Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

May 3, 2012

Stone wins 12 to 2 to advance in district tourney

CROSSVILLE — Wednesday night the SMHS Panthers faced a must-win situation to stretch their season into District 4AA Tournament action against Scott County and responded with a 12-2 decision to advance into Thursday night's action at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK).

The Loudon-SMHS winner takes on CAK, while Kingston faces Alcoa in the winners' portion of the bracket. The double elimination tournament continues next week at CAK.

Senior Jared South brought home the win, while senior Cameron Thompson pocketed the save in the run rule, shortened five inning game. 

South shut out the Highlanders in three complete innings pitched, allowing only three hits and one walk. Thompson allowed two runs on one hit, three strikeouts and four walks in his two innings pitched.

Brian Frye led off the bottom of the first inning with a hit, but was

called out the first of two times for slinging his bat.

Brandon Cole was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the second, stole second and scored on a Nathan Greene double. South singled, sending courtesy runner Thompson to second. Both runners advanced on a balk, which plated Thompson. Singles by designated hitter John Martin, Mark McDonald, Luke Matthews and Jared Beaty kept the runs coming.

Cole walked for a second time, before Greene flied out to center field to post a six-run lead. Runners were left at first and third.

South helped his own cause with a leadoff double in the third and stole third. Sawyer Case was grazed by a pitch.  Martin roped another single to right with McDonald reaching on a shortstop fielding error. Matthews   singled, but was stranded at second with the Panthers ahead by 10.

Scott County posted two runs in the top of the fourth on a hit, two walks and a fielding error.

The Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth on two walks and a single by Martin.  Thompson held the visitor's scoreless in the fifth with the game ending dramatically on a called third strike.

(Tracie Greene contributed information for this story.)

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