The Tri-Cities Optimist Dizzy Dean Senior Team won the state tournament over the weekend.
Optimist defeated the Lake Way Rays 3-2 in the championship game behind the pitching and hitting of Ethan Fleenor, who was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Optimist will compete in the Dizzy Dean World Series this weekend in Dalton, Ga.
Tri-Cities went undefeated in the tournament, besting Johnson City, Lake Way and Tennessee Blend in the pool play, before defeating Johnson City again, 9-0, in the semifinals. Ross Spurgeon struck out 10 batters against Johnson City for the win, while Blake Houser was 3-for-3, and Josh Peterson and Dustin Clawson added two hits each.