Warriors blanked by Blackman in district series

by | March 31, 2008 12:00 am

Making the throw. Joseph Johnson makes the throw from third to first during Monday’s game at home against Blackman. The Blaze swept the Warriors in the District 7AAA series. The baseball team hosts Bledsoe County Thursday and Coffee County Friday.

Jaylen Qualls fields the ball at second

Wesley Dickson at the plate

    The District 7AAA baseball schedule is set up where each team plays back-to-back games with each district opponent.  This format was put into place several years ago because of a guy by the name of David Price, who pitched for Blackman.
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    When Price was pitching for Blackman, the coaches made good use of their star by spreading out their key district games and using Price on the mound in all of them.  Price has now gone on to the majors where he was the number one draft pick of the Devil Rays, but the format is still in place and Blackman’s pitchers still shut out the Warriors in both games of the series.
    The Warriors played host to the Blaze Monday and then on Tuesday, WCHS made the trip to Murfreesboro.  The Warriors failed to score a run in either contest losing at home by a score of 11-0 and then suffering an 8-0 defeat at Blackman.
    The Blaze scored runs in the second inning of each game to take the lead and never looked back.  On Monday, they put four runs on the board.  On the road Tuesday, the Warriors trailed only 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth.  In their half of that inning in Murfreesboro, the Blaze plated four runs and began to pull away.
    Monday’s game was played as snow flurries were moving out of the area and the temperature was evidence of such.  Blackman put their first two runners on base due to infield errors on the Warriors.  With runners at first and third and no outs on the board, the first out was recorded when the runner tried to steal second and was thrown out by Warrior catcher, Dalton Bain.  A pair of strikeouts sandwiched around a walk, got Warrior starter, Josh Peterson, out of that jam.
    WCHS got one of their five base runners for the game on in the bottom of the first when Wesley Dickson took a one-out walk.  He stole second, but was left stranded there.  
    Things started out well for the Warriors in the top of the second.  Back to back ground balls put two outs on the board.  One of those was fielded by Jaylen Qualls, a freshman, who got his first-ever varsity start.  Qualls had three opportunities in the game and did not make an error.
    Blackman did their damage with two outs on the board.  Three consecutive singles scored the first run and put runners at second and third.  The next batter was hit by a pitch loading the bases.  A seeing eye single between short and third scored two of those runners.  The next batter singled down first base line scoring the fourth run of the inning.  Peterson got out of the frame with a strikeout, but four runs scored giving Blackman the early lead.  They would never look back.
    The Warriors went down in order in the bottom of the second.  Peterson retired the side in order in each of the third and fourth innings.  During that time, he got four ground ball outs and a pair of fly balls.  
    The Warrior offense was, however, not able to cut into the lead while Peterson was keeping the Blackman bats quiet.  WCHS did have their best opportunity in the bottom of the third.  Dalton Bain got things started with a one-out bloop single.  After a fly ball to centerfield put two outs on the board.  Wesley Dickson reached on an error that moved Bain’s courtesy runner, Zach Jolly, to third.  A fly ball ended that inning with the Warriors leaving two runners stranded, one at third base.  No base runner would get past first the rest of the way for WCHS.  
    Joseph Johnson led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk, but got no further than that.  Seth McDonald got the second hit of the game for WCHS in the bottom of the sixth with two outs on the board.  
    Meanwhile, Blackman went to work with the bats in the fifth and sixth innings.  The Blaze led the fifth off with back-to-back home runs chasing Peterson from the game and bringing Jolly to the mound.  He struck out the first batter he faced, but the next singled and stole second.  A pop up to second put two outs on the board, but back-to-back hits, a single and double accounted for two more runs.  An error put runners at first and third, but Jolly got out of the inning with a ground ball.  Blackman had, however, upped their led to 8-0.
    The Blaze added three more runs in the sixth.  The first batter of the inning homered off Jolly bringing Gregg Pennington to the mound.  The first four batters he faced recorded hits.  Back to back doubles and then back-to-back singles added two more runs.  Blackman left the bases loaded, but had pushed their lead to 11-0 going into the bottom of the sixth.
    The Warriors could get nothing going other than McDonald’s single as the game came to a close with Blackman holding the 11-0 lead.
    Peterson worked four innings and faced two batters in the fifth.  He faced a total of 22 batters allowing six runs on seven hits.  He struck out three and walked one.  
    Jolly worked one inning facing eight batters.  He allowed three runs on four hits and struck out one.  Pennington faced eight batters allowing two runs on four hits.  He struck out two and walked one.
    The Warriors recorded only two hits on the day, one each from Dalton Bain and Seth McDonald.  As a team, WCHS cut down on their number of strikeouts in the game, going from 12 against Upperman to four in Monday’s game.  They did, however, record eight fly ball outs.  
    Bryan Holland got the start for the Warriors in Tuesday’s game and worked four innings.  He allowed five runs on eight hits.  He struck out two and walked one.  
    Another WCHS freshman also earned their first varsity start when Conor Sparkman started in right field.  
    The Blaze scored their first run in the bottom of the second.  The lead off batter walked and then came around to score on back to back singles.  A sacrifice bunt recorded the first out, but put runners at second and third.  Holland got out of the inning with a strikeout and a ground ball to Roggie Haston at shortstop.  They had, however, taken the 1-0 lead.  
    The Warriors, who had three hits for the game, did get a base runner on in the top of the second when Dalton Bain took a one-out walk.  A strikeout and ground ball left the runner stranded at first.
    WCHS went down in order in the top of the third.  Blackman’s lead off batter in the bottom of the inning singled to centerfield and stole second.  A ground ball moved him to third, but a pop up and ground ball to first ended that threat.  The Warriors trailed only 1-0 going into the fourth.  
    Drew Haston recorded the first Warrior hit of the game in the top of the fourth.  He reached on a two-out single and stole second.  A fly ball left him stranded there.
    Blackman broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.  The frame began with three straight singles accounting for the first run.  After a fly ball put one out on the board, another single scored the inning’s second run.  A ground ball put two outs on the board.  It looked like Holland would get out of the inning with only two runs scoring when he got the next batter to pop up.  The umpire, however, failed to get out of the way of Warrior shortstop, Roggie Haston, and no one else could get to the ball.  That allowed another run to score and kept the inning alive.  A single scored another run, but the inning ended when Warrior centerfielder, Wesley Dickson, hit cut off man, Drew Haston, relayed home to Bain, who applied the tag on the runner trying to score.  Blackman had still built a 5-0 lead after four innings of play.  
    The Warriors went down in order in the top of the fifth.  Blackman also sent only three batters to the plate in their half of the inning even though the lead off batter walked.  The second batter struck out.  The runner tried to steal second, but was called out when the batter interfered with Bain’s throw down to second.
    The Warriors had their chance in the top of the sixth, but left the bases loaded.  James Guth led things off with a walk.  Roggie Haston followed with a single into right field.  Guth’s pinch runner, Mitch Salley, was thrown out on the play after rounding second.  A pop up put two outs on the board.  Seth McDonald followed with a single.  Drew Haston walked to load the bases, but a strikeout ended the inning.
    Blackman padded their lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.  With one out on the board, the second batter doubled and then Joseph Johnson, the second Warrior pitcher of the game, issued a walk.  He struck out the next batter, but gave up a home run to the ensuing batter driving in three runs.  
    Blackman struck out the Warrior side in the top of the seventh to end the game.  
    Holland worked four innings allowing five runs on eight hits.  He struck out two an walked one.  Joseph Johnson pitched two innings allowing three runs on two hits.  He struck out three and walked two.  
    The Warriors had three hits in the game, one each from the Haston brothers, Roggie and Drew, along with Seth McDonald.  
    WCHS (1-5, 0-4) has two more games this week.  They host Bledsoe County today (Thursday) at 5 p.m. and will make-up their game against Coffee County Friday at 4:30 p.m. That game is also at home. 

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