Lebanon 14U team competes at State

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Pictured above is the Lebanon Yellowjackets 14U baseball team. In the front row, from left, are Conner Miller, Max Groce, Andrew Dent, Logan Wise, Justin Dameron, Austin Hendrix, Robert Garner and manager Shawn Early. Pictured in the back row, from left, are coach Adam Dameron, Evan Fohn, coach John Carr, Ian Carr, coach Ryan Howerton, Ryan Reddick, Hayden Wright, head coach Ken Eldridge, and Mason Farris. The ‘Jackets recently placed 11th out of 30 teams at the State tournament in Kansas City held last weekend.


The Lebanon ‘Jackets 14U baseball team recently took 11th out of a field of 30 teams at the State baseball tournament in Kansas City.

Lebanon finished with a record of 2-1-1 in the tournament and head coach Ken Eldridge said he was proud of the way his team was able to perform against some of the best teams in the state.

“In my 20 years of coaching these are some of the finest young men and parents I have had the pleasure to coach,” he said. “It’s a little more special having a player from my past undefeated team (Ryan Howerton) coach with me. We have a good time together and this will be the perfect team to retire coaching with.”

In their first game on Friday, the ‘Jackets knocked in eight runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 13-1 victory over NEMO Blitz with RBIs from Austin Hendrix, Hayden Wright, Logan Wise, Connor Miller, Mason Farris, and Justin Dameron in the dominant inning.

Farris earned the win for Lebanon ‘Jackets 14U team. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over three innings, striking out two.  Evan Fohn and Wise entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

During the second game, Lebanon weathered a push by KC Phantoms in the second inning where the ‘Jackets coughed up four runs but still won 10-7 on Friday.

Lebanon trailed 2-0 early on but was able to cut the deficit after a solo home run from Robert Garner. In the third, Hayden Wright drew a walk, scoring one run, an error scored one run for Lebanon, and Mason Farris singled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run giving them the lead and never looking back.

Justin Dameron earned the win for Lebanon. He allowed eight hits and seven runs over three innings, striking out five and walking zero. Connor Miller and Garner entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Lebanon would tie their first game on Saturday against the Sedalia Bombers, 8-8. The ‘Jackets got two home runs from Farris and Ian Carr in the contest.

In their final game, Lebanon lost the lead late in a 9-6 loss to the Clinton Chaos. The game was tied at six with Clinton Chaos 14U batting in the top of the sixth when Paul Shields singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run.
Connor Miller finished the game with four RBIs, including two home runs hit in the contest. Robert Garner started the game for Lebanon Jackets 14U. He lasted three innings, allowing four hits and four runs while striking out seven.

Lebanon collected eight hits on the day.  Garner, Miller, and Dent all collected multiple hits.

“There were many special moments during our state competition,” Eldridge said. “One special moment was when we were able to get our team manager Shawn Early in the game to pinch-run. He stole a base and scored a run. It was very deserving for a young man who helps us out. It’s reasons like this that make this team special.”

Lebanon will compete in a World Series in July that takes place in Gulf Shores, Ala. and was accepted into the Premier Incoming Freshman baseball tournament held in Springfield on June 27-July 1 with 35 teams participating.

“Teams send in their application to be accepted in this prestigious tournament,” Eldridge said. “We feel fortunate to be accepted and have the opportunity to play such high caliber teams right here in our own backyard. 

“The experience will be valuable and help prepare us for another tough tournament in the World Series.”


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