Junior League boys eliminated by one run in Tennessee State tourney
Nick Jeffers of Morristown swings in the Junior League boys state tournament held in Portland. Morristown lost in the championship to Lexington, 8-7.
PORTLAND – Trailing 8-7 with the bases loaded in the state championship, the Morristown Junior League boys team had their chance to win in the bottom of the final inning. In the end, the Cinderella run by coach Mike Martin’s team wasn’t meant to be as Lexington held on to capture the one-run victory.
Morristown trailed one point at 5-0 and later 8-3, but clawed their way back with all 7 of their runs in the final three innings.
Layne Atkins and Mason Jones both added RBI doubles in a three-run fifth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Martin, Rand Debord, Drew Cartwright, and Ruston Rigney all picked up RBIs, but Morristown simply couldn’t push one-more run across.
Cade Davis tossed five innings on the mound for Morristown, with Nick Jeffers and Rigney closing out the game in relief.
After losing in the first round to Gallatin, Morristown battled the entire way in the losers bracket before reaching the championship game.
Coach Martin says he is extremely proud of his team.
“We had a shot, but it just didn’t happen,” said Martin. “I can’t express how proud I am of this team. Losing early in the state tournament then making our way back to the championship is something to be very proud of. The entire tournament our pitching, defense, and hitting never let us down. We did our best this summer and we all had tons of fun. This tournament and these kids are something I will never forget.”
-From Staff Reports