Wayne Burns' two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Stone Memorial Panther baseball team a 4-3 win over the CCHS Jets in District 6AAA action on Panther field Monday night.
John Martin doubled with two out off Jet starter Morgan Richards to even the season series at 1-1, with the third game scheduled Tuesday evening at Jet Park.
The Jets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Panther starter Clay Wilson, as Ryan Burgess singled, stole second and scored when Ethan Cunningham reached on two Panther errors. Matt Ledbetter walked, but a fielder's choice and a double play prevented further damage.
The Panthers threatened in the bottom of the first, when Luke Matthews was hit by a pitch and Jason Moldenhauer singled, but both were stranded.
In the top of the second, David Elliott singled and Reed Shaw doubled; however, Elliott was thrown out at third on Justin Shipe's grounder to Matthews, who threw to Moldenhauer for the out. Wilson would retire the next two Jet hitters to stop the threat.
The Panthers scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Moldenhauer and Austin Robertson, a stolen base, an error and a fielder's choice for the 2-1 lead.
The Jets took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning on a Ledbetter single and doubles by Nathaniel Wyatt and Shaw.
SMHS tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a hitbatsman, an RBI double by Robertson and an error.
The Jets threatened in the top of the seventh, when Cunningham reached on a passed ball on a third strike and a single by Ledbetter, but Grant Parrett flied out to end the threat.
Brian Frye poked a one-out single and Moldenhauer walked, but a fielders choice sent the game into extra innings.
Both pitchers retired the side in order in the eighth inning.
Richards singled in the top of the ninth, but was picked off at first on an attempted steal.
Parrett singled off Wilson in the top of the 10th, while Richards retired the Panthers in order in the ninth and 10th innings.
Wilson retired the Jets in order in the top of the 11th, allowing for the winning run to score.
Leading hitters for the Panthers were Moldenhauer and Robertson with two hits each, while Burns, Martin and Frye poked one hit each. Wilson was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on 12 hits with one walk and two Ks. The Panther defense turned three double plays.
Richards was the losing pitcher, allowing four runs, only one was earned, on seven hits with seven Ks, two walks and one hitbatsman.
Ledbetter, Shaw, Elliott and Richards each cracked two hits, while Burgess and Cunningham poked one hit each. The Jets turned one double play and committed four errors.
The regular season finale between the two teams was scheduled last night, but the inclement weather could postpone the game until Wednesday, per district bylaws. If that happened, tonight's SMHS game at Powell will not be played.
CCHS travels to Upperman Thursday and to Walker Valley Friday,before closing out the regular season next week with district games against White County — at Sparta Monday and at Jet Park Tuesday.
SMHS will host Anderson County Friday, before closing out the regular season next week with Cookeville — at Cookeville Monday and on Panther field Tuesday.
The District 6AAA Tournament is May 2-8, with the two elimination games — No. 5 at No. 4 and No. 6 at No. 3 May 2, with the best two out of three series beginning May 5 — No. 4/No. 5 winner vs. No. 1 and No. 5/No. 6 winner at No. 2.