Gabriel Garcia | The Advocate & Democrat
Sequoyah's Jake Johnson (left) slides into Meigs County catcher Taylor Fugate to score Tuesday at Tim Leonard Field. The win capped the Chiefs' first undefeated District 5-AA campaign.
|Published: 2:33 PM, 05/04/2013
||Last updated: 2:32 PM, 05/04/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE â€” Sequoyah had already wrapped up District 5-AA's top spot, but it wanted its first taste of history.
And after scoring three runs in the sixth inning to break open a pitchers' duel with an equally determined Meigs County team, the Chiefs finished off a program-first perfect district record with the 4-1 win Tuesday at Tim Leonard Field.
"It was important, and thatâ€™s why I motivated my guys today before the game, just to make sure that we put an exclamation point on the season and on the district," said Sequoyah coach Adam Kefauver. "I think itâ€™s important going in to not have a blemish and continue that confidence."
Meigs (15-6, 4-4 District 5-AA) came in to the game looking to clinch the districtâ€™s second seed with a win, but instead their loss threatened to force them into the district tournament play-in game against Sweetwater. However, McMinn Central's loss to Polk County the same day settled the Tigers into third place.
The Tigers got on the board first with an RBI single from Jake Moon in the opening frame, and Sequoyah (17-3, 8-0) knotted it back up in the third with Caleb Miner sending a double to left center field and Jake Johnson crossing the plate.
And Meigs' Christian Thompson had held his own on the mound against Sequoyah's winning pitcher Dustin Moser the first five innings, ending the third, fourth and fifth with strikeouts and stranding a total of 11 Chiefs runners to keep the game knotted at 1-1.
"I was really proud of the way our kids today. We came out and played with focus and a lot of heart," said Meigs coach Justin Jennings. "To look up and be in the sixth inning at 1-1 and give ourselves chance if we can get a little rally late, I thought we did a lot of things right in that case."
But Thompson ran out of gas and gave way to Dustin Kennedy, and the Chiefs finally broke through on offense. Garrett Dalton led off by drawing a walk, then Micah McCrary and Johnson drove consecutive singles past shortstop, with the latter scoring Dalton. Forrest McKane advanced McCrary and Johnson to scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and Josh Watson made it pay off with the two-RBI base hit.
Watson tired for third base after his hit, but was tagged out. But the three sixth-inning runs were more than enough.
"It couldâ€™ve gone one way or the other for us," Kefauver said. "Mentally we could've folded and it couldâ€™ve been good for Meigs County. Or we couldâ€™ve come up with some big hits and it wouldnâ€™t have been a game.
"I was proud of our toughness. We didnâ€™t have our best stuff but we found a way to win."
Moser went all seven innings, giving up only four hits total â€” two of those in the first inning â€” and fanning 10.
Pigeon Forge 6, Sequoyah 0
PIGEON FORGE â€” With district play finished until the tournament, the Chiefs hit the road Thursday trying for a sweep of their nascent series with Pigeon Forge. But instead the Tigers avenged their first loss of 2013 and handed Sequoyah its first since April 5.
Pigeon Forge ace Wil Crowe, who is heading to South Carolina in a few months, pitched the complete game and stifled Sequoyah at the plate, getting 17 strikeouts and limiting the Chiefs to one hit and one walk.
Sequoyah will host McMinn County Monday, then travel to Maryville Tuesday to close out their regular season.
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