WCMS Warriors’ baseball team goes 1-2 in the conference tournament
By Andy Southard | May 3, 2018 8:11 am
The White County Middle School baseball team competed in the CTC Conference tournament last week. The Warriors pick up a win in the must-win game to open up the tournament but were unable to ride that momentum, falling in the next two games.
To open up the tournament, the Warriors picked up a 4-3 win over Warren County to make it into the double elimination part of the tournament. After the win, the Warriors would fall to top-seeded Tullahoma in their second game 10-0, dropping them into the loser’s bracket. In the loser’s bracket, the Warriors would have to face off against Harris Middle School. The Warriors would split their two games with Harris in the regular season, but Harris would win the rubber match against the Warriors 7-5.
In the first game of the tournament, Warren County fired up the offense in the second inning, when an error scored one run for the Pioneers to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Warriors, though, would pull away for good, with three runs in the third inning. In the third, Eli Kelley singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run. Jack Guy would then hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring a run, and Conner Brewington singled on a 0-1 count, bringing in the third Warriors run to make it 3-1.
After Warren County scored a run in the top of the fifth inning to cut the lead to 3-2, the Warriors would answer with a run of their own. Kelly would score on a passed ball to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead.
Warren County would cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning, but a groundout would end the game and give the Warriors the win.
Guy got the start for the Warriors. He surrendered two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out seven. D.J. Paul would come in relief for the Warriors, throwing the final two innings, giving up one run while striking out four.
Seth Green, Brewington, Paul, Logan Brown, and Kelley all had one hit to lead the Warriors.
On Friday, the Warriors would take on #1 seeded Tullahoma Middle School. The Warriors would fall behind early and couldn’t come back in a 10-0 loss to Tullahoma. Tullahoma took the lead in the first inning and never looked back.
Jacob Maples was on the mound for the Warriors. He went three innings, allowing five runs on three hits and striking out three. Paul Keller and Landon Nash entered the game in relief, throwing one and one-third innings and one-third inning respectively.
On Saturday, despite a five-run deficit in the third inning, the Warriors almost came all the way back, eventually falling 7-5 to Harris Middle School. The Warriors scored three runs in the failed comeback on a double by Guy, a single by Logan Brown, and a groundout by Green.
The Warriors couldn’t keep up with Harris early in the game. Harris scored on an error and a wild pitch in the first inning. In the second inning, they would add to the lead, scoring three more runs to make it 5-2. Harris would add two more runs in the top of the third inning to lead 7-2 after three innings of play.
Paul led things off on the hill for the Warriors. He surrendered seven runs on three hits over three and a third innings, striking out five. Green threw three and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Warriors’ offense had nine hits in the game. Paul Brown, and Guy each racked up multiple hits for the Warriors. Paul went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Warriors in hits.
With the losses in the conference tournament, the Warriors end their season with a 6-13 record.