Elbert All Stars shine in District 6
Elbert County Little League 8-10 All Stars (front, L-R) Matthew Coker, Braxtyn Jerome, Brant Brown, Carson Amabile, Lee Rouse, Brycin Hughes, Brock Dye and Maddox Adams; (middle) Alder Bradford, Jackson Black, Nolan Henderson, Lawson Strong and Brody Baker; (back) coach Chandler York, manager Jackson Jordan, coach Kyle Bagwell and coach Jake Baker pose for pictures after winning the District 6 Championship June 19 in Augusta.
With strong pitching and hot bats, the Elbert County Little League 8-10 All Stars dominated the Georgia District 6 tournament in Master City last week.
Elbert will advance to play District 5 Champions Vine Ingle Little League of Macon in the first round of the state tournament July 6 at 10 a.m. at Holland Park in Athens.
On June 15, Elbert kickoff the District 6 tourney with a 13-0 win over Oglethorpe County, which was run-ruled in the fourth inning.
Brody Baker pitched 1.2 innings, Adler Bradford 1.1 and Nolan Henderson closed the abbreviated outing. Brant Brown led with three hits and Brock Dye, Matthew Coker, Henderson and Bradford followed with a hit apiece, according to manager Jackson Jordan.
Game 2 saw Elbert repeat its hitting and pitching prowess with a 15-0 victory over East Athens in three short innings June 16. Baker pitched the first two innings, and Maddox Adams finished the game. Again Brown had three hits, Carson Amabile two and Braxtyn Jerome, Baker, Bradford, Coker, Henderson and Adams a hit apiece.
Elbert faced Oglethorpe again in the finals. This time, Baker pitched all three innings of a 17-2 run-ruled finish, according to coach Jake Baker.
Brown, who finished the tourney with three three-hit outings, hit a walkoff single to end the game. Henderson and Adams had two hits each followed by Baker, Jerome, Bradford, Coker, Amabile, Jackson Black and Bricin Hughes with one hit each.
Not to be outdone by the boys, the Elbert County 8-10 Softball All Stars also won their District 6 tournament in a big way June 16 in Augusta. They too will advance to the state tourney July 6 and play District 5 champs at 10 a.m. in Martinez.
On June 15, Elbert defeated Martinez-Evans 27-3 at Master City Little League Park.
Ella Harris got the win, striking out seven batters in the three-inning run-ruled game. Harris had plenty of support as Elbert racked up 20 hits.
Bryleigh Dickerson, Brylee Buffington, Kimberly Hernandez and Nakiya Dubose all went 3-for-3 hitting, according to manager Tracy Webb.
The following day, Elbert again dismantled Martinez-Evans to the tune of 23-0.
In three innings, Londyn Bryant struck out six batters in what Webb described as a total team win. Elbert went 18 for 21 at bat.
Without so much as a swing of the bat, Elbert’s Junior League boys won District 6 unopposed to advance to the state tournament in West Point 13 July.
Elbert’s Major League team was to face off against Martinez-Evans Americans after press time Tuesday evening in Augusta where they must win to play for the district title.