Riverdogs clinch USSSA WS berth

from staff reports

   The East Tennessee Riverdogs came within an arm's length of earning another tournament victory in Lexington, Ky, only to be deterred by the weather.
   They clinched the USSSA World Series berth in Kissimmee, Fla., by defeating the Johnson City Heat, 7-0. Zack Messer of Virginia High in Bristol threw a four-hitter to knock off the Heat in the semifinals.
   Josh Guinn of Elizabethton High also bounced out the South Greene Rebels in the championship game with a four-hitter. In six innings, the Riverdogs had a 10-run lead, for a final score of 11-1.
   In Lexington, Will Scheuer of Tennessee High took the win over Scott County by 14-0. Dustin Joyner of Sullivan East relieved Scheuer in the fourth. Both pitchers allowed only two hits.
   In the championship game, the 'Dogs were up 7-0 going into the fourth when lightening shortened the game. Moments later, tornado warnings sounded in the area and numerous twisters were sighted in the area. The team had to take up temporary shelter in neighbors homes until returning to their hotel.
   The field was severely damaged and the pitching mound was completely washed away. Pitcher Miles Key from Sullivan East was throwing a one-hitter, but was unable to finish up the game.
   The 'Dogs will next travel to Knoxville for The Smokey Mountain Classic, and hope that this tournament will be less dramatic weather wise.