The CCHS Jets baseball squad emerged from the inaugural District 6-AAA In-Season Tournament with a 2-2 Record and tied for second place in the district.
On Friday, the Jets fell to Cookeville by a score of 12-0.
"Cookeville has a solid ball club. Any time you have 16 seniors, you know its going to be a special year. I think its no secret they are the class of our district. That being said, they aren't invincible and hopefully, when we meet later in the year, we will be playing some of our best baseball. We were simply outmatched today and are not at the level we will need to be in order to compete with them," said Coach Dave Prichard.
Ethan Cunningham was the losing pitcher, while Cunningham, Tayler Houston, Bobby Uebelacke, Reed Shaw and Dylan Fehr had one hit each.
In the nightcap on Friday, the Jets managed to score a 2-1 victory over Coffee County in an eight-inning affair.
"I'm extremely proud of how our guys rebounded after the Cookeville game and managed to keep their composure in a very tight ballgame. Right now, Coffee County is hitting the ball better than we are, but we got a superb performance from Aaron Jones in a complete game effort and we were able to put enough pressure on Coffee County to force some mistakes and pick up a hard-fought win. There were several times in that game where our guys could have folded and didn't. Coffee County had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh with one out and we worked out of it. I couldn't be more proud of our guys. Hats off to Morgan Richards, as well, for getting a huge assist throwing out the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth to win the game. It wasn't a pretty win by any means, but we will take it," added Prichard
Jones was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run on six hits with 10 strikeouts in eight innings.
On Saturday, the Jets opened with White County and suffered a hard fought loss 3-1.
"This game was one that could have gone either way and, hopefully, at the end of the year we won't be kicking ourselves for not getting this one. We simply couldn't get a big two-out hit that we needed. White County is potentially as deep as any team in our district on the mound and they are going to be tough down the road. We really missed an opportunity today but its not because our kids didn't compete. We simply couldn't get a timely hit and sometimes that happens. Tayler Houston pitched well enough to win, we just need to pick it up offensively," stated Prichard.
Houston was the losing pitcher, allowing one earned run on six hits with two strikeouts. Morgan Richards pitched one inning and gave up one hit.
Houston had two hits, while Ryan Burgess, Bobby Uebelacker, Reed Shaw and Dylan Fehr had one hit each.
In Saturday's second game, the Jets took down the Pioneers of Warren County 4-3.
"This was another very exciting and fairly well played game for it to be early in the year. Warren really came out and put a lot of pressure on us and took a 2-0 lead early. It was good to see our guys respond and score a run in the bottom of the first and to not get down. Our bats started to come around a little and we got a three spot in the 3rd and managed to hang on to it and close the game out. It was really nice to see our guys respond under that kind of pressure. Hats off to Matt Ledbetter for an extremely well pitched game. We have been on him hard early this year because he hasn't played up to his potential but Saturday night was a great example of how good he can be. If Aaron and Matt can pitch for us like they did this weekend we will be right in the thick of this district race," stated Prichard.
Ledbetter was the winning pitcher, allowing two earned runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts. Reed Shaw was two for three with two RBIs, and Ledbetter was two for three with one RBI.
"It was a fun weekend and the district tournament concept really played out well. As a district we really wanted to add a 3rd game against everyone but a three-game series just wasn't feasible with travel. We decided to give this tournament a shot and it worked out really well. Warren County also did a good job hosting it. We have already talked about the possibility of continuing it next year and potentially bringing it to Crossville," concluded Prichard.
Schedule: The Jets will host Livingston Thursday and travel to Livingston on Friday. This is a change from the original schedule.