Warriors victorious over Upperman Bees but lose to Cavaliers
By Eli Rushing | March 14, 2019 1:17 pm
The Warrior baseball team opened up their season, on Monday, with a 5-1 home loss against Cookeville but quickly bounced back, on Tuesday, with a convincing 9-3 road win against the Upperman Bees.
On Monday, the Warriors struggled early and failed to come from behind as they missed out on key scoring opportunities. Cookeville brought in two runs during their opening at bats and kept the pressure on the Warriors as the game dragged on.
The Warriors were able to cut into the lead off of a Cameron Beasley single that scored pinch runner D.J. Paul and brought his team within one with the score of 2-1, but that ended up being their only run of the night.
In the fourth, a Cavalier single into left field increased the Warrior deficit to 3-1, and they scored two more runs from a double in the next inning, building their lead to 5-1. The Warriors had a chance to tie things up when Paul headed to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, but he struck out to end the sixth inning. From there, the Warriors failed to create enough offense, and they fell 5-1 in front of their home crowd.
David Smith took the loss for the Warriors. He allowed five hits, three walks, and three runs over four innings, while striking out five batters. Holden Howard came in during the fifth but was unable to retire any batters as he walked two and gave up a hit and two runs. Tucker Allen pitched three innings and allowed one hit while striking out five.
Beasley was 2-2 at the plate while Chris Mills, Dyson Reece, Eli McDonald and David Smith all tallied one hit.
On Tuesday, the Warriors came away with their first win of the season versus Upperman as they pulled away in the final inning in an impressive win on the road. A trio of singles opened up the game for Upperman and resulted in a 0-1 deficit for the Warriors.
Solid pitching from the Bees kept the Warriors off the scoreboard throughout the first three innings, and Upperman scored again after the Warrior outfield mishandled a ground ball and allowed a runner home from a single.
A dropped third strike in the fourth got McDonald to first base while Allen got on base due to an infield error. From there, Drew Young doubled, scoring both runners and tying the contest at two. Although Upperman brought in a reliever, they gave up another run on a wild pitch as Young made it home, and the Warriors took a 3-2 advantage.
The Bees tied the game back up at three as a wild pitch from Hayden Farris could not be corralled by McDonald, and they brought a runner home. As the teams went back and forth, neither scored again until the final inning.
The Warriors secured the victory thanks to six runs in the seventh inning. Smith, Jacob Sparks, Allen, Beasley, and Zach Burrier each had RBIs in the frame. While their potent offense torched the Upperman relievers, White County pulled away and finished with a 9-3 victory.
Macon Girdley started the game for the Warriors and pitched three innings and one third as he gave up five hits and allowed three runs. He also struck out four while walking three.
Farris got the win as he pitched three innings and two thirds, allowing zero hits while striking out four and walking two.
Young went 3-4 at the plate for the Warriors while Allen, McDonald, Mills, and Harris each earned one hit apiece.
Next up for the Warriors, they will head to Gatlinburg where they will compete in the Cure 4 Cancer Tournament over the weekend.