The New Tazewell ages 9-10 softball All Stars battled the Maryville All Stars during the second game of the District 6 All Stars tournament.
During a player pitch contest, the two teams thrilled the crowd early before settling down into what ended up being a marathon. The New Tazewell team struck first and placed two runs on the scoreboard during the first half of the opening inning. Maryville did not stay behind for long as they rallied and placed six runs up during the bottom of the first inning.
The two teams traded scoring runs during the second and third innings with Maryville grabbing the one run advantage at 9-8. New Tazewell placed three runs on the board during the top of the fourth to retake the lead, 11-9.
The New Tazewell advantage increased during the fifth inning to the amount of 17-9. Maryville added two runs during the bottom of the fifth making the scoreboard read 17-11 and giving the Maryville fans hope. The rains fell in this contest too for a few minutes but did not seem to affect the play at all.
The New Tazewell All Stars showed signs of fatigue during the final inning, especially in the circle, but they soldiered on and took the victory by the final score of 18-13 and stayed in the winner’s side of the tournament bracket for Sunday’s games.
The New Tazewell All Stars 10-U team members include Preslee Delph, Madison Ferguson, Tanna Welch, Bailey Poore, Lillie Cox, Ily Bussell, Madison Lynch, Abigail Barnett, Toni Anna Moyers, Emma Myatt, Gabrielle Wagers and Lily Norris.
In other 9-10 action on the day, Bean Station defeated Grainger 25-15.
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