“We responded early, but it’s good to come back and get the win over a quality opponent. They have a chance to go down to Murfreesboro,” Rebels coach Anthony Richardson said of the Bucs. “They put the ball in play and we made the plays out there.”
HOW THEY SCORED
South started on the right note when Drew Creech rapped out a hit to lead off the game. He completed his trip around the bases when Cole Layne reached on an error by Bucs center fielder Kaleb Meredith.
The Rebels’ Eli Jennings opened the top half of the second with a single and stole second base. Jackson McGee followed with a single before a Kaden Weir error allowed Jennings to come home.
McGee capped the scoring in the fourth after leading off the inning with a double.
The Bucs had a prime opportunity in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back walks to Esau Byrd and Jacob Peeler brought up Carter Pollock, who singled to load the bases. However, South starting pitcher Jeffrey Leonard struck out the next two batters to stop the uprising.
University High had runners on second base in the fifth and seventh but couldn’t get them home.
FROM THE MOUND
Leonard tossed a complete-game shutout, scattering four hits while striking out three and walking four.
“Leonard threw strikes,” Richardson added. “I think maybe he threw five curveballs all game. Hopefully our other pitchers can learn from that.”
Byrd tossed all seven innings for University High and gave up nine hits. He struck out two, walked one and hit one.
Also on Saturday at Thomas Stadium, South fell to Sevier County 16-4, Sevier County turned around and drubbed David Crockett 14-4, and University High closed out the day with a 10-0, five-inning win over Lee High.