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After losing to Bull City in the opening game of the North Carolina Little League District 6 Ages 8-10 tournament on Friday, the Wilson City Little League All-Stars had to work its way back through the losers bracket in the tournament held at Gillette Baseball Complex.
Finally, the host team’s diligence paid off Tuesday as Wilson, which had to win three straight elimination games, got its revenge with a 10-5 conquest of Bull City in the losers bracket final.
Wilson will take on unbeaten South Durham in the district championship game Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Southern Bank Stadium. If Wilson wins, the teams will play again Thursday at 6 p.m. at Southern Bank Stadium.
Wilson, which lost 8-7 to Bull City on Friday, drained the drama right out of the rematch by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning and taking a 6-1 lead after two innings. Bull City used some shaky defensive play by Wilson in the top of the third to score four runs and cut the lead to 6-5.
But William Doll took over on the mound from starter Jake Harris with one out in the third and held Bull City scoreless the rest of the way to earn the pitching win. Meanwhile, WCLL scored two runs in each of the third and fourth innings to give Doll a cushion.
Doll, who threw 67 pitches, gave up one single and walked four while striking out five Bull City batters over 3 2/3 innings to get the win.
Brayden Parker, Wilson’s starting shortstop and lead-off hitter, led the way offensively, going 4 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Colby Barnhill and Daylon Hendricks each had RBI singles in the first inning. In the second, Parker led off with a double and Seth Scott followed with a single before a three-base error on the Bull City right fielder on a ball hit by Maddox Deans brought in both Parker and Scott.
After Bull City cut into Wilson’s lead in the top of the third, Parker ripped a double to score Landon Cuddington, who had walked, in the bottom of the inning. Parker took third on a wild pitch and scored on Deans’ sacrifice fly to center field.
Parker was in the midst of Wilson’s scoring in the bottom of the fourth, singling in Daniel Holloman. Cuddington scored on the play when the Bull City outfielder misplayed the ball.
Score by innings:
Bull City 014 000 — 5
Wilson 422 20x — 10
WP-William Doll 3 2/3 IP, 1 B, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 SO. LP-T.J. Hunter.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson: Brayden Parker 4-4, 2 2Bs, 3 R, 2 RBI; Colby Barnhill 1-1, RBI; Daylon Hendricks 1-3, RBI; Seth Scott 1-2, R; Landon Cuddington 1-1, R. Bull City: Phillip Daly 3-3, R; Cameron Harper 1-1, 2B, 2 RBIs; Jordan Bonner 1-2, 2B, RBI.