BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
MORRISTOWN - The clock was quickly approaching midnight in Morristown Wednesday, but there would be no Cinderella story for the Greeneville 13-14 year-old All-Stars.
Greeneville and Morristown battled through six scoreless innings in the Little League State Tournament at Sherwood Park, before a defensive miscue by Greeneville in the top of the seventh allowed Patrick Muscari to score and send the host team to a 1-0 victory.
The loss ended Greeneville's tournament stay, while Morristown advanced to take on Spring Hill in the losers' bracket final today.
"It was a well-played game," Greeneville coach Dave Williams said.
"That's a good team we lost to. We were able to beat them 3-1 in the district, but just couldn't get it done tonight. It was just a good game between two good teams."
Eli Ferguson was masterful on the mound for Morristown, while Austin Collins and Leau-Alston Williams were equally dominant for Greeneville.
Collins made it through the first 1 and 2/3 innings unscathed, despite allowing a total of six base runners.
Morristown had three batters get on base in the second, with each of them reaching as a result of a Greeneville defender misplaying a fly ball in the infield.
Williams came on with two outs and recorded a strikeout to get his team out of the jam.
From there on out, he allowed just one hit the rest of the way.
The game-winning run came when he hit Muscari with a pitch to lead off the seventh. Two batters later, Jeremiah Seals laid down a perfect bunt, and Muscari was able to sprint all the way to third on the play.
He then came home when a Williams' pitch got past catcher Zane Potter.
Jacob Jansen singled with two outs in the home half of the seventh, but Greeneville was unable to get him around to tie the game.
The game ended when a hard liner hit by Jake Tillery was snared by a leaping Dylan Noe at second base.
Greeneville managed just two hits and three walks off Ferguson. Ryan Lloyd came on in relief in the seventh and gave up the single to Jansen before recording the final out.