By Carl Holcomb
Tennessee-Goodlettsville rallied from a 3-1 deficit to eliminate West Virginia-Moorefield 5-3 in the Junior League Baseball Southeastern Regional in Fort Myers, Fla. on Sunday morning.
“As far as the game today, we made some mistakes that are uncharacteristic of us. We didn’t hit the ball. We certainly didn’t see pitching that was any better than what we’ve seen in our first 12 games coming through. The heat and playing the hot game yesterday afternoon, then having to turning around and play again this morning may have had some bearing on it or not. We definitely did not have as much zip to us as we’ve had to get to this point. We’re still proud to be state champions of West Virginia and that’s something that can never be taken away from these boys.
I’m proud of the way they competed in their attitudes and work ethic. We come from a town of 2,500 to 3,000 people and we had an 18-hour drive here. We have a long drive home and will have a warm reception by the local folks,” West Virginia manager Kevin Reed stated during the Little League Junior Baseball Southeastern Regional Tournament interview session.
West Virginia’s Kennan Mongold connected for a leadoff single to right field off Tennessee pitcher Lewis.
Mongold stole second base, then Branson See flew out before Isaac Van Meter drew a full-count walk.
West Virginia wasn’t able to score as Tennessee turned a double play as second baseman Sipe collected a grounder by Hayden Baldwin and Van Meter was out advancing to second base as Mongold remained there.