The DeKalb County 11 & 12 year old All-Stars lost their opening round game of the Little League State Tournament in Pulaski, Saturday, as Morristown dealt the local team a 3-1 loss in seven innings.
The game was a hot pitcher's duel between DeKalb County's Steven Page and Morristown's Weston Gilliam most of the way. Page worked six and one-third innings and allowed one run on two hits, struck out 12 batters and walked one, while Gilliam - who went the distance for Morristown - allowed one DeKalb run on four hits, struck out 17 and walked none.
DeKalb County struck first on a solo home run by Evan Cripps in the bottom of the second inning, which gave the local team a 1-0 lead. Morristown finally answered on an RBI single by Peyton McDaniel in the top of the fifth inning. The duel continued through the six regulation innings and on into the seventh.