The DeKalb County 11 & 12 year old Little League All-Stars kept their State Championship hopes alive, Monday night, as they edged St. Bethlehem in an elimination game, 6-5 in seven innings. The win advances the local All-Star team to a Tuesday night game with either Tullahoma or Morristown.
DeKalb County had to rally from a three-run deficit to keep their tournament hopes alive, Monday, as St. Bethlehem, which is a team out of Clarksville, opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and had a 5-2 advantage through three innings. Braxton Howell scored DeKalb's first run in the top of the second, as he doubled and later came around on a wild pitch. Steven Page hit a solo home run in the third to give the local team a 2-1 lead, but St. Bethlehem scored four runs in the bottom of the inning, fueled by Anthony Longstreet's three-run home run.
Devin Summers tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, as he smacked a three-run homer to make it a 5-5 game. The score stayed tied through the remainder of regulation, and DeKalb County struck first in the seventh inning on Jalon Foster's solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. St. Bethlehem put runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh, when Longstreet hit a ground ball to DeKalb's Cody Harrell at second base. Harrell tagged advancing runner, Bobby Williams, and looked to throw to first. On the tag, Williams shoved Harrell in an attempt to break up the double play. The field umpire called runner interference, which ruled the runner out at first and ended the game.
Howell started the game on the mound for DeKalb, and worked three and one-third innings. He gave up five runs on four hits and struck out ten. Summers finished up the final three and two-thirds innings, and allowed no runs or hits, while striking out two batters.
At the plate for DeKalb County, Page, Summers and Foster each had a home run; Page added two singles, while Howell had a single and a double.
In the tournament thus far, DeKalb County lost to Morristown in the opener, 3-1 in seven innings on Saturday, but came back to beat Donelson on Sunday, 14-11, in an elimination game. Tuesday night's game will get underway at 8:00 p.m. in Pulaski. WJLE plans live broadcast coverage.