East Robertson scored 36 runs and only allowed one in the District 9-A baseball tournament, cruising to three wins and winning the league crown with a 19-0 thrashing of Houston County at McEwen High School Wednesday afternoon.
The Indians (24-8) only hit seven home runs during the regular season, but they matched that total with seven more over the three district tournament games.
“We were locked in at the plate,” East Robertson coach Derek Wix said. “Hopefully we can keep swinging it like that to keep moving forward.”
East Robertson opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory over McEwen on Monday. Wes Lamb tossed a complete game shutout and only allowed two hits while striking out six.
Peyton Smith homered and Lee commit Colton Harrison went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Alex Patterson and Isaiah Hobdy both drove in two runs apiece.
In Wednesday’s semifinal, the Indians used long bombs from Lamb, Hobdy and Harrison to beat Jo Byrns 7-1. Smith was masterful on the mound, striking out 12 in seven innings of work and giving up just one run.
But the East Robertson bats weren’t finished. The Indians pounded out 16 more hits to produce 19 runs and shorten the championship game to just five innings against Houston County.
Peyton Smith hit his second homer of the tournament and Hobdy and Bryce Smith both crushed three-run shots.
Sophomore Van True picked up the win on the mound. He pitched five shutout innings and allowed five hits while striking out three Houston County hitters. East Robertson didn’t have to use a single relief pitcher during the tournament.
“They did a good job of throwing strikes, keeping their pitch counts down and giving our defense a chance,” Wix said of his pitchers. “If we continue to fill up the strike zone and swing it like we have, we’ll have a chance.”
Wix said he backloaded his team’s regular season schedule to help them prepare for the district tournament. The Indians lost to Franklin-Simpson (Ky.), Stratford and Portland in three of their final five games before their tear through the tournament.
“We wanted the games at the end of the regular season to be tough in order to prepare us for the [tournament],” Wix said. “It did what it was supposed to do.”
East Robertson was slated to host Richland in the Region 5-A tournament Monday evening.
Jo Byrns eliminated after two losses in district
Jo Byrns entered the District 9-A baseball tournament as the top seed, but after back-to-back losses to East Robertson and Houston County their season came to an end.
The Red Devils opened the tournament with a big win over Houston County, 16-5, last Monday.
Bryce Cox was on fire at the plate with four hits, including a three-run homer, and seven RBIs. Noelan Woods, Rudy Tucker, Zach Henegar and Jackson Head all had two hits for the Red Devils.
Jake Chennault went the distance on the mound in the game that was shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule.
The next day, the Red Devil bats were silent in a 7-1 loss to East Robertson. Woods managed the only hit off East pitcher Peyton Smith.
Henegar went most of the game on the hill for Jo Byrns.
On Wednesday, the Red Devils were faced with an elimination game against Houston County. The Red Devils scored two runs in the first but struggled at the plate over the next five innings. In the meantime, Houston County scored three runs to take the lead and then all but put the game away with five runs in the top of the seventh.
Jo Byrns rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh but could not come all the way back.
Cox had two RBIs for the Red Devils, while Woods, Tucker, Tyler Carlisle and Jacob Arms all had hits.
Cox pitched 6.2 innings but was victimized by six Red Devil errors. Only two of the seven runs he gave up were earned.
Jo Byrns finished 10-18 and will graduate three seniors – Zach Henegar, Jacob Arms and Fulton Earheart.