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Southeastern Region baseball: West Virginia defeats Tennessee in eight

WARNER ROBINS - West Virginia (Ripley) defeated Tennessee (Spring Hill) 11-6 in eight innings in a Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament pool play game on Sunday.

Tennessee picked up a run in the bottom of the first when Dralon Jackson scored on a wild pitch. Tennessee made it 2-0 when Drew Guy's grounder to second was misplayed, allowing Austin Dunston to score.

In the top of the fourth inning, West Virginia's Ethan Stepp hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Jonathan Stepp and cut the score to 2-1.

West Virginia's Cody Pittenger evened the score, 2-2, in the top of the fifth with a home run. In the top of the sixth, Ethan Stepp hit an RBI single to give West Virginia a 3-2 lead.

Tennessee evened the score in the bottom of the sixth when Jarrett DeLozier's fly ball to right field with two outs fell in and Zach Harrison scored to make it 3-3.

In the top of the seventh for West Virginia, Christopher Jordan hit a double to the gap in right-center to drive in one run, then scored on a wild pitch moments later to make it 5-3. Jonathan Stepp reached on an error, took third on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-3.

In the bottom of the seventh for Tennessee, Dunston doubled to left field to score Cameron Little and make it 6-4. Zach Harrison then doubled to deep right field, scoring Dunston and Drew Guy to tie the score, 6-6, with one out. Harrison tried to advance to third on a passed ball, but was thrown out for the second out. Griffin Cencer grounded out for the third out.

West Virginia re-took the lead in the top of the eighth when Jacob Fisher score on a passed ball to make it 7-6. With runners on second and third, Jordan doubled to score Fisher and Luke Layhew for a 9-6 lead. Jonathan Stepp's fly ball to right dropped in to score Jordan for a 10-6 lead. Ethan Stepp drove in Jonathan Stepp with a single to left for an 11-6 lead.

The game was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., but the first game of the day ran long and the game instead started around 5:45 p.m.

On Monday, Tennessee (0-2) will play Florida (2-0) at 10 a.m. and West Virginia (1-1) plays Virginia (1-1) at 4 p.m.

For more on this game, come back to Macon.com or pick up Monday's Telegraph.

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