By the end of the 5-6 boys T-ball tournament, only two teams were left standing. Tennessee Credit and Security Federal squared off Tuesday night at Jim Mansfield Field for all the marbles. Security Federal proved to be the best as the team won 38-29 to take the title.
In a game postponed four days due to rain, Security Federal trailed early, but battled back to win by run rule.
The boys 5-6 T-ball league played its regular season without keeping score, but everything counted in the tournament. Teams batted until they got three outs or reached the eight-run rule limit. The run limit would come into play in the title game.
Security Federal took a 35-29 lead into the sixth inning and was the first team to bat. Joshua Eckel kick-started the offense with a one-out single, which was followed by singles from Aaron Templeton and Jerren Harris. Eckel came around on Harris’ single, making it 36-29 and putting Security Federal two runs away from victory.
Luke Judkins provided the game-winning hit when he smashed the ball into the outfield, allowing Templeton and Harris time to score. The game was called after Harris scored as Tennessee Credit wouldn’t be able to make up the nine-run deficit in the bottom of the inning.
Security Federal started the game with five runs in the first inning, getting a two-run, inside-the-park home run from Harris and RBI hits from Casen Youngblood and Lukas Bernhardt.
Tennessee Credit responded by plating the maximum amount of runs without getting an out. Tennessee Credit started the game with 10 straight hits, including RBI singles from Tyler “T-Bone” Adams, Taven Black, Tristan Myers, Christian Dunn, Wyatt Reed, Gavin Blocker, Dawson Crouch and John Gillespie.
Trailing 8-5, Security Federal answered back with eight runs of its own. A two-run double by Templeton and RBI singles by Billy Ray Davis and Julius Robertson gave Security Federal the lead back at 13-8.
Adams, Sawyer Stanton, Moore Young and Sam Rivers started the bottom of the second with singles and each came around to score for Tennessee Credit. By the time Myers and Dunn singled and scored, Tennessee Credit had retook the lead at 14-13.
Security Federal took control with another eight-run inning in the third. Big doubles by Templeton and Keynai Bryan, along with an RBI triple by Youngblood, made it 21-14 and the Security Federal defense helped keep the lead.
Tennessee Credit couldn’t keep pace in the bottom of the inning as the team’s offense produced only four runs. Stanton, Young, Rivers, Adams and Black singled and scored, but Security Federal got the third out with the bases loaded to keep its lead at 21-18.
Traetan Byars, who began the Security Federal rally in the third inning, sparked a seven-run surge in the fourth inning with his third single. Lincoln Sain had the big hit of the inning for Security Federal when he cleared the bases with a three-run triple.
Tennessee Credit went into the bottom of the fourth trailing 28-18 and couldn’t cut the lead enough. Adams hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run for the team’s only runs in the fourth inning.
Bernhardt added the final touches to a seven-run fifth inning for Security Federal with a two-run single to push the lead to 35-21.
Tennessee Credit tried a final rally with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a three-run triple by Young, but it wasn’t enough.
Security Federal celebrated victory when Judkins connected on a two-run single to end the game in the sixth inning.
Both teams were given trophies following the game, which took nearly two hours to complete.