Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 5, 2014

Jets defeat White County 9-8 Thursday night

CROSSVILLE — For the first time since 2004, the Cumberland County High School Jet baseball team won their 20th game, after defeating White County 9-8 in extra innings in the make-up District 6AAA game Thursday night in Sparta.

The win earned Coach David Prichard his 102nd victory at CCHS and sent his squad as the second-place team into game one of the league's two of three series Monday night, thanks to Ryan Burgess' one-out, RBI single in the top of the eighth inning in the seesaw game.

After Thursday's action, CCHS faced the Warren County,  while Cookeville battled the White County in the best two out of three series Monday-Wednesday. Those two winners will play in the league championship game later this week.

Burgess led off the game with a single, but was forced at second base on Ethan Cunningham's grounder; however, a Warrior trhowing error send Cunningham to second.

Warrior starter Blake Lynn retired the next five Jets, allowing his teammates to plate four runs in the bottom of the second for a 3-0 lead off Jet starter Drew Vaden, who gave up singles to Dustin Cole, Ethan Roberts and Daniel Winnett and one walk, before being relieved by Matt Vanlandingham.

Vanlandingham walked Lynn, but retired the next three Warriors to kill the uprising.

Lynn allowed a one-out double to VanLandingham, but the next two Jets to stop that threat.

Dustin Cole  singled to open the bottom of third, but Vanlandingham retired the next 10 Warriors, allowing his teammates to get back into the game.

CCHS took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth on doubles by Grant Parrett and Reed Shaw, a single by Nathaniel Wyatt, a walk, a sacrifice, an error and a wild pitch.

The Jets added two more runs in the top of the fifth on a single by Burgess, a sacrifice, a double by Parrett, a walk and a single by Shaw for the 6-3 lead.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Vanlandingham allowed a single to Austin Glenn and a walk, which brought in Morgan Richards to shut the door; however, Richards allowed a pinch hit single to Tyler Brock, a basesload walk and a three-run double to Jake Young to give the Warriors a 7-6 advantage.

The Jets regained the lead at 8-7 in the top of the seventh on an error, a wild pitch, passed ball, an RBI double by Parrett and  an RBI single by Wyatt; however, Shaw hit into a inning-ending double play.

Dustin Cole opened the bottom of the inning with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on a groundout to tie the game off Richards, who struck out Winnett to end the inning, sending the game into extra innings.

Richards singled to open the eighth. Justin Shipe singled, but Richards was gunned down at third on the play. Vaden struck out, but the Warrior catcher led the ball get away and threw wild at first allowing Shipe to move to third and Vaden to second. Burgess then singled to score Shipe with the go-ahead run. Cunningham flew out into an inning double play with the Jets ahead 8-7.

David Elliott moved from catcher to the mound in the bottom of the eighth. Darin Cole walked, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice, but Elliott struck out Jalen Foster to end the game to earn a save.

Leading hitters for the Jets were Burgess (three for five with an RBI), Cunningham (one for four), Parrett (three for four, two RBs), Wyatt (two for three, one RBI), Shaw (two for four, two RBIs), Richards (one for four), Shipe (one for two) and Vadn (one for two),

Vaden, VanLandingham, Richards and Elliott allowed eight runs and seven hits witih six walks and seven strikeouts.

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