The Al White Ford/Lincoln Yankees and the Manchester Scream made it to the championship game of the 17U and 12U divisions respectively of the Tennessee Youth Baseball Association Tournament held this weekend at the Fred Deadman Park. Each team rallied from deficits late in the game only to have a championship slip through their fingers.
In the 17U championship game, 5 unearned runs spelled doom for the Yankees as they fell 9 to 7 to the Wolverines out of LaVergne. The Wolverines scored 3 runs in the 6th inning to break a 6 to 6 tie. The Yankees loaded the bases in the 6th inning but a double play and a pickoff at second shut down the uprising. The Yankees scored 1 run in the bottom of the 7th inning and had the tying runners on base, but could not get the game winning hit. Dalin Bratcher was 2 for 3 while Brody Cooper had a sacrifice, a double and 2 RBI for the Yankees.
In the 12U championship game, the Nashville Storm got a solo home run in the bottom of the 5th inning to edge the Manchester Scream 4 to 3. The Scream scratched across single runs in the first 3 innings to tie the game, after the Storm got 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, but were held scoreless in the final 3 frames. Dylan Koon was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored and Jaylen Morris was 2 for 3 and a run scored for the Scream. the Coffee County Bank Cardinals and the Wild Bunch, both from Manchester, finished tied for third after reaching the semifinals.
In the other championship games, the Aces beat the Stars of Shelbyville in the 6U Coach Pitch division. In the 8U coach pitch division, the Mudcats beat the Bad Boys in the Gold Bracket while the Heavy Hitters dropped the Warriors in the Silver Bracket in a battle of Shelbyville teams. And in the 10U division, the Warriors of Buchanan dropped the Franklin Equine in the Gold Bracket while the Regulators beat the Lewisburg Lightning in the the Silver Bracket.
Despite the rain on Friday night and Saturday and the arrival of Junebugs, the host Manchester Youth Baseball League was pleased with the turnout and the community support. Scores of volunteers helped make the largest baseball tournament in Manchester history a success. Local businesses also chipped in including Erica Colter of Sweet Tea Bakery and Cafe who furnished food for the tournament volunteers on Sunday. The local youth teams will now begin preparations for the TYBA state tournaments coming up on the week-ends of the 10th and 24th of July in Murfreesboro.