WCHS Warriors baseball team split a pair of non-district games

By | April 6, 2017 7:50 am

Last Updated: April 6, 2017 at 7:52 am

Trenton Hodges makes a pitch on March 30. Hodges threw five innings of relief for the Warriors. (Photo by BONNIE BRYANT)

The White County High School baseball team took on a pair of non-district opponents last week. On March 30, the Warriors took on Upperman High School in a game that took extra innings to decide. The Warriors were tied up at 10 with Upperman heading into the bottom of the 12th inning. David Smith came up with a big base hit to score Macon Girdley and give the Warriors the walk-off victory.

On March 31, the Warriors fell to Livingston Academy. The Warriors led Livingston 3-2 heading into the top of the sixth inning. Livingston would score two runs in the top of the sixth and secure the 4-3 win.

On March 30, it was a night of offense. The Warriors would finish the game with 14 hits, and Upperman had 11 hits in the high scoring affair.

Upperman got the scoring started in the second inning scoring one run to take the early 1-0 lead.

The Warriors would answer back, though in the bottom of the second when they scored three runs to take a 3-1 lead.

Eli McDonald got the inning going when he doubled to left field with one out. McDonald’s courtesy runner, Will Griggs, would score on a line drive to right field to tie the game a 1-1. Hayden Farris was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. Chris Mills would then draw a walk to load the bases with one out. Logan Swoape would then drive in Farris and Mills on a line drive to center field to give the Warriors the 3-1 lead.

Upperman would then take the lead scoring two runs in the third inning and one run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead. But the Warriors would answer back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Dyson Reece would get it started with a line drive to center field. He would then steal second on the third pitch of the next at-bat. Farris would then advance him to third when he grounded out to second base. Mills would then walk to put runners on first and third, with one out. Drew Young would then ground into a fielder choice, which would score Reece, but Mills would be out at second base. Swoape would then come up and single to center field that would advance Young to put runners on first and third base. Jason Maxwell would then come up and single to center field that scored Young and gave the Warriors the 5-4 lead.

Upperman would answer back with two runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-5 lead, but the Warriors would answer back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-6 lead. But Upperman would tie the game back up at eight in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings.

In the eighth inning, Upperman would score two runs in the top of the eighth to take a 10-8 lead. The Warriors would come back and score two runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend the game. Neither team would score again until the 12th inning.

Girdley got the inning going with a single, with one out to get the inning going. Maxwell would then walk to put runners on first and second, with one out to set the stage for Smith’s hit. Smith would then take a 2-2 fastball and send it into the right center field gap to walk it off for the Warriors by a final score of 11-10.

Holden Howard got the start for the Warriors. He went three innings, giving up six hits, four runs. He didn’t strike out anybody, but walked one.

Matt McCulley then came in relief. He went three innings giving up three hits, three runs (two earned), two strikeouts, and two walks.

Trenton Hodges was the next pitcher for the Warriors. He went five innings giving up one hit, two runs, struck out five and walked three batters.

Maverick Jennings earned the win for the Warriors. He threw a perfect 12th inning, striking out one batter.

Swoape, Mills, Maxwell, and Reece each managed two hits to lead the Warriors. Every Warrior that started the game finished with at least one hit.

In the March 31 game against Livingston Academy, the Warriors would suffer a heartbreaking loss, as they lost the lead late in a 4-3 defeat. The game was tied at 3 with Livingston Academy batting in the top of the sixth inning when Livingston hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

Livingston took an early 2-0 lead on the Warriors. They scored runs in the top of the 2nd inning and top of the third inning.

The Warriors would get a run in the bottom of the third inning and then would take the lead on in the top of the fifth inning when Swoape would hit a sacrifice fly. Farris would score on the fly ball. The centerfielder would try to throw him out at home plate, but the throw was late. They would then try to throw Matt McCulley out at second base, but the throw would go into centerfield and get past the center fielder, and McCulley was able to come all the way around to give the Warriors the 3-2 lead.

Livingston Academy would answer back in the top of the sixth inning, with two runs of their own to take a 4-3 lead. The Warriors were never able to answer back and took the loss 4-3.

Young took the loss for the Warriors. He threw five and a third innings, surrendering four runs, seven hits, striking out five and walking one.

Hodges, Swoape, McDonald, Maxwell, McCulley and Smith each collected a hit to lead the Warriors.

After going 1-1 to finish out the week, the Warriors’ record moved to 5-7 on the season. The Warriors played Cookeville, on April 4, but the stats were not available at press time. This weekend the Warriors will travel to Franklin County to play in the Rebel Classic. The Warriors will play two games in Franklin County, on April 7, and then travel to Manchester, on April 8, and play two games at Coffee County High School.

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