Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 6, 2014

Richards’ walk-off hit beats Warren County

CROSSVILLE — Morgan Richard's two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the CCHS Jets a 3-2 victory over the Warren County Pioneers in game one of District 6AAA's best two-out-of -three series at Jet Park Monday night.

David Elliott singled to right to open the inning, moved to second on Ethan Cunningham's sacrifice and scored on Richards' single when the ball dropped between three Pioneers in short right centerield.

Coach David Prichard's squad is one win from making their first appearance in the Region 3AAA Tournament since a 2-1 loss at Soddy-Daisy in 1998. Current assistant coach Chris Higdon was a member of that team.

Warren County centerfielder Park Hilliard singled with one out in the top of the first, but was thrown out by Elliott attempting to swipe second to end the inning.

Ryan Burgess, Grant Parrett, Matt Ledbetter and Nathaniel Wyatt ripped back-to-back-to-back-to back singles to open the game, with Burgess scoring on Ledbetters' hit for the 1-0 advantage.

Pioneer starter Will Sweeton then struck out Reed Shaw and got Elliott to hit into an inning-ending double-play.

Warren County tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second on a one-out walk to Isaac Golden, a single by Lucas Rogers, an error and hitbatsman off Ledbetter, who gave up a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth.

Sweeton hit Burgess to open the bottom of the third, but the Jet shortstop was picked off at first; however, Cunningham ripped a leadoff homer in the bottom of the fourth to give the Jets a 2-1 lead.

Warren County tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth on two errors, a sacrfice fly and a single by Hilliard.

After giving up the single to Hilliard, Ledbetter retired the next four Pioneers, before allowing a leadoff single to Hunter Mullican in the top of the seventh. Mullican was picked off at first by Elliott, but Ledbetter walked Golden, who was thrown out at second on Rogers' grounder. Rogers was forced out at second to end the inning.

Sweeton walked Ledbetter in the bottom of the sixth, but retired the next two Jets, who rallied with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for the victory.

Ledbetter was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts and was one for two from the plate with an RBI.

Burgess and Wyatt each poked two hits, while Richards, Elliott and Parrett each smacked one hit.

The Jets traveled to Warren County Tuesday night for the second game of the series, with a third game back at Jet Park tonight, if necessary. Cookeville defeated White County 12-3 Monday in the first game of that series, with the Cavaliers playing the Warriors in Sparta Tuesday night. A third game, if necessary, will be played tonight in Cookeville.

The two winners will play for the district championship Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at the highest seed. Both teams advance into next week's region tournament.

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