WCHS Warriors split contests on Thursday and Friday
By Eli Rushing | April 29, 2019 2:03 pm
White County High School Warrior baseball fared well against Smith County but the team was defeated by a late score against Upperman, on senior night.
A late explosion of runs helped the Warriors take a commanding win of 12-4 back to Sparta. Jacob Sparks single got the boys on the board in the second as Macon Girdley tagged home safely, but Smith struck back soon. The game was knotted up in the third after the opposing team sent a solo home run shot into left field.
The Warriors almost allowed several more runs in the following inning but were able to avoid a loaded-base disaster with the help of a double play. The boys pulled ahead in the fifth with the help of a Tucker Allen single with loaded bases. Two runs came in with the sophomore’s hit to center field and another run followed after an infield error on a Sparks ground ball. Smith County doubled in the fifth, scoring one, but, through five innings, they trailed 4-2.
Offensive intensity ratcheted up in the sixth as White County
continued to click into place with four runs. David Smith’s RBI double started off the inning, and he was soon followed by another extra base hit from Girdley that scored one. Eli McDonald helped stretch the lead with a hard ground ball single to left that brought one run home, while Sparks rounded out the advantage with one last RBI single.
With an 8-2 edge, the Warriors refused to call it a day. They poured on four final runs to secure the victory in the team’s final at bats. Three straight walks from Allen, Girdley, and Holden Howard scored a trio runs as the bases were loaded, and Smith County’s pitching wilted. Sparks scored the final run of the game for WCHS after grounding into a fielder’s choice that brought Allen home and brought the lead to 12-2. An error and a passed ball allowed Smith to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, but they had no effect on the final outcome of the game, with the Warriors earning a 12-4 win.
Holden Howard pitched all seven innings of the game for White County and allowed just seven hits and four runs despite his pitch count nearing the century mark. He also struck out one, while walking six. Smith, Allen, Girdley, and Sparks each collected two hits ,while the Warriors totaled 11 as a team. Sparks and Allen each finished with three RBI’s as well.
On Friday night, White County battled during senior night festivities against Upperman but fell short in extra innings 12-9.
The Warriors got off to a hot start in the first inning where scoring began, thanks to a sacrifice fly from Cameron Beasley and continued on a Girdley ground ball that allowed Allen to reach home.
McDonald’s line drive to center field resulted in a double that brought in another run, and a costly error on a routine ground ball from Dyson Reece gave the Warriors a 4-0 advantage.
Upperman stormed back in the second with three runs of their own; a sacrifice fly and two RBI singles instantly pulled them back into the thick of things. The high voltage offensive attack did not falter in the second, with Smith driving in a run on a single and Beasley adding to his home run total, giving White County a 7-3 lead.
Upperman claimed the lead for the first time in the game during the third inning. Four singles, two walks, and a triple tore apart the Warrior defense en route to a 8-7 advantage. The Bees extended their lead later in the fourth as a walk with the bases loaded gave them a 9-7 edge.
After trailing for a handful of innings, WCHS tied things up again at nine, with the help of a Sparks ground out that bought Girdley enough time to score and Hayden Farris’ RBI single. Scoring halted until the top of the ninth, in extra innings, where the tired composure of the boys faltered, and Upperman came away with a crucial trio of runs. An error in center field let two runs slide home, and White County found themselves trailing 12-9 after a double scored the final run.
In the final at bats of the game for the Warriors, they could not call up a comeback and were sent away with a loss after three straight strikeouts ended the game. Michael Shank pitched two innings of the 12-9 loss and gave up four hits, three runs, and two walks, while striking out two. Zach Burrier pitched an inning of relief and was torched for his efforts, allowing six hits, six runs, and three walks, while striking out one. Drew Young got the bulk of the work from the bullpen, pitching five-and-two-thirds innings and conceding six hits and three runs along with seven strikeouts and four walks. Beasley pitched the final out of the game and walked one. Smith and McDonald earned two hits apiece of their team’s nine total.
White County High School Warrior baseball faced off against Smith County, on April 27. Results of this game will be in an upcoming edition of The Expositor.