By Ed Greif
The CCHS Jets baseball team celebrated senior night by defeating the York Institute Dragons 12-7 in the last regular season non-district game at Jet Park, after notching a 2-1 win at Upperman Thursday evening.
Prior to the first pitch, seniors Tayler Houston, Cameron O'Rourke, Dylan Fehr, Aaron Jones, Bobby Uebelacker and Wesley Hall (manager) were recognized by coaches Dave Prichard, Charles Alva, Chris Higdon and Kyle Cokkinias.
Houston started on the hill for the Jets and allowed three base runners, two on errors and on via walk, but no runs scored.
The Jets took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning on an error and consecutive singles by Houston, Reed Shaw and Ethan Cunningham, three stolen bases and a groundout.
Freshman David Elliott replaced Houston on the hill in the top of the second and allowed one base runner on an error, but retired the side with no further damage.
CCHS added one run in the bottom of the second on a single by Uebelacker, three stolen bases and an error for a 4-0 advantage.
Elliott ran into trouble in the top of the third. Joseph Haley led off with a solo homer, and after a walk, Tyler Goad belted a two-run dinger over the left centerfield fence.
After two walks and a single to load the bases, Jacob Hayes replaced Elliott, retiring one batter, before allowing a single to Caleb Stephens, but Blake Anthony, throwing to score on Stephen's hit, was nailed at the plate on a throw from Cunningham to O'Rourke to Uebelacher to retire the side, but the Dragons led 5-4.
York stretched the lead to 7-4 in the top of the fourth inning. After one out, Hayes gave up a double to Cullen Roysden and back to back singles to Goad and Tyler Smith.
Matt VanLandingham replaced Hayes and struck out C.J. Alexander; however, a Jet error put another run on base. Anthony singled to center, but Ledbetter rifled a strike to Uebelacher who tagged out Smith trying to score on the hit.
VanLandingham allowed a walk and a single over the next three innings, giving his teammates the opportunity to rally for the victory.
With two out in the bottom of the fourth, O'Rourke reached on an error. Fehr singled and Ryan Burgess singled home O'Rourke, sending Fehr to third. After Burgess swiped second, Ledbetter slammed a home run over the right field fence for an 8-7 advantage.
CCHS scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth two passed balls after on two strikeouts, a groundout, a stolen base and O'Rourke's sacrifice fly, and added an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth for the 12-7 victory.
Houston, Elliott, Hayes and VanLandingham combined for seven runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and four walks. VanLandingham earned the victory.
Houston had two hits for the Jets, while Burgess, Ledbetter, Shaw, Uebelacker and Fehr each poked one hit.
CCHS 2, Upperman 1:The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Upperman scored their lone run as a result of a leadoff single, a stolen base, a Jets error and a sacrifice fly. The Jets were unable muster any offense, as they were hitless through five innings.
In the sixth, Ryan Burgess led off with a double, stole third and scored on a Tayler Houston groundout to knot the game at 1-1.
In the seventh, Nathaniel Wyatt led off with a single. A sacrifice bunt by Bobby Uebelacker moved him to third. With one out, senior Cameron Orourke walked and continued to second base creating a rundown situation that plated Wyatt for the 2-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, Upperman made it interesting putting the tying run at third and the go ahead run at second with two outs, but a groundout ended the threat.
Morgan Richards was the winning pitcher, allowing one run on five hits with walks and four strikeouts.
"Morgan really threw well for us tonight. Offensively, we didn't really play well at all but managed to execute when it counted and we will take a win however we can get it," said Coach Dave Prichard.
Reed Shaw, Ryan Burgess and Ethan Cunningham were each one for three.
Schedule: The Jets close out their District 6AAA schedule this week, hosting White County tonight at 5:30 p.m. and traveling to White County Wednesday, as Monday's game was rained out. The Jets will travel to Meigs County Thursday.
The district tournament begins Saturday with the fourth seed hosting the fifth seed at 6 p.m.