Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 7, 2014

Jets win three games to extend winning streak to six games

CROSSVILLE — The CCHS Jet baseball team finished last week with wins over York Institute last Thursday and two wins Saturday over Livingston and Cocke County to extend their winning streak to six games, while Friday's game at Smith County was rained out and will not be made up.

CCHS 8, York 2: The Jets swept the season series with York Institute, winning 8-2 in Jamestown last Thursday afternoon.

Grant Parrett picked up the win for the Jets, as he allowed two runs over five innings with seven strikeouts and six hits.

Drew Vaden held the Dragons hitless over two innings with two strikeouts.

CCHS scored three runs in the inning on a walk, an RBI double by Parrett and an RBI single by Matt Ledbetter.

Ethan Cunninghan boosted his batting average with a two for two day on fourth and sixth inning singles.

David Elliott's RBI double in the fourth inning plated Cunningham.

CCHS tacked on two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh for the 8-2 victory.

CCHS 7, Livingston 3: The Jets had timely hitting and outstanding pitching en route to their victory Saturday afternoon.

Drew Vaden pitched five innings, allowing three runs on no hits with six strikeouts and five walks, while Matt Vanlandingham hurled the last two innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout to earn a save.

Grant Parrett had two hits with two RBIs, including a solo homer, while designated hitter Justin Shipe cracked two hits. Ryan Burgess, Matt Ledbetter, Nathaniel Wyatt, Ethan Cunningham, David Elliott and Morgan Richards each smacked one hit.

After Vaden retired the side in the top of the first inning, his teammates gave him all the runs he needed - five - in the bottom half of the inning on doubles by Burgess and Ledbetter, singles by Parrett, Wyatt, Elliott and Richards, a sacrifce by Reed Shaw and a walk.

Vaden loaded the bases in the bottom of the second, but he and his teammates worked out of the jam.

The Jets made it 7-0 in the bottom of the second on Parrett's solo homer, a single by Ledbetter, an error and a wild pitch.

One Wildcat reached in the top of the third on an error, but was caught stealing on a throw from Vaden to Shaw to Wyatt for the out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the third, Elliott reached on an error and Shipe singled, but both runners were retired on a double play, while attempting a double steal.

Livingston scored three runs in the top of the fourth on four walks, a ground out and several passed balls and wild pitches to slice the score to 7-3.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Parrett singled, but was thrown out by shortstop Kaleb Qualls who turned Ledbetter's line drive into a season-ending double play.

Vaden retired the side in order in the fifth with the 7-3 lead, with Vanlandingham allowing two hits with one strikeout and a hitbatsman over the last two innings to earn a save.

CCHS put baserunners in both the fifth and sixth innings, but couldn't add any insurance runs.

CCHS 10, Cocke County 7: Elliott moved from catcher to the mound in the second game of the day to record the victory in six innings, allowed seven runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts, while Richards pitched the seventh inning for a save, allowing two walks.

Burgess cracked three hits with two RBIs, while Elliott had two hits with RBI. Parrett, Shaw, Cunningham and Ricards each poked one hit.

After a scoreless first inning, the Jets took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a hitbatsman, a walk, a groundout, a single by Burgess and three passed balls, as Elliot kept the Cocke County at bay, allowing just one hit and one walk over three innings.

The Jets exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 7-0 advantage on three walks, a fielder's choice, singles by Elliott and Burgess, a double by Richards, three passed balls and a wild pitch.

The Fighting "Game"cocks proved their name well, as they scored twice in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Jordan Allen, but unable to convert an error, a sacrifce and a walk into any more runs.

The Jets made it 8-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning on hitbatsman, a walk, a single by Cunningham and a sacrifce fly by Elliott.

Cocke County scored four times in the top of the fifth to slice the gap to 8-6 on two singles, two walks, an error and a fielder's choice.

The Jets made it 10-6 in the bottom of fifth on Shaw's two-out, two-run double after a single by Parrett, an error and a passed ball.

Cocke County added one more run in the sixth off Elliott to make it 10-7, but Richards came in in the top of the seventh to shut the door on the Jets' win.

Schedule: CCHS (12-5, 5-2) will travel to Warren County tonight, as Monday's home with the Pioneers was postponed and be played Wednesday, starting at 5:30 p.m with junior varsity game.

The team will travel to DeKalb County Thursday, host Walker Valley Friday and travel to Livingston Saturday for a make-up game.

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