Warrior baseball picks up two wins to end five game skid
Posted By Sparta Live | March 31, 2008 12:00 am
The White County High School baseball team picked up a pair of much needed wins ending a five game skid as last week came to a close.
WCHS played host to Bledsoe County Thursday and then welcomed Coffee County to Pearson Park for a game that had been rescheduled from an earlier date. A pair of senior pitchers took the hill for the Warriors picking up the wins.
The Warriors put four runs on the board in their half of the first as they rolled to the 15-5 win over the visiting Warriors from Bledsoe County. Drew Haston got the win in that game. The game against Coffee County went down to the wire with the Warriors plating two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 3-2 win. Wesley Dickson got the win with Bryan Holland coming on to pitch the top of the seventh notching the save.
Friday’s game with Coffee County was a battle from the opening pitch to the final out. The Red Raiders (8-5) defeated Cookeville earlier this week and were looking to make it two in a row over a region foe from District 7AAA. The Warriors had something different in mind.
Dickson worked six innings allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked two on the way to the win.
Each team put runners on board in the first inning, but could not get them across the plate. The second batter for the Raiders singled over third base, but was left stranded. For the Warriors, Roggie Haston led off and reached on an error. He stole second and went to third on a ground ball by Josh Peterson. A strikeout and ground ball left him stranded 90 feet from home.
The two teams each put one run on the board in the second. The lead off batter for Coffee County singled down third base line. After a fly ball to the outfield, a single and walk loaded the bases. A fly ball to left field drove in the first run of the game. A ground ball to Roggie Haston at short got Dickson out of the inning leaving two runners stranded.
The Warriors got that run back in the bottom of the frame. Dickson reached on an error as did the second batter, Zach Jolly. When Jolly reached, Dickson’s courtesy runner, Jordan Armstrong, was thrown out trying for third. Conor Sparkman reached on a fielder’s choice that erased Jolly. After Sparkman stole second, a Jordan Brown single drove him in knotting the score at one.
Innings three through five were scoreless. Dickson faced the minimum nine batters in those three innings even though the second batter in the fourth singled. Warrior catcher Dalton Bain took care of that runner as he threw him out trying to steal second.
The Warriors missed an opportunity in the bottom of the fifth. After the first batter was retired, the next three batters, Bain, Roggie Haston and Josh Peterson, all took walks to load the bases. That brought a new pitcher to the mound for Coffee County. He got out of the inning with a strikeout and pop up leaving the bases full.
The Red Raiders took the lead with a run in the top of the sixth. The first batter walked and moved to second on a balk. Back to back ground balls to short plated the run. Another ground ball to short ended the top half of the frame, but Coffee County now led 2-1.
That lead didn’t last long. Dickson led the inning off by taking a walk, but was thrown out trying to steal second. Dickson was also ejected from the game in the process meaning someone else would have to come to the mound in the seventh inning. Jolly singled. That was followed by back-to-back walks to Sparkman and Brown loading the bases for Bain, who singled home Jolly tying the score at two. In the process Brown was caught between second and third. He made it back to second safely, which allowed Sparkman to score from third in the process. A ground ball and strikeout ending the inning, but WCHS led 3-2 going into the seventh.
Bryan Holland, a junior sidearm pitcher, came on to work the final inning for the Warriors and retired the side in order on three straight ground balls preserving the win.
The Warriors had four hits on the day led by Dalton Bain with two of those. Jordan Brown and Zach Jolly added one hit each.
The Warriors’ win on Thursday was just what the doctor ordered for a team that was in the midst of a five game losing streak. WCHS not only picked up the win, but also did so with the ten-run rule taking the 15-5 win in six innings.
Drew Haston got the start on the mound and pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing three runs on just two hits. He struck out six and walked two. Zach Jolly came on to pitch the final inning and two-thirds giving up two runs on two hits. He walked two batters.
Haston retired the Bledsoe County (10-4) side in order in the top of the first. He got the assist on the first out and then struck out the next two batters.
WCHS went to work offensively right off the bat. Roggie Haston did what a lead off batter is supposed to do – get on base. The junior shortstop coaxed a walk. Back to back singles up the middle by Josh Peterson and Seth McDonald moved Haston around the bases with McDonald getting the RBI. A Wesley Dickson single scored Peterson and moved McDonald to third. He scored from there on a wild pitch. Dickson stole second and then took the next two bases on wild pitches making the fourth run of the inning for WCHS.
Bledsoe put two runs on the board in the top of the second. The lead off batter homered. A two-out walk was followed by a double plating the second run of the game for Bledsoe.
WCHS got those two runs plus three more back in the bottom half of the stanza. Sparkman, a freshman who has moved into the starting line-up for the Warriors, singled with one out and stole second. Roggie Haston reached on an infield single when the opposing shortstop chose to hold Sparkman at second and didn’t throw to first. A walk to Peterson loaded the bases. McDonald singled and went to second on an error. That plated two runs. Drew Haston followed with a triple driving in two more runs. A sacrifice fly by Dickson scored Jolly, Haston’s courtesy runner. That increased the Warrior lead to 9-2.
Neither team would score again until the top of the fifth when the visiting Warriors plated two runs. Haston struck out the first batter and walked the second. Warrior coach, Brian Everett brought Jolly to the mound at that point. A single and an error put the batter at third and scored the runner. A single scored another run. A pair of fly balls got Jolly out of the inning with the Warriors leading 9-4.
WCHS added a run in the bottom of the inning. Jolly led off with a single and was joined on base by Roggie Haston (walk) and Peterson (hit by pitch) loading the bases. McDonald reached on a fielder’s choice that scored courtesy runner, Jordan Armstrong, but erased Haston.
Bledsoe answered with a run in the top of the sixth. After issuing a lead off walk, Jolly got the next two batters to fly out. On the second fly ball, a throwing error on the double play attempt moved the runner to third. After a walk, the runner scored from third on a double steal.
WCHS, leading 10-5 going into the bottom of the sixth, decided it was time for the game to end. Ethan Tollison led the frame off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. James Guth reached on an error that put him at second base. Bain also reached on an error that scored Guth. Bain wound up at third. His courtesy runner, Armstrong, scored on a wild pitch. Jolly walked. Back to back singles by Roggie Haston and Peterson loaded the bases. McDonald took a walk plating Jolly. Drew Haston’s single scored his brother from third ending the game with the ten-run mercy rule.
The Warriors got 13 hits in the game from nine different hitters. The Haston brothers, along with Josh Peterson and Seth McDonald, had two hits each.
WCHS, who is now 3-5 overall, gets back into District 7AAA action to start the week with a series against Warren County. They travel to McMinnville Monday and play host to the Pioneers Tuesday. They step out of district play at the end of the week against a pair of Class AA teams. They host neighboring DeKalb County Thursday and travel to Baxter Friday to take on Upperman.