Bryce Clifft allowed only two Manchester base runners–Wyatt Day walked and Alex Williams grounded into a fielder’s choice–as Lawrenceburg scored exactly enough runs to invoke the 10-run rule to end the game after five.
Manchester had lost its first game to Giles County in the Eastern Tennessee state tournament, but the all-stars won their next five to earn an opportunity to play winner’s bracket champion Lawrenceburg in the double-elimination tournament. Manchester’s winning streak included victories over Franklin County (5-4), Cookeville (9-6), Marshall County (5-4), Smoky Mountain (9-4) and Lebanon (17-12).
Including two victories over Franklin County in district competition, Manchester’s 2013 all-star 15s compiled a 7-2 record.
Earlier this week Manchester Babe Ruth’s 14-year-old all-stars finished third in their state tournament in Manchester.
In Babe Ruth baseball, the Eastern Tennessee state organization covers the 74 counties east of the western bend of the Tennessee River.