|Published: 10:48 AM, 06/05/2013
||Last updated: 11:27 AM, 06/05/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE вЂ” If their history was any indication, Red Bank
was going to make a rally some time.
But Sequoyah was confident that this time the result
would be different, and it was.
The Lions had rattled off four runs in the sixth to close to
within two, but the Chiefs steadied themselves behind closing pitcher Garrett Dalton just enough to
avoid the feeling of dГ©jГ vu, taking the 8-5 win in the Region 3-AA opener Monday at Tim Leonard
Field and clinching their second consecutive sectional berth.
Sequoyah avenged last year's
region title game loss to Red Bank, in which the Chiefs had a solid 5-1 lead before the Lions
rallied. But this time around, the scenario was win or go home.
"We didn't get rattled," said
Sequoyah coach Adam Kefauver after the win over the District 6-AA runner-up. "WeвЂ™ve been through
it before. We're prepared for that. We knew we were going to win the whole time."
will host East Hamilton, a 4-2 winner over District 5-AA runner-up Meigs County, at 6 p.m. Wednesday
for the region title game. The region champion will get to play at home for Friday's sectional
Sequoyah had built a 7-0 lead through the first four innings, plating three runs each
in the first and fourth.
Dalton led off the game with a walk, and Micah McCrary dropped a
bloop single over shortstop. Jake JohnsonвЂ™s line drive to left center put the first run on the
board, and Caleb Miner's sacrifice fly to right scored McCrary. Later, Johnson stole home while Red
Bank's defense was occupied with a squeeze play between first and second on Forrest
In the fourth, McKane drew a walk and Dustin Moser doubled to put two runners in
scoring position. Alex Stakely scored McKane with a double of his own, and Dalton's sacrifice
grounder sent Moser across.
The Lions helped Sequoyah's cause with four errors through the
first four innings. Stakely scored the Chiefs' seventh run on the center fielder's misjudgment
on a fly ball.
Meanwhile, McKane (W), as Sequoyah's starting pitcher, was working on a
no-hitter up through that point.
"We just took a little bit too long to get going," said Red
Bank coach Trey Hicks. "Their starter did a great job getting ahead early in the game. We didnвЂ™t
take advantage of hitting fastballs, really. They took complete advantage of our mistakes
mentally-wise on our part, which everybody I've talked to say they do that very well."
wasnвЂ™t for lack of trying by the Lions, who finally started solving a tiring McKane in the fifth.
Johnny Goodman sent a line drive through the right gap for Red Bank's first hit, and Alex Chambers
bounced a base hit off the glove of a diving Johnson at first to put the Lions on board.
two-run shot in the sixth by Hagen Wilkey вЂ” who was also Red Bank's starting pitcher вЂ” and a
single by Tyler Phillips ended McKaneвЂ™s afternoon and put Dalton on the mound.
welcomed Dalton with his own two-run blast to get the Lions to 7-5, but the Chiefs closer forced a
fly ball and got a strikeout to stop the bleeding.
A two-out triple from McCrary, followed by
a Johnson double up the center gave the Chiefs an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. They
were poised for more with runners at the corners before a fly out ended the inning.
that one run was all Sequoyah needed, with Dalton fanning the first two Lions in the top of the
seventh, then forcing a fly out to end the game and get the save.
"HeвЂ™s got that closer
mentality," Kefauver said of Dalton. "HeвЂ™s got such a bulldog mentality. You always feel
comfortable when heвЂ™s on the mound, everyone around him."
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