By Corbitt Hollingsworth, Monroe County Advocate & Democrat
SWEETWATER -- The Lebanon Rotary all-star team continued its roll through the Dixie Youth 11-12 year old "O" Zone state tournament by thumping Savannah 12-1 in four innings Monday.
Timely hitting and solid pitching were key for Lebanon as they movde one win away from securing its place in Wednesday’s scheduled title game with the winner advancing to the Dixie Youth World Series in Mississippi.
Lebanon was will play Dyersburg Tuesday night for the chance to clinch that spot.
Lebanon pounded out 12 hits in the game while limiting Savannah to only one. Jordan Roundtree and Caleb Snider combined for a strong outing as the two pitchers struck out nine, with Roundtree collecting six of those. He struck out the side in the two innings he pitched.
Lebanon, playing as the visitors, struck early with back-to-back singles on the game’s first two pitches by Snider and Roundtree. Austin Godwin continued the streak of hits with a ringing double to bring in the game’s first two runs.
Lebanon showed its power with its next two hits as Braxton McFarlin and Dusty Meador sent balls over the right field and center field fence.
Lebanon took a commanding 5-0 lead after one inning.
Lebanon struck again in the third, scoring four runs and extending the lead to 9-0. Jacob Urmanski collected two hits in the inning, including an RBI single on a perfectly placed bunt.
Savannah collected its first hit and only run in the bottom of the third.
With the bases loaded and only one out, Roundtree mishandled a ground ball at short that allowed Savannah to score its lone marker.
However, Lebanon got out of the inning with a strikeout and ground out to third to end the Savannah threat.
Lebanon added three more runs in the top of the fourth. Snider walked to lead off the inning before Godwin and Jacob Williams hit back-to-back ground-rule doubles.
McFarlin drove in another run with a sacrifice to give Lebanon a 12-1 lead, bringing the 10-run mercy rule into effect.
Godwin finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored while Snider and Williams had two hits apiece. Snider scored three runs.