Rutherfordton still alive in 7/8 tourney

Forest City All-Stars knocked out
Jul. 16, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

The Rutherfordton 7/8 All-Star team remained in action at the 2013 North Carolina 7/8 Little League State Tournament in Wilson, despite rain pushing games back on the schedule.

On Sunday, Rutherfordton went 3-0 opening with an 18-3 win over Clayton and following it with an 11-10 win over Wilson and capping the day with a 13-12 win over Havelock.

Forest City started the day with a 7-3 loss to Havelock and coming back with an 11-0 loss to Bull City before rebounding to defeat Newport 8-3 in the nightcap.

Rutherfordton used a 10-run second inning and had the help of eight errors by Clayton in their first game of the day. Audrey Scruggs and Austin Scoggin each had three RBI for Rutherfordton.

Against Wilson, Rutherfordton opened with a 7-0 lead in the third before Wilson rattled off five straight runs. Rutherfordton rebounded with two runs in the fifth and sixth and holding off a late rally in the sixth.

Mason Bille finished the game going 3-for-4 and Elijah Stafford had four RBI.

In their later game against Havelock, Rutherfordton used a seven-run fifth inning to overcome seven fielding errors. They also halted a late rally in the top of the sixth by Havelock.

Scruggs finished going 3-for-4 with two RBI and Stafford added three more RBI in the game.

Forest City couldn't get past a six-run fifth inning by Havelock in their opener. Forest City did pound out 10 hits but managed just three runs in the loss.

Forest City was held in check for their game against Bull City, managing just three hits over the course of the game. Mason Hiffstickler, Isaac Lee and Coleman Tisdale each had hits for Forest City.

Forest City found its offense in the nightcap, scoring seven runs in the first two innings against Newport. Forest City pitching combined to hold Newport to just three runs on nine hits.

Lee went 1-for-3 with two RBI while Huffstickler and Marshall McGowan each went 2-for-3.

With their two losses, Forest City was knocked out of the single-elimination round of the tournament.

Play resumed Monday but scores were not available at press time.