American LL opens with 17-0 rout of Rogersville
Morristown American’s Chris Cox is out at second base during Monday’s District Four tournament game against Rogersville at McAmis-Sempkowski Field in Morristown.
Morristown American erupted for eight runs in the first two innings and five pitchers combined for a no-hitter in a 17-0 victory over Rogersville at McAmis-Sempkowski Field Monday night in the District Four Little League tournament.
Coach Todd Coffey’s squad will face Greeneville tonight at 8 p.m. after Greeneville picked up a 5-1 victory over Morristown National.
Jared Coffey, Tanner Lemka, Nate Britt, Camden Lovin and Kyle Lewis all pitched and did not allow a hit for Morristown American. Elijah Patterson led the team with three hits in the win. Coffey added two doubles, while Lovin and Jackson Cole tripled.
Coffey said he was pleased with how well his team performed in the opening round.
“We play a very crisp and clean game tonight,” said Coffey. “We pitched, fielded, and hit the ball well. You have to be pleased opening the tournament with a strong performance, but we still have plenty of work to do. Greeneville is a sharp team and there will be no room for errors against them.”
In the first inning, Lovin highlighted the frame with a triple, which scored Marshall Smith. Smith had walked to open the game.
Later, Lovin scored on a wild pitch. Also in the inning, Patterson and Lewis cross home plate to build the 4-0 advantage.
In the second inning, Lemka, Smith, Coffey, and Patterson all crossed home plate to build their lead to 8-0. Patterson highlighted the inning with an RBI single to lead the American League.
The American League also forced Rogersville to reach deep into their bullpen. After only two innings, Rogersville was forced to use four different pitchers.
Coffey started the game for Morristown American and pitched the first inning before being pulled due to his pitch count. Morristown American will be able to use all of their pitchers against Greeneville.
In the top of the third, Morristown American added to their lead with another four-run inning.
Cole nailed a triple and later scored on an RBI by Richardson. Richardson pushed the score to 10-0 on a wild pitch. Patterson proceeded to bump the lead to 11-0 on a RBI single. Patterson also scored on an RBI from Lewis to jump ahead 12-0.
In the top of the fourth, the winners scored their final runs of the night as Christian Henry crossed home plate on a wild pitch, while Coffey, Patterson, Lewis and Britt had RBIs.
-By Chris Ayers, Assistant Sports Editor