Warriors complete a three-game sweep over Cumberland County

by | April 17, 2017 7:02 am

Last Updated: April 17, 2017 at 7:03 am

Macon Girdley throws a pitch in April 10 victory over Cumberland County. Girdley struck out 11 Cumberland County hitters. (Photo by BONNIE BRYANT)

The White County High School baseball team collected a three-game sweep of Cumberland County April 10 and April 11 when the Warriors got a masterful performance from starter Macon Girdley, on April 10, as they came away with a 4-1 victory in eight innings. On April 11, the Warriors’ bats came alive, and their pitchers held Cumberland County scoreless as they secured a 6-0 win in the first game of the evening and got a 10-0 win to finish off the three-game sweep.

On April 10, neither team could get anything going offensively as the Warriors were only able to get four hits through the first seven innings, and Cumberland County finished the game with two hits.

The Warriors got their first run in the fourth inning. Logan Swoape led off the inning with a walk. Jason Maxwell would then ground out but advance Swoape on the play. David Smith would then come up with two outs and a runner on second and single to left field, putting runners on the corners with two outs. Hayden Farris then came up and hit a line drive to third base that the third baseman couldn’t handle and would score Swoape to give the Warriors the early 1-0 lead.

Cumberland County would tie things up in the bottom of the at 1-1 to send things into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth inning, Eli McDonald led off the inning when he was hit by a pitch. Frankie Del Torro would then come in and be a pinch runner for McDonald. Smith was the next Warriors hitter to come up. He would hit into a fielder’s choice at second base. The second baseman would turn to second and throw to the shortstop, but the throw would pull the shortstop off the bag, and Del Torro was safe and gave the Warriors’ runner on first and second base. Farris would then come up and hit a swinging bunt to the first baseman who wasn’t able to get anybody out and load the bases with nobody out. Dyson Reece would then come up and hit the first pitch he saw to right field that would score Del Torro and give the Warriors the 2-1 lead. Drew Young would then come up. On the second pitch of the at-bat, the Cumberland County pitcher would throw a wild pitch that would score Smith and give the Warriors the 3-1 lead. Matt McCulley would then come up and be hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with two and Trenton Hodges at the plate. Hodges would hit a ball right back up the middle and give the Warriors the 4-1 lead.

Maverick Jennings would close out the game for the Warriors on the hill striking out three of the four Cumberland County hitters he faced to earn the save.

Girdley earned the win for the Warriors. He went seven innings, allowing one run (zero earned), two hits and struck out 11.

Smith led the way for the Warriors at the plate as he collected two hits.

In the first game on April 11, the two Warriors pitchers shut out Cumberland County to secure a 6-0 victory.

The Warriors jumped on Cumberland County early, scoring three runs in the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Chris Mills got things going when he doubled to right field and would advance to third on an error by the right fielder. Swoape would then come up and single to left field to give the Warriors the early 1-0 lead. McDonald would then come up and single right back up the middle to put runners on first and second with one out. Girdley then came up and laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with two outs. Hayden Farris would then come up and hit a ground ball to the second baseman that he could handle that would score two runs for the Warriors to give the Warriors the early 3-0 lead.

The Warriors would get three more runs in the sixth inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Hodges, a triple Reece, and a ground out by Young.

Smith earned the win for the Warriors. He tossed six and two-thirds innings, surrendering zero runs, three hits, and struck out eight. McCulley got the final out for the Warriors when he induced a groundout to finish off the game.

The Warriors collected eight hits in the win. Reece and Mills each collected multiple hits for the Warriors.

In the second game on April 11, Hodges didn’t allow a single run as White County Warriors’ varsity defeated Cumberland County 10-0. Hodges allowed just two hits and induced a groundout to end the game.

The Warriors secured the victory thanks in large part to eight runs in the third inning. The Warriors scored on a walk by Swoape, a single by McDonald, a double by Smith, a single by Girdley, a triple by Reece, and a single by McCulley.

Hodges earned the win for White County Warriors’ varsity. He tossed six innings, allowing zero runs, two hits, striking out six, and walking one.

The Warriors collected 10 hits in the game. Smith and Chris Mills led the way for the Warriors with two hits apiece in the win.

With these three the Warriors move their record to 9-11 on the season and 6-3 in district play. The Warriors continue district play when they play Warren County, on April 17, at Ulysses S. Culley Field. The Warriors will then be back in action again, on April 18, when they travel to McMinnville to take on Warren County again. Both games are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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