In the Dixie Youth Regional T-Ball Tournament, that scenario happened when the Cleveland National All-Stars and the Cleveland American All-Stars hooked up for the championship Sunday in Greenville. When the game was over, Cleveland National ended up defeating Cleveland American 31-24 to take the top spot.
The game was a back and forth struggle as both teams each held the lead at different points in the game.
With the score tied 24-24, Cleveland National surged ahead and ended up having a big seven-run inning late in the game to pull away with the victory. Cleveland ended up going a perfect 3-0 in the tournament, while Cleveland National went 2-2 in the tournament with both of Cleveland American’s losses coming against Cleveland National. Cleveland National defeated Cleveland American 29-21 the first time they played each other.
Cleveland National also defeated Clarksdale 21-7, while Cleveland American defeated Washington County and Clarksdale by 10 or more runs each.
“Even though Cleveland National won the game, the city of Cleveland was the overall winner,” Cleveland National head coach Spencer Holman said. “The kids were very competitive, and it was a great learning experience. These kids played hard on both sides.”
Cleveland American head coach Hugh Biles echoed Holman’s sentiments about the title game.
“We were glad to have an all Cleveland final,” Biles said. “It shows the quality of program and our athletes. I couldn’t have asked for more from our kids. They gave me everything I could ask for and more.”
The Cleveland National team consists of: Reed Holman, Tinnin Potts, Ben Marchetta, Zack Washington, Levi Jones, Hudson Williams, Ben Bell, Jordan Whitehead, Bo Linkous, James Forbes, Rimmer Jennings and Caleb Perry. The coaches were Holman, Brad Washington, Wayne Forbes and Robbie Potts.
The Cleveland American team consists of: Brody Biles, Braden Davis, Britton Cooper, Andre Rich Jr., Janerrick Isler, Christian McKinney, Zechariah Trotter, Manning Hawkins, Joshua Wilson, Darrian Graham II, Ridge Richard and Cordero Walker. The coaches were Hugh Biles, Bobby Biles, Kedar Ballard and Angela Cooper.