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The SAS baseball team dropped a double header to host Mt.Juliet Christian Academy by scores of 6-0 and 8-0.
In the first game, Casey Willis was the losing pitcher as he allowed only one earned run in five innings of work. Willis allowed five hits and two base runs on balls while striking out nine MJCA batters in the five innings of work.
The contest began as neither team was able to tally a run in the first two innings. MJCA broke the scoreless game in the third inning as the host team scored three unearned runs on several misplayed balls and errors. SAS was able to mount a rally of their own in the sixth inning as they loaded the bases but were unable to get a timely hit and the threat ended with MJCA holding a 4-0 lead.
Sam Thomas relieved Willis on the mound and after allowing one out single, MJCA’s shortstop, Zack unloaded a two run homerun for the final score of 6-0. Levi Higgins and Casey Willis lead the Mountain Lions in hitting with two hits each. JR Clay also stroked a solid single and continued to play superb defense at first base. Garrison Thompson took advantage of starting the contest as he continued his good work at the plate by going 1-2 in the contest.
In the second game of the day, MJCA jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against starting pitcher, Riley Rhoton. Rhoton settled in to shut the host team out until the Mountain Lions defense faltered in the third inning once again to allow four unearned runs after two outs to extend the lead to 8-0. Rhoton and relief pitcher, Levi Higgins held MJCA scoreless after the third inning but the damage was done. SAS could only muster singles by Higgins and Christian Hanger to go along with a base on balls earned by Riley Rhoton in the second game.
“This was a disappointing effort by our team,” said coach James Barry. “We were missing a key player again and we have not shown the ability to adjust when we are missing any starter. We have to learn to deal with adversity prior to games and when adversity happens during the games. We have not shown that we can, at this point. I thought Casey Willis pitched an outstanding game in the first contest but defensively and offensively we never gave ourselves a chance to win this game. JR Clay played well as well and just keeps showing hustle and improvement, which is all that a coach can ask. I thought both players tried to show the rest of the team the way to play today but something was missing and as coaches, we have to try to find what buttons to push to have all the players ready to go each game.”
SAS dropped a double header to Ezell Harding Christian Academy by scores of 14-4 and 10-0.
In the first game of the double header, Ezell jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as starting pitcher, Riley Rhoton struggled with his control walking three Eagles in the first inning.
SAS countered by scoring four runs in their half of the third inning to tie the contest at 4-4. Thomas Kim opened the inning with a solid single and Casey Willis was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no outs. After one out, Levi Higgins walked to load the bases before Jake Berman singled home a run. Christian Hanger reached on an error to score the second run and JR Clay doubled to tie the contest. If not for some careless base running, SAS would have had a much larger rally.
Ezell countered in their half of the third inning scoring seven runs to extend the lead to 11-4 as the Mountain Lions defense opened the door for the host team by allowing a couple of catchable balls to drop and a couple of errors allowed Ezell to essentially put the game away. Riley Rhoton held Ezell scoreless and was relieved in the seventh inning as Ezell closed out the contest.
Sam Thomas broke out of a mini slump by going 2-3 in the contest to lead SAS at the plate. Levi Higgins, Jake Berman and Thomas Kim also contributed singles and JR Clay doubled in three plate appearances.
In the second game of the double header, SAS could only muster three hits as Ezell Harding scored three runs in the first inning and four runs in the third inning against starting pitcher Levi Higgins before closing out the scoring with three runs in the sixth inning. Casey Willis, Riley Rhoton and Garrison Thompson contributed one hit each. Rhoton, Sam Thomas and Seth Horton also coaxed walks from the host team to reach base in the contest. Jake Berman, JR Clay and Sam Thomas turned in a couple of defensive gems to allow the Mountain Lions to stay within striking distance early in the contest.