It was a beautiful summer day on Saturday, July 14, at greater Sevierville Little League, a perfect day for a championship baseball game. Two very talented teams were about to take the field for the second consecutive day to determine who was going to be crowned District Six Boys 7-and-8 year old champs. Two teams, two days, two games, but only one championship.
Wait just a minute, there is another two that is also very important to this equation. This important two is the one that symbolizes the second consecutive year that both teams were from Maryville, playing for two days in two games to determine the championship.
After starting off in the same group for pool play for the second consecutive year, both Maryville teams battled their way to the championship game. It is a tale of taking two different paths that ultimately lead to the same place. The Maryville National team clinched a first round bye after defeating the Maryville American team to finish undefeated in pool play. This left the Maryville American with only one loss and a second place finish. Second place meant that the American team would be playing in the first round of the double elimination tournament.
Both teams showed that they had one goal in mind from the start of the tournament. Maryville American dispatched Eagleton Grey 10-0 in the first round, while Maryville National beat Eagleton Blue by a 13-7 margin in their first game in the second round. The American team showed they were ready to play in the second round also by beating Greater Sevierville 15-4. This would lead to a Maryville versus Maryville showdown to determine who was guaranteed a shot in the first title game.
The Maryville National team looked sharp as they defeated the American team by a lopsided 19-10 margin. This loss sent the Maryville American team into the Loser’s bracket with one loss to determine who would face the National team for the championship. The American team showed they had regained their winning form by defeating Eagleton Grey once again by a score of 14-3.
The stage was set for another Maryville showdown for the title. Friday night arrived and Sevierville Little League became a sea of red and black as parents, coaches, friends and family traveled to watch the Maryville teams square off. The American team avenged their losses from pool play and the tournament by defeating the National team by a final of 13-11. No one would leave the park as a champion on Friday, the American team had lived to fight another day.
Saturday was a great day for a championship. The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, and there was just enough shade for fans to watch a great game. The game was a close one, with several lead changes and great plays. There was something for everyone who loves baseball, with close plays, homeruns, and great catches.
In the end it was the Maryville Americans who prevailed, winning by a final score of 11-9. Both teams played hard and had a lot to be proud of, but there was only one champion, and this year it came home with the Men in Black.