MULBERRY — The Sebring Dixie Youth T-Ball All-Stars kicked off the 2014 state tournament by walloping host Mulberry on Saturday morning by a score of 31-0 at Mulberry Park.
Sebring scored nine runs in the first inning, eight in the second, nine in the third, and five in the fourth inning before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The boys in blue played three games on Sunday. Results were not available at press time, but be sure to read Tuesday’s Highlands Today sports section for the complete story and photos. Games can also be followed live by going to www.jockjive.com.
Chase Casey, JT Taylor, Jamarcus Gomez, and Aiden Bryant led the offensive onslaught for Sebring, with each player belting a home run. Jordan Vincent drove in Cole Travers and Camden Culverhouse in the top of the fourth to score the decisive runs that mercifully ended the game.
In total, Sebring sent 36 batters to the plate during the game and was called out only four times.
Liam Bryant, Casey, Jacob Knott, JT Taylor, Chase Vaughn, Tanner Simmons, Aiden Bryant, Hunter Stone, and Travers scored three runs apiece for the potent Sebring offense.
But the afternoon belonged to Taylor, who was named Most Outstanding Player for his contributions at the plate and his spectacular play at first base.
As a unit, Sebring was just as impressive on defense.
The boys in blue befuddled Mulberry, keeping its offense from mounting any serious scoring threats. Stone was also outstanding in the field. He played in the middle of the diamond for Sebring, setting the tone for the stingy defense.