MURFREESBORO — In a game it had to win, the Dobyns-Bennett baseball team found a way.
Sammy Stewart smacked a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning and Caleb Cook pitched a complete game to lead the Indians to a 3-2 win over Brentwood on Wednesday in elimination play at the TSSAA Class AAA tournament.
D-B (34-5-1) broke on top in the first when Newley Burton scored on a two-out RBI from Christian Bailey. That 1-0 lead remained unchanged as Cook and his Bruins counterpart, Will Gaddis, subsequently matched zeroes on the scoreboard through the sixth.
The Indians had chances to extend their lead, including in the top of the fifth when they put runners on first and second with no outs and in the seventh when they loaded the bags with one out, but they couldn't manufacture a run.
The Bruins finally found traction against Cook in the bottom of the seventh when they loaded the bags for Gaddis, whose dribbler drove in the tying run. Cook keep the Tribe alive by striking out Nathan Jay, sending the game to extra innings.
Cook and Aaron Lawson opened the eighth with singles to left. Quentin Polinski and Skylar East, in to run for Cook and Lawson, respectively, advanced to second and third on Kurt Mattioda's sacrifice bunt — setting up Stewart's heroics. Stewart ripped a 2-2 pitch to right to plate both runners, though he was tagged out at third when he was caught trying to stretch his double into a triple.
David Ferguson relieved Gaddis and got the third out, and the teams went to the bottom of the eighth with D-B up 3-1.
Brentwood (29-8) didn't go down without a fight. With runners on first and second, Aaron Maher plated P.J. Scalisi with a line drive off Cook's glove to trim D-B's lead to 3-2, and the Bruins loaded the bases with two outs. But Cook induced a popup by Tim Robuck and the Tribe had their first state tournament win since 1996.
Cook (8-0) scattered three hits and gave up just one earned run over eight innings, walking three, fanning five and inducing 11 groundball outs. He plunked two and threw a wild pitch.
Gaddis allowed nine hits and three earned runs in taking the loss. He walked three and struck out five.
Cook and Lawson each went 2-for-4 for the Indians, who stranded 10 baserunners. Scalisi was 2-for-3 and Hunter Anderson went 1-for-3 for the other Brentwood hit.
The Tribe fought back from Tuesday night's 5-4 opening loss to Germantown's Houston — also an extra-inning game — that dropped them into the losers' bracket. D-B plays again Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern against Dyer County (35-8), an 8-6 loser against Houston (34-9) on Wednesday afternoon.
Brentwood, which fell 4-0 to Dyer County in its tournament opener, was eliminated.comments powered by Disqus