MULBERRY — The Sebring T-Ball All-Stars faltered a bit on Sunday at the state tournament in Mulberry.
The boys in blue won their early game, trampling East Lakeland by a score of 19-8, but lost the nightcap to Wesley Chapel 19-8.
Sebring is now 2-1 and played Bartow and Bushenell on Monday. Results were not available at press time, but be sure to ready Wednesday’s Highlands Today sports section for the complete story and photos. The top two squads from each six-team pool advance to the championship round.
Sebring 32, East Lakeland 11
Sebring jumped out to a 7-3 first inning lead and never looked back.
The offensive barrage was led by the quintet of Liam Bryant, Chase Vaughn, Jamarcus Gomez, Tanner Simmons, and Aiden Bryant. Each Sebring slugger scored four runs, reaching base safely in each of their four trips to the plate. Jakob Taylor and Jacob Knott each added three runs as well.
Wesley Chapel 19, Sebring 8
Sebring started out strong but quickly lost their momentum. The boys in blue lost their first game of the tournament to Wesley Chapel, succumbing to a quality team from Pasco County.
Sebring was at a disadvantage from the outset, as it had to endure a nearly four hour rain delay after beating East Lakeland. Both teams were competing in uncomfortably muggy temperatures, but Wesley Chapel was playing its first game of the day.
Sebring scored seven runs in the top of the first and one in the second before its bats fell silent. The squad was shut out from the third inning on.
After giving up eight runs in the first two innings, Wesley Chapel retired nine of the last 11 batters Sebring sent to the plate. Taylor scored was the only Sebring player to score twice.