Thursday night, they captured the inaugural Rick Honeycutt World Series by following a similar script.
Two pitchers combined to strike out six hitters and allow just one earned run on two hits, while the Reds' offense exploded for six runs in the third inning, en route to a 9-2 victory over the Middle Valley (Tenn.) Patriots at the Ringgold Youth Athletic Association complex.
"We're just so proud of the boys," said Reds coach Tommy Ferguson. "We were kind of a late entry into this tournament, but I'm glad we played in it. It really worked out in our favor. The boys did a great job and we couldn't ask any more of them."
Up 1-0 after a second-inning sacrifice fly by Tucker Miller, the Reds erupted in the third.
Blake Guffey drove in Seth Pitts and Drew Meade with a one-out single and they would load the bases again on a single and a walk. Malachi Liles then plated Guffey and Lane Johnson with a two-RBI double to right, and Austin Ferguson would walk to load the bases yet again. Miller then capped the inning with a seeing-eye single to right that brought in two more runs.
The Patriots got their only two runs of the game in the top of the fourth against Liles, who served up back-to-back walks before Middle Valley scored on a throwing error and an infield single.
But the Rossville defense helped the cause with a double play, and Liles pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam later in the inning to strand all three runners.
Rossville got both runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Johnson reached third on an error and scored on a second error, while Liles drove in Dylan Fowler with a groundout.
Liles would get the win on the hill with four innings of one-hit ball. He fanned four and allowed just one earned runs. Pitts worked the final two innings, giving up just one hit and striking out two.
Liles and Miller led the offense with three RBIs each.
Smryna (Ga.) won the 7-year-old bracket on Wednesday, defeating East Ridge (Tenn.) twice to win the title. They secured a win in the first game with a game-ending triple play.
Ooltewah (Tenn.) scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Middle Valley, 13-12, in the 8-year-old championship game on Thursday, while the the LFO Warrior 12-year-olds won the crown with a victory over the Hobgood Heat.