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Deegan pitches one-hitter as Tuckahoe rolls

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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Tuckahoe American dominated South Nashville 13-0 in a pool-round game at the Little League Southeast Regionals on Monday night.

In a game that was a rematch of last year’s regional championship game, Tuckahoe defeated the Tennessee champions in a game shortened to four innings because of the score.

Pitcher Liam Deegan gave up just one hit in the fourth inning to Blake Money in a shutout.

Deegan threw 66 pitches and had nine strikeouts.

The 13-year-old right-hander was a bit disappointed with the hit at the end of the game.

“On Saturday, we felt bad, but now we played good so I feel we can play loose tomorrow,” Deegan said.

Manager David Ladd said there was no doubt he was going to use Deegan against South Nashville.

“We were prepared to throw him to 85 pitches,” Ladd said.

The first inning led to four runs and Tuckahoe never looked back.

Leadoff batter Josh Trentadue reached first on a throwing error. Bryce Safferwich hit a double to move Trentadue to third and Deegan hit a sacrifice fly to score Tuckahoe’s first run. Two runners were on base when Daniel Fredenburg hit a three-run home run.

Tuckahoe started scoring again in the third, putting another three runs on the board on Harrison Holmes’ single that scored Fredenburg. Benjamin Henderson and Trentadue also had RBI singles in the inning.

In the top of the fourth inning, Virginia put up six runs.

Deegan was intentionally walked to start the inning. After two wild pitches, Deegan was on third and able to score on Drew Larsen’s single, making the score 8-0.

Wright hit a sacrifice RBI making the score 9-0. Trentadue and Safferwich each had an RBI single in the inning. Deegan was walked again with the bases loaded for the next run.

Trentadue scored on a passed ball for Tuckahoe’s final run.

“They knew it was a must win game and stepped up to the challenge,” Ladd said.

South Nashville’s five pitchers struggled, giving up 13 hits.

Tuckahoe will play Alabama at 1 p.m. today for a chance at Wednesday’s semifinals on ESPN. Both teams are 1-1 in pool play.


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