Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 2, 2013

CCHS ends regular season District 6AAA play

By Ed Greif
Sports editor

CROSSVILLE — The CCHS baseball team ended the District 6AAA regular season by dropping their final home-and-home series with White County, losing 4-2 Tuesday night at Jet Park and 8-3 Wednesday evening in Sparta; however, the two teams will meet again in fourth seed/fifth seed game of the league tournament Saturday night in Sparta.

The winner will advance into a best of two out of three series against top seed Cookeville beginning Monday, while Coffee County host Warren County in the other best two out of three series. The two best of three game series winners will play for the championship on May 9 and a berth in the region tournament, beginning May 13.

White County 4, CCHS 2: The Warriors spoiled the Jets home finale with a 4-2 victory, which was a pitcher's duel between CCHS' Matt Ledbetter and WCHS' Ethan Roberts.

Roberts won the duel, allowing two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and two walks, while Jake Young cracked three hits with two RBIs.

Ledbetter hurled 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts and four walks, while Morgan Richards worked the last 2/3 of an inning, allowing one hit with one K and one walk.

Designated hitter Reed Shaw and first baseman Dylan Fehr had two hits with one RBI.

Ledbetter's teammates gave him a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, when Shaw was hit by a pitch and sacrificed to second by Ethan Cunnningham. Nathaniel Wyatt walked, and Bobby Uebelacker reached on catcher's interference to load the bases. Shaw scored on a balk, and Wyatt scored on Fehr's two-out single.

Shaw singled in the third, while Ryan Burgess singled in the fifth and Ledbetter walked, but both were picked off trying to steal second.

CCHS put two runners on in the sixth. Shaw singled and was balked to second, and Cunningham walked.

Cameron O'Rourke led off the seventh with a single and moved to third on Fehr's second single. Fehr took second on the throw to the infield. The next three Jets struck out to end the game.

Ledbetter struck out four batters in the first inning, with one of those reaching on a passed ball, and retired the side in the second.

Tyler LaFever reached on an error in the third, but Ledbetter worked out of the jam with no further damage.

White County tied the game in the top of the fourth on two walks, a stolen base, a passed ball, an RBI single by Adam Farley and a RBI double by Jake Young.

Ledbetter hit a batter and walked one in the fifth, but gave up the go ahead run in the sixth on a single and stolen base by Jake Young and Kane Young's RBI single.

The Jet junior allowed a single to Dustin Cole and a walk in the top of the seventh, before giving way to Richards.

Bobby Uebelacker throw to Tayler Houston to tag out Cole trying to steal second.

After Richards gave up a walk and struck out one, Jake Young singled to left to plate Michael Sain, but Farley was thrown out on a throw from Cunningham to O'Rourke to Houston to retire the side.

White County 8, CCHS 3: The Jets led 3-2, before the Warriors would score one run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 3-3 and then plate three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to take the victory.

Morgan Richards was losing pitcher, allowing eight runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Dylan Fehr ripped two singles and a double with two RBIs for the Jets, while Nathaniel Wyatt cracked two hits. Ethan Cunningham, Reed Shaw, Matt Ledbetter and Richards each poked one hit.

Jake Young had two hits for the Warriors, while nine others stroked at one hit each.

CCHS scored once in the top of the first on a two-out single by Ledbetter, who stole second and scored on Shaw's RBI single, but the Warriors would tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a walk, a stolen base and two groundouts.

The Jets made it 2-1 in the top of the second on a walk to Bobby Uebelacker, a stolen base and Fehr's two-out single.

The Warriors tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third on singles by Kane Young and Michael Sain and a sacrifice.

CCHS took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, as Wyatt singled, went to second on Uebelacker's sacrifice and Fehr's double.

White County tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Jalen Foster, Jake Young and Kane Young and a sacrifice, and took a 6-3 advantage in the bottom of the fifth on an error, a double by Adam Farley, a walk, a single by Null and a two-run double by Tyler Lafever.

The Warriors scored twice in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Dustin Cole, singles by Kade Howard and pinchhitter Ethan Roberts, a groundout, a hitbatsman and a walk.

Back-to-back singles by Fehr and Richards and a passed ball put runners at second and third with no one out, but Warrior reliever Rick Blair retired the next three hitters to preserve the victory.

Schedule: CCHS traveled to Meigs County Thursday, before opening district tournament play Saturday at White County against the Warriors.