WARNER ROBINS - Virginia (SYA East) defeated Tennessee (Spring Hill) 18-1 in four innings in a pool play game at the Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament on Saturday.
Virginia had 18 hits in the victory.
In the top of the first, Virginia took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Daniel Woodruff that scored Matthew Blaise. Virginia loaded the bases with two outs, Carter Bach drew and walk, scoring a run for a 2-0 lead and leaving the bases loaded. Trey House was hit by a pitch, bringing home Christian Leckert for a 3-0 lead. Michael Coritz was also hit by a pitch, and Daniel Lachance scored for a 4-0 lead. Tennessee pulled starting pitcher Zach Harrison and put Drew Guy on the mound, and he induced a ground ball for the third out.
Tennessee got on the board in the bottom of the first when Guy scored from third on a fielder's choice to make it 4-1.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the second, Lachance hit a grounder to the shortstop that was misplayed and Virginia took a 5-1 lead. Bach walked, scoring another run to make it 6-1.
Blaise doubled to lead off the top of the third for Virginia, then came home on Woodruff's single to right for a 7-1 lead. Leckert doubled to put runners on second and third with one out. Sean Culleiton's line drive to center field was misplayed, bringing in two more runs for a 9-1 lead. Lachance singled over the shortstop's head to drive in Culleiton and make it 10-1. Zach Forbes singled and took second to put runners on second and third. Ronnie Orie hit a two-run double down the left-field line to put Virginia up 12-1. Sam Walters hit a pop fly to right field that fell in, scoring another run to make it 13-1.
Woodruff added to Virginia's lead in the top of the fourth with a lead-off home run for a 14-1 lead. Leckert singled to left field, and Culleiton singled to right field. Forbes hit a line drive off the third baseman's glove to bring in two more runs and make it 16-1. Orie doubled to right field to score Forbes and make it 17-1. Walters lined out to first base for the second out. Blaise doubled to left field, scoring Orie for an 18-1 lead.
On Sunday, Virginia (1-0) plays Florida (1-0) at 2:30 p.m. and Tennessee (0-1) plays West Virginia (0-1) at 5 p.m.
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