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Warrior baseball splits doubleheader with Rhea County

by ANDY SOUTHARD | April 19, 2018 1:48 PM

Eli McDonald takes a cut. McDonald helped lead the Warriors to the win, on Tuesday. McDonald went 2-for-4 in the second game against Rhea County and drove in two runs.

With Mother Nature again figuring into spring sports still on Monday, the White County High School baseball team had to rearrange their schedule and played host to Rhea County, on Tuesday afternoon, for a pair of games.

The Warriors and the Eagles each had their big games, with both teams picking up a lopsided victory over the other team. In the first game, with the Warriors trailing 3-1 heading into the top of the sixth inning, Rhea County would score five runs over the final two innings to take an 8-1 lead. The Warriors would try and make a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, cutting the edge to 8-3. However, that’s as close as they would get, as Rhea County would get a fly out to end the game and pick up the win.

In the second game, the Warriors would use a big third inning to put the game away early. The Warriors would score six runs in the inning to push their lead to 8-2. The Warriors would add a single run in the fourth inning and fifth inning to push their lead to 10-2, and that would be the final.

In the first game, the Warriors would fall behind early and couldn’t come back in the 8-3 loss to Rhea County. Rhea County would take the lead in the first inning on a double that would plate two runs to give them an early 2-0 lead. Rhea County would add a single run in the top of the fourth inning to push their lead to   3-0.

However, the Warriors would answer in the bottom of the fourth inning with a run of their own. Jason Maxwell would single to lead off the inning. Eli McDonald would be up next, but he would ground into a fielder’s choice, with Rhea County throwing to second to get Maxwell. Drew Young would be up next for the Warriors. Young would take a 1-1 pitch to left field for a double, scoring Dawson Ogletree and cut the lead to 3-1.

In the fifth inning, the Warriors looked to break the game open or cut into the lead, with the bases loaded and only one out, but Rhea County would get a strikeout and a fly out to put an end to the Warriors’ chances. Rhea County would go on to score two runs in the top of the sixth inning and three runs in the top of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 8-1.

The Warriors would cut into Rhea County’s lead in the bottom of the seventh inning when David Smith would double to score Chris Mills, who would lead off the inning with a single, and cut the lead to 8-2. Young would then walk with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 8-3, but Rhea County would close out the game getting the Warriors to fly out and end the game with Rhea County winning 8-3.

Macon Girdley took the loss for the Warriors. He lasted four and a third innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out one. Maverick Jennings would throw the final two and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.

Smith led the Warriors at the plate finishing the game with two hits. Hayden Farris, Tucker Allen, Maxwell, Mills, and Young all finished with a hit for the Warriors.

In the second game, on Tuesday night, the Warriors big six-run third inning sealed the game for the Warriors.

Rhea County would jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a sac fly and a single.

However, the Warriors would tie things up in the bottom of the second inning. Girdley would lead off the inning with a walk, and McDonald would follow that up with a single to left field that would move Girdley up to third base. Ogletree would then courtesy run for McDonald and would steal second base to put runners on first and second with one out. Young would come up and hit a sacrifice fly that would score Girdley and cut the lead to 2-1. Farris would be up next for the Warriors. He would take a 1-2 pitch and single, scoring Ogletree and tie the game up at 2-2.

The Warriors would have a clean inning in the top of the third inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Warriors’ offense would explode. Mills would lead off the inning with a single, a pitch would hit Smith, and Girdley would walk to load the bases with one out. McDonald would then come up and single, scoring Mills to give the Warriors the 3-2 lead. Cameron Beasley would then walk to push the lead to 4-2, and Young would follow that up with a single, scoring two runs to push the lead to 6-2. Allen would deliver the final blow, singling to centerfield, scoring both Beasley and Young to push the Warriors’ lead to 8-2.

In the fourth inning, the Warriors would extend their lead to 9-2 when Smith and Maxwell would hit back-to-back doubles to put runners on second and third with nobody out. McDonald would then reach on an error that would score Will Griggs, who was Smith’s courtesy runner from third base, to push the lead to 9-2. The Warriors would add another run in the bottom of the fifth inning to push the lead to 10-2, and that would be the final.

Smith was credited with the victory for the Warriors. He surrendered two runs on two hits over six innings, striking out seven. Maxwell came out of the bullpen to throw the final inning in relief.

The Warriors racked up 11 hits in the win. McDonald, Smith, and Allen each managed two hits to lead the Warriors.

With the split, the Warriors move to 7-8 on the season and 3-6 in District 6AAA play. The Warriors will return to action this weekend when they take part in the Trojan Classic. The Warriors will play two games, on Friday, and then turn around, on Saturday, and play two more. On Friday, the Warriors will take on Halls, at 4 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. CT, and then turn around and play Ooltewah 8:45 et/7:45 CT, with both games being played at Ooltewah High School. On Saturday, the Warriors will play in back-to-back games, with the first game against Red Bank High School, at 10 p.m. et/ 9 pm CT. The Warriors will turn around and play East Hamilton High School, at 12:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 CT. Both of the Warriors’ Saturday games will be played at East Hamilton High School.


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