March 14, 2013

Area prep roundup: Mountaineers rally past Cats on diamond


Christian Heritage 5, Trion 3: The visiting Bulldogs loaded the bases in the seventh and scored a pair of runs, but the Lions held off the threat and held on for the Sub-region 6A-A victory.

Michael McKinney turned in a complete-game effort for Christian Heritage (4-4, 2-1). The senior allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Ian Robbins went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Lions offensively. Jake Stokes had an RBI triple, Chase Tidwell chipped in an RBI double and McKinney helped himself with a sacrifice fly.

“Michael pitched well and hopefully we’re getting the defense solidified, but we need to be a little bit more aggressive at the plate,” Lions coach Noah Stokes said.

Sonoraville 11, Southeast Whitfield 1: The Raiders struggled on the road — they had more errors (five) than hits (three) — and the non-league matchup was shortened to five innings by the run rule.

“It was just one of those games where we didn’t hit it, didn’t catch it, didn’t throw it,” Southeast coach Brad Lofton said. “We just didn’t show up tonight.”

Austin Purkey scored the lone run for the Raiders (3-4), reaching first base on an error, advancing to second base on another error, moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on yet another error.

Tyler Hale worked the first three innings on the mound for Southeast, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and no walks while striking out two. Devin Gentry allowed the remaining runs — three were earned — on five hits and two walks.

North Murray JV 3, Dalton 2: Blake Burris’ single up the middle drove in the winning run for the Mountaineers (1-2), who trailed 2-1 entering the fifth inning. Austin Lents had two hits, one of them a double, and collected a pair of RBIs, including the game-tying single in the fifth.

• Northwest’s junior varsity team was swept in a doubleheader at Gordon Lee, falling 17-6 in the first game and 9-6 in the second.

Ty Pendley finished the day 5-for-7 to lead the Bruins (2-2) at the plate, while Caleb Shiflett was 3-for-6 with a double. Aaron Ball was 2-for-2 in the first game.

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