|Both Obion Central squads already in postseason hole |
|Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 5:52 pm |
|Obion Central’s baseball and softball teams will have to dig their way out of a hole to advance in postseason play. |
Both Rebel teams were dropped to the loser’s bracket of their respective District 13AA tournaments with first-round losses in the double-elimination events by Crockett County entries on Thursday.
OC fell to the Cavaliers 5-2 on the baseball diamond and suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to CC in softball when the Lady Cavs rallied for all of their runs in the bottom of the seventh.
With their backs to the wall now, Central will play Haywood at 4 today in baseball at Dyersburg High School, with the Lady Rebels to face Gibson County at 5 at Dyersburg State.
Wins, and OC will advance to play again Saturday, while losses will bring the Rebs’ season to an immediate close.
The District 13AA baseball tournament will move to Union City’s Elam Stadium on Saturday, while the 13AA softball tourney will remain in Dyersburg at the high school. Central’s boys would play at 10 a.m. Saturday, should they win today, while the Lady Rebs would be back in action at 1 Saturday with a triumph today.
The District 14A softball tournament begins today at Graham Park in UC with Union City set to play Greenfield at 7 after Trenton faces Humboldt at 5. Top seed South Fulton will play the Trenton-Humboldt winner Saturday at 1, with the UC-Greenfield winner facing No. 2 seed Halls at 3 in the double-elimination event.
The 14A baseball tourney starts today with Union City hosting Humboldt and South Fulton playing at Trenton in first-round games. The double-elimination tournament moves to Greenfield for second round and loser’s bracket games on Saturday with games at 11, 1:30, 4 and 6:30.
SF hammered Fulton County 22-7 in Thursday’s only other game played in baseball.
Crockett Co. 5, OC 2
Central (11-17) had a potential rally ended when umpires ruled the Rebels had used an illegal bat on a bunt play in the sixth, according to Rebel head coach Chris Smith.
Smith said the Crockett County staff raised questions about a bat Smith said his team had only used to bunt with after the Rebels had laid down a sacrifice in the sixth that ultimately left runners at the corners after a Cavalier error.
Reportedly, the bat was not on the list of approved ones for play.
Smith claimed there was a lengthy delay when CC protested the issue, one that was resolved when umpires ruled Central’s Parker McMinn — who bunted the ball — out on the play.
Crockett County then pushed across the deciding runs in the bottom of the sixth — breaking a 2-all tie when a fly ball with two outs was dropped — allowing two tallies to score.
McMinn, Tanner Cary, Brady York, Dustin Smyth, Trey Phipps and Camden Napper reached base two times apiece for the Rebels, who had six hits and benefited from six CC errors. Kevin Cumana had Central’s only extra-base hit.
Colton Woodward was charged with the pitching loss after toiling 5 2/3 frames.
SF 22, Fulton Co. 7
The Redmen had FC put away after one frame.
South Fulton struck for 11 runs in the opening canto and the Pilots didn’t get on the board until the fourth frame.
Hunter Wade and Tyler Morris both had three hits for the Red Devils (15-9), while Chance Hamlin and Kyle Clouse each had two hits.
Hamlin, Clouse, Cory Pinion and Cody Tatum all drove in a pair.
Winning pitcher Austin Hazlewood tossed the first three innings, struck out six and allowed just a walk and one hit.
J.T. McIntyre and Jon David McIntyre both toed the rubber in relief.
The Redmen play at Trenton this afternoon at 5 in the opening round of the District 14A Tournament.
Crockett Co. 3, OC 2
The Lady Rebels (21-12-1) led 2-0 with Macy Allison having held CC to just one hit until Amber Woodwood jacked a long two-run home run to even the game.
The Cavs then pushed across the game-winner with two out.
Alex Wilson tripled and had one of OC’s two RBIs, while both Meaghen Strayhorn and Kayla Bramlett had doubles among the county locals’ five hits.
Madie Bell accounted for Central’s other ribbie.
Allison was the hard-luck pitching loser, despite giving up just four hits total.
Obion Central will be without head coach Tommy Victory for today’s game and Saturday’s, should the Lady Rebels advance.
Victory will be attending the nursing school graduation ceremonies of his eldest daughter, Amber, in Murfreesboro.