Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 17, 2014

Ledbetter pitches Jets over Cookeville

CROSSVILLE — The CCHS Jets picked up a big district win over the visiting Cookeville Cavaliers Wednesday night by a final score of 8-4 to improve to 14-8 overall.

Senior Matt Ledbetter picked up the win, tossing a complete game allowing four runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts. 

The Jets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with the help of a two-out David Elliott double and an RBI single by Grant Parrett. 

"CCHS never surrendered the lead, but Cookeville did not go down without a fight," said Coach Dave Prichard. 

After surrendering a run in the second to cut the lead to 3-1, the Jets answered by plating two more runs with the help of a Nathaniel Wyatt double and a Cookeville error. 

The lead was cut to 5-3 in the fourth as Cookeville continued to battle. 

The Jets again answered back with three more runs to push their lead to 8-3 in the fifth.  Cookeville managed one more run late, but Ledbetter and the Jets held on for the district win.  Leading hitters for the Jets were Ryan Burgess, Nathaniel Wyatt, Grant Parrett and Morgan Richards with two hits each  "Tonight was a big win for us.  I can't say enough about how hard our guys battled tonight against a good opponent. Coach Butch Chaffin does a fantastic job at Cookeville and anytime you get a solid win like that its good.  We had so many guys step up tonight.  We have pressed them on improving their defense and tonight we did the job supporting Matt who threw a great game.  We have put ourselves in a good position with four district games left.  We have three games this weekend and we have to go back to work and find a way to keep improving.  I'm really proud of these guys," added Prichard.

After Wednesday's league action, Cookeville leads the district at 8-3, followed by CCHS (7-4), Warren County (6-5), White County (6-5), SMHS (4-7) and Rhea County (2-9).

CCHS will spend the remainder of spring break in upper East Tennessee, playing at Greeneville Thursday, Cocke County Friday and Knox Carter Saturday.

The Jets return to district play Monday at SMHS, with the Panthers coming to Jet Park Tuesday. Both of these games begin at 5:30 p.m.

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