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From left, Jeremiah Thurman, Phillip Fitzgerald and Blaine Denton of the Braves stretch during warmups at the Dixie Boys city tournament at Cedar Ridge Middle School on Saturday. The Braves defeated the Phillies 11-5. Denton was the winning pitcher and Thurman added a single in the win.
Daily photos by Emily Saunders
From left, Jeremiah Thurman, Phillip Fitzgerald and Blaine Denton of the Braves stretch during warmups at the Dixie Boys city tournament at Cedar Ridge Middle School on Saturday. The Braves defeated the Phillies 11-5. Denton was the winning pitcher and Thurman added a single in the win.

It’s
tournament time

Dixie Boys enter second day of double-elimination playoffs Monday

By Paul Stackhouse
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2462

Many in attendance Saturday night at the Cedar Ridge Baseball Fields couldn’t help but talk about how fast the regular season went by.

Since starting in April, the Decatur Dixie Boys teams have concluded their schedule and the city tournament is in full swing.

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From left, Braves coach David Martin with his son Andrew Martin as teammates Jeremiah Thurman and Pace Shelton watch their team defeat the Phillies on Monday.
Three teams advanced into the winners’ bracket Saturday. The Marlins defeated the Red Sox 14-9, the Braves downed the Phillies 11-5 and the Rangers edged the Tigers 5-3.

The fields at the middle school are scheduled for plenty of action Monday night. The Marlins and the Braves meet at 6 on Field 1, while the Red Sox and the Phillies tangle at the same time on Field 2.

In the nightcap scheduled for 8:30, the Rangers will face the Diamondbacks, who had drawn a first-round bye, on Field 1.

The double-elimination tournament has games scheduled for 6 and 8 Monday through Thursday with the champion to be decided Thursday. If the final two teams have one loss each after Thursday’s 6 p.m. game, the winner will be crowned Friday night with the title game starting at 6.

In Saturday’s tournament action:

Marlins 14, Red Sox 9: Greg Walden pitched three innings for the Marlins in collecting the win. In his short stint, Walden struck out two, walked two and allowed three hits.

Walden also led the Marlins in hitting with two home runs. Jason Holt had a triple while Josh Freeman and Travis Tidwell had two singles each. Titus Miller, Ryan Marthaler, Jason Holt and Winston Clements finished with a single each.

Hunter Netherton paced the Red Sox at the plate with a home run and two singles. Alexis Carillo had a double with Ethan Walker, Hayden Naumann, Brian Byrd and Shane Prewitt hitting a single each.

Braves 11, Phillies 5: Blaine Denton claimed the victory on the mound, pitching three innings, giving up four runs and five hits while striking out three and walking one.

Daniel Defenbaugh stroked a home run and a single to lead the Braves in hitting. Alex “A.C.” Watkins and Judson Richards had a double and a single each, while Denton finished with two singles. Hunter Spivey, Andrew Martin and Jeremiah Thurman had a single each.

Devin Wynn led the Phillies with a double and a single, with David Bookout also hitting a double. John Parker had a pair of singles, with Caleb Dozier and Zach Johnson each hitting a single.

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The Phillies’ Caleb Dozier had a single in his team’s 11-5 loss in the first round of the double-elimination Dixie Boys City Tournament at Cedar Ridge fields.
Rangers 5, Tigers 3: Ty Keenum was the winning pitcher for the Rangers. Keenum pitched four innings, allowing one hit while striking out four and walking one.

Connor Graves led the Rangers at the plate with a double. Michael Bray, Chris Foster and Weston Johnson had a single each.

Zack Ogle led the Tigers in hitting with a home run. Jordan Kranick, Andrew Lilly and Matthew Hamilton finished the game with a single each.

League president Bruce Potter has announced the all-star tournament schedules for Decatur Dixie Boys. The Decatur American League will host a sub-district tournament for both the 13- and 14-year-old divisions at Cedar Ridge on June 22. Also, with the dates to be announced, the Decatur National League will host a district tournament for both the 13- and 14-year-old divisions. The district tournament will be at Cedar Ridge.

“Overall, we’ve had a great season and a great beginning to our city tournament,” Potter said. “We had a lot of people here Saturday night and hope to see more on Monday.”

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