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Weekend Warriors

Straight Burr and the Straight News

by ChrisTopher Wiles

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I wrestled with what to write concerning the weekend at the Cure 4 Cancer tournament in Gatlinburg.  I could tell you how much fun it was bonding with the guys with late night trips to McDonald's, heckling the soccer team, and helping players get their cashier's phone number.  I could tell you about the amazing diving catches, towering homeruns, and dependable defensive stops.  I could tell you about the passion in the coaching, the power in the pitching, or the pride of the fans.  Yet, I'm stuck on one moment that keeps me laughing that is worth sharing.  I'll call it the "Straight Burr" moment. 

The Warriors are fighting hard in a losing first game to a team that was dominating with bats.  The first baseman for the opponent has blocked the base on a couple of inside throws and our boys are trying hard to avoid unnecessary injury with a collision, but it clearly irritates our players.  Emotions are running high and tight like Mav's brushback pitches. I'm watching from the kneeling position I've adopted in front of the dugout fence when I hear Junior Zach Burrier overhead say something to the effect of "That 1st base will move out of the way when he sees 215lbs of straight Burr coming at him!"  It was exactly what we needed to lighten the mood as the entire dugout erupts in laughter.  Zach Burrier is an excellent ball player with a heart of gold always displaying tremendous sportsmanship.  The uncharacteristic "Straight Burr" comment was pure ironic gold.  I think we could all do with a little more Straight Burr in our lives!

The Warriors ended up a respectable 2-2 on the weekend, and I grew in love for this team.  
 

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The rest was written from Andy Southard and posted on the Expositor Website. 
 

WCHS baseball wins 2 of 4 in Cure 4 Cancer tourney

by  | March 19, 2018 9:32 AM

 

The Warrior baseball team competed in the Cure 4 Cancer tournament played in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area over the weekend and split their four games.

They picked up wins over Seymour (4-2) and Halls (13-2) but suffered losses to Gibbs (9-0) and Greenback (8-6).

WCHS began tournament play Friday against Gibbs. Gibbs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Warriors with back-to-back home runs. Gibbs would pick up a single run in the third and fourth innings to push their lead to 4-0 at the end of four innings of play. In the fifth inning, Gibbs would add to their lead, picking up two runs, and they would put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning, with a three-run inning to push their lead to 9-0.

The Warriors would get one hit in the game, and that came from Tucker Allen in the fifth inning when he hit a two-out single, but that’s the only offense the Warriors could muster.

Drew Young got the start on the hill for the Warriors. Young went three innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Young would strike out three while walking one.

Dustin Guy and Maverick Jennings would throw the final three innings of relief giving up three runs each.

In the Warriors ‘second game against Seymour, the Warriors would trail Seymour 2-1 heading into the top of the third inning. The Warriors would plate three runs in the inning to push their lead to 4-2. Young would drive in one run in the inning, and Jason Maxwell would take the first pitch he saw over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead.

The Warriors would get their first run of the game in the first inning when Young hit a ground ball but would reach on an error. The error would allow Frankie Del Toro to scamper around and score from second base to give the Warriors the early 1-0 lead.

Seymour would score a single run in the first and second innings to take a 2-1 lead.

Allen got the start on the hill for the Warriors. Allen went three innings. He gave up two runs on three hits. Allen would strike out one while walking one.

Hayden Farris would throw the next three innings for the Warriors. Farris wouldn’t give up a hit and would strike out four while walking only two. Maxwell would pick up his first save of the season, going the final inning. Maxwell would give up one hit. He would strike out one and walk one.

In the first game on Saturday, the Warriors’ bats would come alive. The Warriors would strike for 11 hits and score 13 runs. The big blow came in the fourth inning when they struck for five runs. Warriors would get a double from David Smith that scored one. Followed by a double from Eli McDonald that scored another, a single from Macon Girdley and Dyson Reece that scored one run each, and a sacrifice fly from Chris Mills that scored another. The Warriors would lead 10-0 at the end of the fourth inning.

In the fourth inning, the Warriors would also add four more runs on a Maxwell home run, his second of the tournament. This was a grand slam that put the Warriors ahead 5-0.

The Warriors would add three more runs in the sixth inning that would force the game to be called due to run-rule with the Warriors picking up the 13-2 win.

Holden Howard got the start for the Warriors. Howard went five innings giving up four hits and two runs. Howard also struck out three while walking two.

Zach Burrier would come in relief for Howard and throw the sixth inning. Burrier would give up a hit but didn’t give up a run. Burrier also struck out two while only walking one.

In the final game of the tournament, the Warriors would trail 6-0 to Greenback in the second inning. The Warriors would almost comeback, but they would run out of steam falling 8-6.

The Warriors would pick up their first two runs in the fourth inning on a groundout by McDonald and Jacob Sparks to make it 6-2.

In the fifth inning, the Warriors would tie the game up, scoring four times in the inning. Smith would drive in two runs on a single to right field that scored Farris and Mills to cut the lead to 6-4. Maxwell would come up next and take a 1-1 pitch over the left centerfield fence for a two-run home run to tie the game up at 6-6. This was Maxwell’s third home run of the tournament.

However, Greenback would strike for two runs in the sixth inning to cut the Warriors’ comeback short, and the Warriors would fall 8-6.

Mills got the start for the Warriors. Mills lasted an inning and two-thirds, giving up six runs (0 earned) on one hit. Mills struck out two hitters and walked three.

Grant Slatten came in relief of Mills. Slatten went three and a third innings and didn’t give up a hit. Slatten walked three and struck out two hitters.

Will Griggs gave up two hits, two runs, and walked one.

After the weekend, the Warriors sit at 3-3 on the season. 

Posted by Topher Wiles Thursday, March 22, 2018 9:48:00 AM Categories: Coach's Corner Expositor

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