Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 14, 2014

Jets finish 1-2 last week to improve to 14-8


Staffwriter

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County High School Jet baseball team completed last week with a 1-2 record to go to 14-8 on the season, after a 4-3 loss at Dekalb County last Thursday, an 11-7 setback to Walker Valley and an 8-3 win at Livingston Saturday.

Dekalb County 4,  CCHS 3: The Jets fell at Dekalb County in nine innings last Thursday by a score of 4-3. 

Dekalb County  jumped out to a 3-0 lead through five innings by plating a single run in the first, third and fifth innings. 

CCHS answered back with a three run sixth on singles by Ryan Burgess and Matt Ledbetter along with an Ethan Cunningham double. 

The game remained knotted at 3-3 until the bottom of the ninth when Dekalb plated the single winning run. 

Grant Parrett suffered the loss for the Jets throwing a complete 8 1/3 innings allowing only six hits, zero earned runs and six strikeouts. 

"Grant threw a great ballgame for us tonight.  It was his best start of the year on the mound.  Going the distance and giving up no earned runs is a tough way to take a loss.  We got going late offensively and had a chance to put it away in the eighth inning but couldnt capitalize.  Our defense was really sub-par tonight,with seven errors which is not acceptable at all.  We have not shown that all year and we don't need to show it again," said Coach Dave Prichard.

Walker Valley 11, CCHS 7: Walker Valley jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and never relinquished the lead on their way to an 11-7 win  Friday night. 

David Elliott took the loss for the Jets giving up 10 hits through five innings, but only allowing two earned runs. 

The Jets offense scored two runs in the first and took advantage of some Walker Valley mistakes in the fifth to plate five runs, but it wouldn't be enough. 

Leading hitters for the Jets were Ryan Burgess and Matt Ledbetter with two hits a piece. 

"David didn't have his best stuff tonight but he did a great job of competing with what he had and in all honesty he threw well enough for us to get a victory, we just did not make the plays behind him that we should have and let the first inning get out of hand.  Offensively we are better than we showed tonight.  We have identified a few things we need to work on and we will make some adjustments and find a way to get better," added Prichard.

CCHS 8,  Livingston 3: The Jets ended a two-game skid  Saturday by defeating Livingston Academy 8-3. 

Junior Matt Vanlandingham picked up the win throwing four innings allowing one earned run on five hits.  The Jets offense again sputtered out of the gate.

Livingston took a 2-0 lead in the third, but CCHS answered back with two runs in the fourth and three runs each in the fifth and sixth innings.  

Livingston  tacked on a late run, but the Jets remained in control to pick up the win. 

Leading hitters for the Jets were Ethan Cunningham and Nathaniel Wyatt with two hits a piece. 

"Today was a good win for us.  We have struggled the past two games after coming off a big emotional win vs. Warren County on Wednesday.  It was real important for us to regain some confidence heading into our series with Cookeville.  Matt threw well for us today and we got some good bullpen work in for Richards, Jon Hayes and Ledbetter.  Offensively, we made some adjustments and were able to get a few big innings. Today was a good team win," concluded Prichard.

Schedule: CCHS (14-8, 6-3) traveled to Cookeville (7-2) for a big 6AAA game with the Cavaliers and will host Cookeville Tuesday, weather permitting. Should both games be rained out, a double-header will be played Wednesday in Cookeville.

CCHS will spend spring break in East Tennessee, playing in Greeneville Thursday, at Cocke County Friday and at Knox Central Saturday.