Young all stars left out of state 9-10 finals
The bitter taste of victory was rumbling around the Jefferson County Little League 9-10 All Star team after it rebounded from an intial loss at the state tournament to go 2-1 in pool play.
Despite beating a powerhouse Murrayhill team and Rose City in their final two pool play games, it appeared Jefferson County was going to be eliminated, noted manager Bob Gill.
"They said Reynolds and Murrayhill go to the championship round but we're protesting, to Williamsport (Little League national headquarters in Pennsylvania), based on some of the talking and information that was being given to Reynolds," said Gill.
That protest was still unanswered as of late Monday, but Gill was not optimistic.
Gill said that with members of the Jefferson County group watching -- some parents and fans of Reynolds came to the team dugout in the middle of the last game of pool play, between Murrayhill and Reynolds, to tell Reynolds it needed to not score in order to move on.
Despite a three-hit game from Spencer Ellsbury at the plate plus three strike outs by Turner Gill while pitching one inning, Jefferson County couldn't recover from the hits and runs Reynolds had early in the Friday game between those teams. Reynolds won 9-3 in both its and Jefferson County's first game of the tourney.
Murrayhill beat Rose City in the other Friday game in the pool. That left Jefferson County and Rose City both needing to win Saturday just to survive.
A loss to Reynolds sunk Rose City's hopes. Being a spoiler to Jefferson County's attempt to work its way back into the finals picture was Rose City's lone role on Sunday.
Jefferson County stopped any such Rose City plans. Turner Gill doubled three times, Tyler Ellsbury added three hits and two hits were added by Jermiah Calvin and James Spino in that 13-6 win over Rose City by the Jefferson County 9-10 All Stars. It left J.C. 2-1 in the pool and needing a Murrayhill win over Reynolds in order to stay alive. The win came, but by too big a margin. When Murrayhill posted a 19-0 win in the finals, a tiebreaker fell to Reynolds favor, despite it losing its last game of the pool play against Murrayhill. Giving up the least runs was listed as a tie breaker. Head-to-head results were shown second. Manager Bob Gill said it was confusing.