Staff Photo by Gabriel Garcia
Sweetwater’s Payton Robinette (21) beats the throw to McMinn Central first baseman Heath Shaw (5) in their District 5-AA contest Monday at Sweetwater High School.
|Published: 1:06 PM, 04/11/2013
||Last updated: 1:13 PM, 04/11/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER - SweetwaterвЂ™s baseball team continued showing its
will to compete, but also its lack of consistency in making plays on defense.
Hoping to ride
the momentum from their competitive and narrow loss Thursday at Alcoa against a strong Tornadoes
team, the Wildcats rallied from an early deficit to briefly take the lead against District 5-AA foe
McMinn Central and kept the game close through the fourth inning. But nine errors - along with
walked-in runs, balks and passed balls - proved too much for Sweetwater, and the Chargers surged to
end the game 16-5 in six innings.
вЂњIf we keep making errors this is going to be the result,вЂќ
said Sweetwater coach Justin Rutherford. вЂњWe make routine plays like we do in spurts and stretches,
then weвЂ™re a good baseball team. ItвЂ™s a matter of growing up and putting it together for seven
Four of the WildcatsвЂ™ errors happened in the first inning, helping spot Central
(6-5, 1-0 District 5-AA) a 4-0 lead.
But Sweetwater (0-8, 0-3) started the bottom of the
second with Kody Woodall and Isaac Pina drawing back-to-back walks, and Payton Robinette sent
Woodall home with a bunt single to get the Wildcats on the board. DJ Vanderwerf scored Pina with a
sacrifice grounder to shortstop. Two more walks and a Connor Bryant RBI double later, Sweetwater
loaded the bags and ended the day for Chargers starting pitcher Hunter Shaw.
replacement, Tony Guardiola, walked in runs the next two at-bats, giving Sweetwater a 5-4 lead after
the second inning. For a while it looked like the Wildcats were going to overcome their early rash
The Chargers tied in the top of the third when Andrew Coppenger balked with a
runner at third, then retook the lead with Will McInturffвЂ™s sacrifice fly to left
Guardiola threw four straight balls to Robinette to start the bottom of the third,
forcing Central coach Travis Hart to bring his ace Zeb McKinney to the mound, shortening his rest
after his complete game against Kingston on Thursday.
вЂњI didnt want to do that,вЂќ Hart said.
вЂњZebвЂ™s probably our leader on the team, and the way we lost our focus, I knew we had to go to our
leader, and he took the ball and said вЂ
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