WCHS baseball team picks up two big district wins on Friday
by Andy Southard | April 30, 2018 8:40 am
The Warrior baseball team picked up two big wins over District 6AAA foe Stone Memorial, on Friday night. Those wins moved the Warriors to 5-6 in district play, with only one game to play on Monday when the Warriors travel to Rhea County.
The Warriors would jump on the Panthers early in their first game, on Friday night. The Warriors would score six times in the first three innings to jump out to an early 6-0 lead. Stone Memorial would cut into the lead in the bottom of the third inning to cut the lead to 6-2, but the Warriors would hold off the Panthers and pull out the win 8-3.
In the final game, on Friday night, the Warriors would again jump out to an early 4-0 lead on the Panthers, and by the bottom of the sixth inning, the Warriors had built a 5-0 lead. Stone Memorial would try to make a comeback in the final two innings, scoring two runs, but the Warriors would tack on three more runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull away and pick up the 8-2 win.
In the first game, on Friday night, the Warriors would open up the game scoring in the first inning. Chris Mills doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring Hayden Farris, who led off the inning with a single.
In the second inning, the Warriors would score three more runs to push their lead to 4-0. Tucker Allen and Mills, who drove in runs in the inning, led the Warriors big bats.
Macon Girdley got the win for the Warriors. He lasted four and a third innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out three. Holden Howard threw two and a two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen for the Warriors.
The Warriors would total 11 hits in the game. Drew Young, Farris, Jason Maxwell, and Allen each collected two hits to lead the Warriors.
In the second game, on Friday night, the Warriors would get on the board in the second inning when Jacob Sparks would get a bases loaded walk to score one run for the Warriors.
The Warriors would put the game out of reach in the seventh inning when they would add three runs. A single by Mills and a double by Maxwell led the rally.
David Smith earned the win for the Warriors. He allowed zero hits and one run over five and two-thirds innings, striking out nine and walking one. Maxwell and Maverick Jennings entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
The Warriors totaled 16 hits in the second game. Eli McDonald, Maxwell, and Mills each managed three hits to lead the Warriors. Young and Girdley would finish the day with two hits to help propel the Warriors to the win.
With the wins, the Warriors move to 12-9 on the season and 5-6 in District 6AAA play. The Warriors will return to action when they travel to Rhea County, on Monday night. The Warriors and Rhea County split their first two meetings earlier in the season. The winner of this game will finish the season in third place and stay away from the play in game. The Warriors and Rhea County will get started at 5:30 p.m. ET/ 4:30 CT. The Warriors will then finish their season, on Tuesday, when they play host to Smith County, at 5:30 p.m. The Warriors will honor their two seniors, on Tuesday night.