, the Blue Devils lost a very close 16-14 game. The loss eliminated them from postseason play.

Johnson City National went on to face Johnson City American in the championship round. American won the district title.

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The 6-8 year-old baseball all-stars, coached by Josh Jones, opened zone 1 play on Sunday, July 3, in Erwin.

The Blue Devils found themselves in a 1-1 tie with Johnson City Major before they took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Major then responded, tying the game at 3 in the home half of the inning. Major would later take a 5-3 lead over the Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils later bounced back with a 5-run inning to win the game, 8-5.

The win set up a game against Jonesborough on Monday, July 3, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline for this issue.

With a win, the Blue Devils advanced to the District 5 tournament; a defeat sent them to the losers’ bracket where they will play in a win-or-go-home game on Tuesday, July 4. A loss on July 4 will end the postseason; a win advances them to the district tournament.

The district tournament will be played in Erwin and begin on Wednesday, July 5.

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The 10-12 year-old baseball all-stars, coached by Paul Green, will play in zone 1 of their district tournament beginning July 10 at Daniel Boone. They are scheduled to open zone play on that day at 6 p.m. against Johnson City Major.

With a win, they will play Daniel Boone at 6 p.m. on July 11; a loss will send them to the losers’ bracket where they will play at 8:30 p.m. on July 11.

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Thanks to a District 5 championship, the 10-12 year-old softball all-stars advanced to the state tournament.

The Lady Devils are scheduled to play in the state tournament on Saturday, July 15, against an opponent from District 9. The tournament will be played at the Hardin Park Old Fields in Greeneville.