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Big inning rallies Obion County past Spring Hill in opening round of 12-year-old Little League State Tournament
Clarksville, TN – Obion County scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning to post a 9-3 come-from-behind victory over Spring Hill, July 19th at Griff Schmittou, in the opening round of the 2014 12-year old Little League State Tournament.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases with one out on a single by Isaac Darnall, followed by back-to-back base on balls to Blake Wilson and Connor Whaley.An out later, Obion County would catch a break when Phillip Coupe struck out – but reached base when the ball got away from the Spring Hill catcher allowing him to reach first base and Darnall to score from third to tie the game at 3-3.
That opened the flood gates, as B.J. Strain followed with a base on balls to load the bases for a second time in the inning – followed by two-run single by Dustin Dotson to drive in Wilson and Whaley to make it 5-3.
Obion County would also get an RBI single in the inning from Reed Logan, while the other two runs in the inning came via a throwing error by Spring Hill to take a 8-3 lead.
They would take on an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning on an error by Spring Hill for the 9-3 final margin.
Obion County had taken the lead 2-0 back in the top of the third inning, Connor Patterson opening the inning by being hit by a pitch and move to second base on a single by Darnall.
Wilson would walk to load the bases, followed by Whaley forcing in Patterson when he was hit by a pitch.
Darnall would score the other run in the inning on a wild pitch.
Spring Hill would score its three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take its only lead of the game, 3-2.
Jordan West would get the inning started with a one-out single and move to second as Hadyn Wenzicki followed with a base on balls.
Caden Cameron then reached on an error by the Obion County short stop to load the bases with one out.
The go-head run came in on a base hit Jackson Payne, scoring Cameron.
Obion County will advance in the winner’s bracket to face the winner of the Clarksville National-Karns contest on July 21 at 8p.m., while Spring Hill falls into the loser’s bracket and will face Clarksville Northwest on July 20th at 8:00pm.
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
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