The Rutherford County Recreation Department crowned its youth baseball and softball champions this past weekend at the various sites around the area.
One of those champions was the Tennessee Rampage in the 7-8 year old coach pitch gold division. The Rampage finished the season undefeated after beating Unionville 22-5 on June 14 in the Rutherford County title game at Rockvale.
“The kids enjoyed it and they came out played hard,” Rampage assistant coach Brent Messick said. “They had a great game, and they never lost sight of what the game is about. They played their hearts out and gave it everything they had and won the county. They deserved it.”
In order to qualify for the finals, all of the teams in Rutherford County had to win their bracket at the different locations around the area. For example, the Rampage came out of the Lascassas bracket. On June 12, the Rampage won two games over the Lascassas Fire to win the bracket. However, it was a great tournament from the all of the teams in the division.
The Rampage opened up the day with dominating 22-3 win over the Fire to advance to the Lascassas championship. The offense was clicking throughout the game. The Rampage batted around in the bottom of the first as they scored eight runs during that at-bat. Meanwhile, the defense held the Fire scoreless during the rest of the game after giving up three runs in the top of the first. The Rampage even turned a double play in the win.
However, they had to wait for the winner of the loser bracket final between the Fire and the Yard Dogs. It was a hard-fought game between the two teams as it went the entire six innings, with the Fire winning 8-6 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.
So, the Lascassas finals was a rematch between the Fire and the Fire had to win twice over the Rampage to win the title. However, it was the Fire’s third game in a row on that day.
After giving up a run in the top of the first, the Rampage offense took control of the game and never looked back to the title. They broke a 4-3 game wide open in the bottom of the third with seven, including two inside-the-park home runs.
Easton Martin drove the ball to the right center field wall, and he rounded the bases for a solo home run. A couple of batters later, Caleb Davenport nailed a pitch down the first base line for a two-run round tripper. After three innings, the Rampage broke it open to take a 11-3 lead.
The game was called because of a time limit in the bottom of the fourth with the Rampage leading 14-3. With the win, the Rampage won the bracket at Lascassas and advanced to the Rutherford County finals a couple of days later when they defeated Unionville 22-5 for the overall title.
“We did not get down on ourselves,” Messick said. “If one kid got down, the other ones needed to pick them up. Not all kids are going to have great games every game. They are kids. If they mess up, we encourage them to get better next time. They shake it off and do better. By having that motto and going with it, the kids just prevailed over it. They are just a great group of kids.”
Other Rutherford County Recreation champions
3 & 4: Unionville
5 & 6: Gold Division- Rockvale Brigade
5 & 6: Silver Division- Eagleville Skeeter
7 & 8: Eagleville Eagles
9 & under softball: Unionville Crushers
12 & under softball: Buchanan
9 &10 baseball: Buchanan