Lake City's Little League began the 2003 baseball season in a big way with the Machine Pitch Rebels, sponsored by Medic One and Tax Plus, winning the Monette Invitational Machine Pitch Tournament by edging out Etowah 11-10 in the finals.
The Machine Pitch Rebels, who are coached by Kenny Stone, Mark Mann and Brad Meurer, defeated Manila Farmer's Market and Caraway on the opening night of the tournament, than defeated Etowah twice on Saturday to claim the tournament title.
Last week the Machine Pitch Rebels pulled out a victory over Manila Farmer's Market when Cody Webb hit a homerun to defeat Manila 10-1 at Lake City.
The Rebels will continue play this Thursday at Lake City against Caraway and will compete this weekend in a tournament at Leachville.
Lake City has two 9-10 year old teams. The Sonic Blasters, who are coached by Norman Eidson, Jr., and Terry Knight, lost last week at Valley View, 9-5. The Sonic Blasters will play at Brookland this week and will host Valley View.
The Jammers, a 9-10 year old team coached by Scott Miller, Mark Mann, and Rick Davis, will play three home games this week against the Valley View Cardinals, the Valley View Diamond Backs, and the Brookland Bearcats. The Jammers are sponsored by Vester Spencer Trucking.
Lake City's 13-year old team posted a 12-2 victory over Bay last Tuesday. Chad Nunnally pitched six innings and recorded 17 strike-outs in the win. Shawn Matthews led the offensive attack with a double and a triple and one run scored. Stevie Robison went 2 for 3 with a double, a single, and one run scored. Courtley Johnson and Cody Richardson also went 2 for 3 and scored three runs between them. Chase Cooper, Dillon Osment, and Garrett Weaver were all 2 for 4 in the win and amassed five runs between the trio. The 13-year olds are coached by Gary Weaver and Don Nunnally.