David Smith throws a pitch in Thursday night’s win over Stone Memorial. Smith picked up the save, on Thursday night, throwing the final two innings of the game and striking out four of the six batters he faced.
The White County High School Warriors’ baseball team had to come from behind, on Thursday night, to pick up their second district win of the season against Stone Memorial High School. The Warriors led the Panthers 4-2 heading into the fifth inning. Stone would score four runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead over the Warriors heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. However, the Warriors would get three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 7-6 lead. Junior pitcher David Smith would enter in the game in the top of the sixth inning for the Warriors and pitch the final two innings. Smith wouldn’t give up a hit and strike out four while picking up the save, as the Warriors would win 7-6 to move to 4-3 on the season and 2-1 in District 6AAA play.
Neither team could get much going in the first inning, but the Warriors would strike for three runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Eli McDonald would get the inning going with a walk. His courtesy runner, Dawson Ogletree, would take second and third on passed balls. Macon Girdley would then walk to put runners on first and third with nobody out. Will Griggs would then step to play for the Warriors and single to center field scoring Ogletree and moving Girdley’s courtesy runner Grant Slatten to third and giving the Warriors the 1-0 lead. The Warriors would get their second run of the game when Griggs would take second base, and Slatten would scamper home on the play to put the Warriors up 2-0. The Warriors would pick up their final run of the inning when Griggs would take home on a passed ball, and the Warriors would lead 3-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Warriors would add another run to push their lead to 4-0. Smith would get hit by a pitch to give the Warriors a baserunner with nobody out. Smith would move up to second on a bad pickoff play, and he would later score on an McDonald single to center field to put the Warriors up 4-0.
Stone Memorial would strike for two runs in the top of the fourth inning and four runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 lead.
However, the Warriors would answer in the bottom of the fifth with three runs of their own to retake the lead 7-6. Hayden Farris would lead off the inning with a walk. He would advance to second and then third on wild pitches putting a runner on third with nobody out. Drew Young would then walk to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Jacob Sparks would come up next for the Warriors. The first pitch he saw would head to the backstop and Farris would score to cut the Panthers lead to 6-5. Sparks would walk three pitches later to put runners on the corners again. Jason Maxwell would then come up for the Warriors. Maxwell would do what he has done all season and drive in Young to tie the game up at 6-6. The single would also advance Sparks to third and give the Warriors a runner on third with nobody out. McDonald was up next for the Warriors. He would hit a deep fly ball to right field that would score Sparks and give the Warriors a 7-6 lead.
That would be all the run support Smith would need, as he would close the game and help the Warriors pick up the 7-6 win.
Girdley got the start for the Warriors on the hill. Girdley would go four and two thirds, giving up zero hits, five runs (one earned), while striking out three and walking one. Maverick Jennings picked up the final out of the fifth inning for the Warriors and picked up the win.
McDonald led the Warriors at the plate, as he went two for two and picked up two RBI’s. Smith, Maxwell, and Griggs also picked up a hit in the win.
The Warriors will return to action district action this week, as they take on Cookeville in a two-game series. On March 26, the Warriors will head to Cookeville, and, on March 27, the Warriors will return home to host Cookeville for their final game against each other of the regular season. The Warriors and the Cavaliers have already faced off once this year, with Cookeville picking up the 3-2 walk-off win over the Warriors at Cookeville, on March 12. The Warriors will look to even the series, on Monday night, and then pick up the series win, on Tuesday night. Both games are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.