'Canes complete sweep of Mustangs

By BRYAN GRISHAM
Posted 3/14/19

The Hurricanes of East Hamilton High School blew into Walker Valley on Wednesday night and when the storm had subsided, the visitors had completed the two-game District 5-AAA sweep of the Mustangs by …

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'Canes complete sweep of Mustangs

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The Hurricanes of East Hamilton High School blew into Walker Valley on Wednesday night and when the storm had subsided, the visitors had completed the two-game District 5-AAA sweep of the Mustangs by a final tally of 12-5.

After dropping a close decision to the Canes on Tuesday night, the Mustangs seemed poised to earn a split as they put three runs on the board in their half of the first inning.

Ethan Hailey and Harrison Price each doubled to get the home team off and running and both came around to score on a sacrifice fly and a dropped fly ball. John Klepzig added a two-out RBI single to the cause for a quick 3-0 lead.

Old man momentum didn’t stay in the Walker Valley dugout for long as he went across the field in the top of the second inning and stayed there the rest of the night.

Mustang starting pitcher, Hailey, lost sight of the strike zone in the inning as the wheels came completely off the Walker Valley wagon.

When the dust had finally settled on the top of the second inning, 13 Canes had entered the batter’s box, eight of them came around to score, thanks mostly to five walks, a hit batter, two errors and three singles mixed in.

Conner Thornburg pushed a run across by coaxing a bases loaded walk, three more crossed on wild pitches a couple more on Mustang miscues and two more on a single from Pierce Durham.

The Mustangs cut into the lead in their half of the third as the Hurricanes took a turn at kicking the ball around.

Parker Caldwell singled to start the rally while a pair of walks, a plunked batter and wild pitch plated a run. Gunner Reece pushed another run across with a free pass with the bases full of Mustangs, slicing the Cane’s lead to 8-5.

That would be as close as the Mustangs would get though as East Hamilton righted the ship and put it out of reach in the fifth.

Once again, the free passes hurt the home team as the Canes pushed three runs across on an error, two walks and RBI singles from Bradley Garland and Blake Headrick, extending the lead to 11-5

Two more plunked batters and a groundout accounted for the final run of the night as the Hurricanes (2-0, 2-0 District 5-AAA) finished off the Mustangs (0-2, 0-2) and finished the sweep. 

The telling statistic for the Mustangs were the nine walks, four hit batters and seven wild pitches or passed balls.

After Hailey (0-1), Charlie Swafford, Price and Jaxon Godsey pitched in relief for the Mustangs  while Walker O’Rear started for the Hurricanes and Noah Pridmore came on in the third inning and didn’t allow a run the rest of the way. Pridmore fanned eight Mustangs while giving up only two hits over his four plus innings of relief. 

Walker Valley will take a few days to regroup before heading to Ooltewah Monday to start district home-and-home series. The Owls will be at Mike Turner Field on Tuesday.

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