10-U softball All Stars hold on for win

Photos by Allen Earl | Claiborne Progress Tanna Welch gets congratulated after her inside the park home run.

Gabrielle Wagers sends a strike to the plate.

Emma Myatt slides in safely during the final game of the day.

The All Stars celebrated their second tournament win.

After the 7 and 8-year-old All Stars took care of Grainger County the Maryville All Stars defeated Bean Station 21-1.

Then the New Tazewell 9-10 All Stars took the field for the final game of the second day. After winning during the opening day of games, the home standing All Stars didn’t feel like they had to win and that most likely kept the team and coaches loose and ready to play. Emma Myatt got the offense going with a base on balls and was aggressive on the base pads and scored on a throwing error giving New Tazewell a 1-0 lead. Gabrielle Wagers and Madison Lynch also reached base and scored on passed balls and throwing errors to lead 3-0.

Wagers took to the circle for the New Tazewell team and pitched a great game from the start. Wagers struck out the side during the bottom half of the first inning.

The second inning was a defensive one as neither team could plate a run but Wagers was able to get her fourth strikeout of the game.

Lillie Cox, Wagers, Preslee Delph and Tanna Welch combined for four more runs during the top of the third inning highlighted by Welch’s inside the park home run to lead 7-0.

By the bottom of the third inning, Wagers had struck out her sixth batter and was still pitching a shutout. Myatt, Wagers and Cox combined to add another run to their total, 8-0. The score was 9-0 when the fifth inning began. The strikeout count for Wagers was now at nine after striking out the side during the last half of the fourth inning.

Needing to add one run to invoke the run rule New Tazewell had to add one more run and keep the Bean Station team scoreless. Welch reached base with a walk and used throwing errors to find home plate for the much needs tenth run.

It was time once again for Wagers to shine in the circle and she faced only four batters, walking one and striking out three to preserve her 12 strikeout, complete game effort. The final score was 10-0 during the run rule shortened contest. With the win, the New Tazewell All Stars remained in the winners bracket as the tournament progressed.

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