The District 6AAA baseball campaign opened Wednesday night at Jet Park, as the Jets defeated the SMHS Panthers 11-4 in the opening of the league's in-season tournament, which action continuing through Saturday at both CCHS and SMHS.
Winning pitcher Matt Ledbetter was two for three with an RBI and allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and four walks. He had plenty support from his teammates Ryan Burgess (one hit), Reed Shaw (two hits and one RBI), Grant Parrett (one hit, one RBI), Nathanniel Wyatt (one hit), Ethan Cunningham (one hit, three RBIs), David Elliott (one hit), Justin Shipe (one hit) and Morgan Richards (one hit, two RBIs).
Matt Vanlandingham worked one inning and yielded two runs on one hit with two walks.
Justin Moldenhauer, John Martin, Wayne Burns and Kelsey Flores pitched for the Panthers, allowing 11 runs on 10 hits with four walks and one strikeout. Moldenhauer obsorbed the loss.
Brian Frye had two hits with one RBI, while Martin, Moldenhauer and Luke Matthews each cracked one hit.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning on three walks, a double steal and a Moldenhauer single off Ledbetter. Clay Wilson walked with the bases loaded to plate the run.
The Jets took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a walk, an error and singles by Shaw and Cunningham, whose hit plated the two runs.
Ledbetter allowed two baserunners in the top of the second on a walk and a single by Martin.
The Jets added a run in the bottom of the second for a 3-1 lead on singles by Shipe, Burgess and Parrett.
Matthews doubled in the third for the Panthers, but was thrown out attempting to steal third.
CCHS built a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third on a single by Wyatt, a stolen base and two Panther errors.
SMHS sliced the gap to 4-2 in the top of the fourth on an error and a double by Frye, but the Jets swelled the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the frame on a walk, a passed ball, a single by Ledbetter and a fielder's choice.
Ledbetter retired the side in order in both the fifth and sixth innings, allowing his teammates two more runs in the fifth on Richards' two run singles, after an error, a double by Elliott, a walk and sacrifice off Martin for a 7-2 lead.
The Jets scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth off Burns and Flores on singles by Ledbetter and Shaw, a walk, an error and a fielder's choice.
Vanlandingham relieved Ledbetter on the hill in the seventh and allowed two unearned runs on two walks, two errors and a single by Martin.
Schedule: CCHS (4-3) hosted Warren County Thursday, and plays Rhea County tonight at 4:30 and White County at 7 p.m. Former Detriot Tiger great Lou Whitaker will throw out the first pitch prior to the White County game. The Jets will play Cookeville Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Panthers (1-5) played Rhea County Thursday, Cookeville and Warren County at 2:20 and 7 p.m., respectively, Friday, and White County Saturday at noon.