WCHS baseball team defeats Notre Dame High School

By | March 21, 2019 9:25 am

By Eli Rushing

Monday night was a considerable success for the White County High School Warrior baseball team as they defeated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame High School by the score of 12-1.

The mercy rule ended the contest midway through the fifth as the boys racked up the runs, and starter David Smith dominated from the mound. Smith tossed nine strikeouts in the win, while pitching the entire game and only giving up two hits and a run. Although Notre Dame got on the board first with a run to open the game, the Warriors notched eight in the first inning and never looked back. From their first at bat of the game, the Warriors’ offense fired on all cylinders as their seven hits in the first inning helped them get things going.

With the bases loaded, Macon Girdley walked, tying the contest at one. Next, Eli McDonald brought in another run with his single down the first base line, and Tucker Allen batted in two more runs off a single into left field. Then, Hayden Farris sent a line drive into right field as he brought another run home for the Warriors. This offensive outburst gave the team a 5-1 lead, but they were not content to leave the score as it was. Errors in right field, at the plate and at shortstop, killed Notre Dame as this allowed WCHS to score three more runs to close out the inning.

After a pair of three-up-three-down innings from Smith, the Warriors added another run to their sizable advantage in the third. Allen was ruled safe as he slid into home plate, following a wild pitch that the Fighting Irish could not control; this gave the boys a 9-1 lead. Three more runs were tacked on in the fourth, and were brought in by RBI’s from McDonald and Farris and another costly error from Notre Dame. The Warriors closed the game out in the fifth inning as their significant lead was enough to bring the mercy rule into play.

The 12-1 victory is the largest of the season for the Warriors and was bolstered by 10 total hits, including two from McDonald and two from Farris. Next up for the Warriors (4-3), they will take on the Tullahoma Wildcats in a home showdown at 6 p.m., March 22.

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