|Rebs run favorite off before elimination |
|Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 5:06 pm |
|Having negotiated its way over a difficult road in the loser’s bracket in the District 13AA Tournament, Obion Central finally ran out of gas. |
But not before bumping a pair of favorites off their charted course.
Forced into a win-or-go-home scenario after dropping a first-round game to Crockett County last week, the Rebels won their third straight with a 7-4 victory over South Division champion Covington Monday before seeing their season end with a 17-0 loss to Dyersburg at Elam Stadium.
The setback ended OC’s season one step short of the district title game and a regional tournament berth, but marked the first time since 1997 that the Rebel program had won three tournament games in one season.
Central, which ended the year with a 14-18 record, added co-No. 1 seed Covington to No. 2 Crockett County and fourth-seeded (South) Haywood to its impressive tourney run Monday before essentially running out of rested pitching against D’burg.
A gritty bunch of Rebels avenged a regular season loss for the second straight game beforehand, though, on Monday, and left a lasting impression with first-year head coach Chris Smith.
“I couldn’t be much more proud of my kids,” Smith said after his team’s tank ran empty vs. the Trojans. “We got some quality wins against some good teams in the tournament, and we overcame some adversity in the process.
“I think the guys just really started believing in what we were doing late in the season, and I think this will be a starting point to even better things in the future for the program.”
The game was the last for five seniors in a Rebel uniform, including Blake Walton, Brady York, Trevor Riley, Mikey Arnette and Dustin Smyth.
Elsewhere in local baseball action Monday, South Fulton remained alive in the District 14A Tournament with a 6-4 triumph over Lake County.
The Red Devils will face Halls today at 5 in Greenfield in another elimination game.
OC 7, Covington 4
York, who drew high praise from Smith for his gutsy overall play throughout the year, went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI as Central jumped to a 4-0 lead and then held on to beat the Chargers in Game 1.
York, Smyth and Trey Phipps all drove in tallies in a four-run third before Camden Napper roped a two-run double for insurance in the seventh after Covington had closed to within 5-4 by scoring twice in the sixth.
Napper went 2-for-4 in all.
Smyth, Phipps, Colton Woodward and Tanner Cary each also had hits for the victorious Rebels.
Woodward showed “great heart,” according to his coach by going the distance for the pitching triumph while throwing a high number of pitches.
Woodward struck out nine and allowed just four hits, three walks and two earned runs.
D’burg 17, OC 0
The Trojans jumped on Phipps, who had pitched a complete game Friday with 10 strikeouts against Haywood, for six first-inning runs.
D’burg got just two hits in that opening frame, but benefited from four walks, a hit batsman and an error to knock Phipps from the Hill.
Napper followed York to the mound and was touched for six more runs in a relief role in the second before Mitch Arnette finished up with a 2 2/3 inning relief stint during which Dyersburg scored its final five runs.
In all, the Trojans were aided by a dozen OC walks.
OC’s offense was limited to four singles — by Smyth, Woodward, Ryan Tucker and Mitch Arnette.
SF 8, Lake Co. 6
South Fulton scored three runs in both the second and third innings to get a jump on the Falcons on Monday.
Cody Tatum launched a three-run home run for the Red Devils, while William Peery and Ryan Prince both had two hits and one RBI.
Curtis Cathey also had two singles for South Fulton.
Harrison Hawks also smacked a double for the Redmen (17-10), while Kyle Clouse and Kendall Greer both singled.
On the mound, Josh Clement improved to 3-1 on the campaign with the triumph. Clement went the entire seven innings and struck out a pair. He gave up six runs (all earned) on 10 hits and two walks. Clement also hit a pair of batters.
SF plays Halls this afternoon at 5 in the semifinals of the District 14A Tournament loser’s bracket.