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Title in bank for First National
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First National Bank can declare it’s No. 1 after winning the city 7-8 coach pitch tournament Monday night at Hoover Millraney Field. Pictured, from row, from left, are Rawley Gilispie, Aiden van Vuuren, Bentley Lefevers, Wyatt Tanner, and Brody Stockling. Back row, Khysen Glass, Tayshawn Cummings, Alex Kirby, Colton Todd and Easton Dyer. Not pictured is Chandler Thaxton.

First National Bank was like a monster truck during the regular season, rolling over opponents and leaving them flat.

In the boys 7-8 coach pitch tournament Monday night, it was more of the same. First National left more destruction in its wake in winning the tournament championship at Milner Recreation Center.

First National won its two tournament games by a combined score of 30-2. The banker boys cashed in an 18-2 victory over Solomon Consulting in the championship to cap a perfect season where the team didn’t lose a game.

The top of the First National lineup was like a jukebox – nothing but hits. The first five batters scored 14 runs led by Rawley Gilispie, Aiden van Vuuren, Bentley Lefevers and Brody Stockling with 3 runs each.

Scoring twice were Wyatt Tanner, Colton Todd and Khysen Glass.

The potent Solomon Consulting lineup looked a bit sleepy after an emotional 17-16 win in the semifinal game, which was played right before the championship. Solomon didn’t score in the first two innings and finished with 1 run each from Knox Underhill and Aaiden Lyles.

First National cruised to a 12-0 win over Panter Nursery in the first semifinal game Monday night behind suffocating defense.

It was three up, three down for Panter Nursery in its first two bats. The team only sent 15 batters to the plate in the four-inning game.

Meanwhile, First National had its bats paying dividends. The team was up 5-0 after the first and never gave Panter Nursery an opening to mount a comeback.

Rawley Gilispie and Bentley Lefevers once again led the offensive charge by scoring 3 runs each. Wyatt Tanner and Brody Stockling each scored 2 runs.