Chester County came from behind with a five-run seventh inning to defeat South Gibson 5-4 Monday in the first round of the region baseball tournament in Medina. The victory matches the Eagles with McNairy Central in the region title game, the same matchup as a week earlier when CCHS and the Bobcats met for the district championship.
Each team will advance to a sectional elimination game Saturday for a chance to go the state tournament.
Colton Huntt threw six strong innings for the Eagles, but things got a little testy in the bottom of the sixth when he surrendered two runs that were ignited with his third hit-batter of the game.
Dylan Haynes closed the door in the seventh for the save, but the Hornets had the tying and winning runners on base when the final out was made.
The decisive sixth inning began with a home run from Huntt, followed by a single from Alex Ingram and a walk to Zach Armour. Drake Richardson and Jacob Collins each single and a sacrifice fly brought home the fourth run of the frame.
Slugfest for district championship
A walk-off left the Eagles on the wrong end of a 12-11 defeat to McNairy Central on Wednesday, May 8, in the championship round of the 14-AA district tournament.. McNairy Central was down 11-10 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Peyton Brown singled on a 0-2 count, scoring two runs.
Chester County began the tournament as the number seven seed of eight teams, and had a record of only 12-19, yet they caught fire at the right time to dispose of several teams in the post-season.
CCHS trailed 5-4 in the sixth inning when they exploded for seven runs. Ty Maness, Seth Frye, Huntt, Ingram, and Armour each drove in runs during the inning.
However, McNairy Central scored five runs in the bottom of that frame to draw within one. That led to the dramatic conclusive rally by the Bobcats.
Haynes was on the pitcher’s mound for Chester County, going five innings and allowing eight runs on nine hits with four “Ks” and one free pass. Colby Bustamante threw one inning in relief and took the loss in the seventh.
McNairy Central tallied 12 hits. Hively, Deaton, Rickman, and Brown all collected multiple hits for McNairy Central. Hively led McNairy Central with three hits in four at bats.
Riverside blown away
CCHS got to the title round by virtue of a victory over Riverside 12-2 on Tuesday, May 7.
In the first inning, Riverside got one run in the first inning, but the Eagles pulled away for good with five runs in the second inning. Clay Webb singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs, Maness and Seth Frye each drove in runs, Haynes drove in another on a fielder’s choice.
CCHS pulled comfortably ahead with a five-run third inning.
Webb was on the mound for Chester County, lasting three and a third innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out one.
The Eagles had nine hits led by multi-hit games from Frye, Maness, and Haynes.
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