New Tazewell All Stars (NTAS) Senior League baseball team continued its run for the state championship July 12. After losing their first game of the tournament against Putnam in a controversial game where the umpire finished the game with concussion symptoms, the NTAS needed the win to reach the championship game. Standing in their way was a Greeneville team that they had already defeated once.
Due to the game scheduled in front of their game going into extra innings, New Tazewell was in for a long night. The two teams took to the diamond an hour or so after the scheduled time. The game began with the 15-16 year old players of Greeneville walking to the plate first. By the middle of the first inning, New Tazewell was down 4-0 after their pitching had a rough start.
Evan Poore and Ryley Hager reached base and began a rally which included a single by Elijah Beason, an RBI single by Gage Callebs, a passed ball while Austin Cunningham was at the plate which plated a run and his subsequent RBI single. Lucas Manning, Evan Poore and Cedric Brown combined to plate even more runs when they had batted through the lineup after a Ty Stone double the New Tazewell team led 8-4 and seemed to shock the Greeneville group.
Greeneville managed two runs in the second and held NTAS scoreless making the score 8-6 going into the third.
The score remained 8-6 until the bottom of the fourth Beason, Callebs, Noah Buis and Ethan Poore helped plate a run to extend the NTAS lead to 9-6.
Greeneville made a rally in the top of the fifth and scored one run making the score 9-7 and then NTAS needed to respond. A big single by Lucas Roubion that turned into a double blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth and pushed their lead out to 12-7. Both teams would add one more run before the final out was made. In the end, NTAS finished with a 13-8 victory that propelled them into the two game Championship game against the only team that had beaten them, Putnam.
The game was scheduled to begin in the heat of the day at 5:30 p.m. July 13.
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