Little League teams win, advance
by Staff Reports
A 16-6 victory over Ashe on Saturday gave Watauga that chance. The game was ended in the fourth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Watauga plays at Avery at 2 p.m. Saturday looking to avenge an 11-1 loss to Avery on June 27 at Watauga High. Avery jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning in that game and did not look back.
The rematch will be played at Hodge Turbyfill Baseball Complex in Newland.
Watauga went into the fourth inning tied 6-6 with Ashe County, but scored 10 runs in the fourth to cruise to the victory. Watauga got a three-run triple from Taylor Lipford and a three-run triple from Alley Jones in the fourth.
Ashley Main also drove in a run with a single in the inning. Jada Wilson preserved the victory by striking out the side after walking the first batter she faced in the fourth.
The winner of Watauga's game at Avery takes on powerful Wilkes County, which has outscored its two District 7 opponents 37-1. Wilkes opened the tournament with a 21-1 victory over Ashe and beat Avery 16-0 on June 29.
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Watauga's 11-12 Little League all-star team needed three more innings than usual to win its first District 7 tournament game.
Watauga outlasted East Catawba 15-7 in nine innings. The game was tied 6-6 going into the extra innings, but Watauga rallied for nine runs in the ninth inning to claim the victory.
Sam Crabbe, Sterling Sauls, Lane Greene and Holden Hartzog all had three hits for Watauga, which plays Saturday. The opponent and site have not been determined.
Watauga took a 3-0 lead after two innings, but East Catawba scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning, with help of three Watauga errors.
East Catawba added a run in the fourth inning to take a 6-3 lead. Watauga tied the game with three runs in the fifth inning after collecting four hits in the inning.
Watauga starter Lane Greene struck out five and walked just one in the three innings he pitched.
Anderson Castle pitched the next 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked just one.
Castle reached his pitch count with two outs in the ninth inning. Brock Hollars recorded the final out of the inning in relief.