From Staff Reports
Three Unicoi County Little League were recently eliminated from the region’s tournament play.
6-8 Year-Old Softball All-Stars
The 6-8 year-old Unicoi County Little League softball all-star team opened tournament play on June 11 with a 10-2 loss to Jonesborough, according to manager Ruth Jackson.
The following day, the team found itself losing to Bristol by four runs going into the sixth inning. Jackson said her team reclaimed the lead thanks to an inside-the-park home run by Nevaeh Hoffman and multiple hits from her teammates. Unicoi County held an 8-7 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, unfortunately, Bristol added two more runs to win the game 9-8.
The loss eliminated the team from tournament play.
“It was a heartbreaker,” Jackson said. “We were definitely the underdog. We had a young team and no travel ball players.”
8-10 Year-Old Baseball All-Stars
The 8-10 year-old Unicoi County Little League baseball all-stars were eliminated from tournament play by two losses last week.
Playing at Bluff City, the team lost to Jonesborough 17-7 on June 24 and 12-4 to Johnson City Major the following day.
10-12 Year-Old Softball All-Stars
The 10-12 year-old Unicoi County Little League softball all-star team opened tournament play on June 15 at Daniel Boone Little League with a 20-6 victory over Johnson County, according to manager Aaron Banner.
The team suffered its first loss later that day against Daniel Boone by the score of 15-0.
Next, the team faced Johnson County again – and won again – this time on June 16 by the score of 19-5. The victory set up another game with Daniel Boone. Unfortunately, the second matchup went the same as the first with Daniel Boone defeating Unicoi County 27-0. The loss eliminated the team from the tournament.
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The 8-10 year-old softball all-star team recently won the District 5 championship.
Coach Terry Higgins previously told The Erwin Record that the team lost 13-12 in the bottom of the sixth inning to Daniel Boone.
“We had to play them again on Sunday, June 16,” Higgins said. “We beat them 11-2, which led to the if-necessary game and we won it, 11-1.”
The victories clinched the district title for the team and sent them to the state tournament, which is scheduled to begin on July 6.
The team, which is made up of players Kaley Toney, Noly Cooper, Kinley Carver, Kyndal Engle, Chloe Connor, Reagan Carroll, Emma Hummer, Annabelle Eanes, Carly Baxter, Carmindy Williams, Kianna Woodward and Aaliyah Engle. In addition to Higgins, the team is also coached by Aaron Toney and Daniel Engle.
Information about the remaining Unicoi County Little League all-star teams will appear in upcoming issues of The Erwin Record.