BLOUNTVILLE, TN — They did it the hard way, but the all local Tennessee District 5 team fought through the loser’s bracket, then beat the defending state champions twice Sunday to win their first Big League state championship.
District 5, made up of players from Sullivan Central, Sullivan East, Sullivan South, David Crockett and Tennessee High, fought to the bitter end Saturday afternoon, losing to Clarksville 1-0 in 8 innings.
They bounced right back, though, winning 5-3 Saturday night to advance to the championship series against that same Clarksville squad.
Sunday, they wasted no time, scoring in the 2nd and 3rd innings before cruising to a 5-2 win behind the pitching of Central’s BJ Murray.
That forced a winner take all finale, and District 5 had just enough, winning 7-6. The boys scored all seven runs on home runs in the final game, getting a grand slam from Sullivan East’s Hunter Stratton, a 2-run home run from South’s Cooper Jackson and a solo shot from Murray.
District 5 now moves on to the Regional Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.