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Clarksville, TN – Clarksville High School’s baseball team outlasted Mother Nature, lighting problems and Northeast High School, April 29th, to win the 2014 District 10-AAA regular-season title with a 10-2 victory over the Eagles.
The Wildcats go into district tournament on May 2nd as the number-one overall seed, and along with Rossview High School, will host one of the two tournament sites.
“I told them that I was proud of them, because they knocked off the first goal that we have as a team and that’s winning the district regular-season title,” Clarksville High coach Brian Hetland said. “Now we get to host the tournament and that’s a big thing because there’s a lot of competition out there, weather you think, or someone else thinks you’re the favorite or not.”The delay of the start of the game seem to bother the Wildcats a little bit, as they picked up some early hits, but couldn’t get any runs across.
Northeast, on the other hand, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a mistake by the Wildcats defense.
Ben Wilford opened the inning for the Eagles by drawing a walk from Clarksville High starter Brady Cook (4-0) and then stole second base to move into scoring position.
An out later, CHS center fielder Landon Mosteller dropped a long fly ball off the bat of Devin Runkle allowing Wilford to come around and score.
The score would remain that way until the top of the third inning, when Cook led off the inning with a home run over the right-center field fence off Eagles starter Evan Frawley to not the score 1-1.
Cook would lead the Wildcats by reaching base all five times he went to the plate, going 3-3 and being hit by a pitch twice.
“We had a big step up by Brady with the home run after Northeast had gone up 1-0 early,” Hetland said. “He hit the home run to tie the game and then went back out on the mound and really settled in and threw a good ball game for us while our offense came around and got it done for us.”
Clarksville High’s offense seemed to settle in after that, as the Wildcats scored at least two runs in each of the next three innings.
In the fourth inning, Gabe Bowling and Luke Chilcutt opened the inning by reaching on a hit by pitch and single respectively and score an out later on a single by Teal Young to make it 3-1.
Young and Chilcutt would have two hits each, with both driving in two runs.
The fifth inning would see the Clarksville High break the game open with five runs, including two coming in on a single by Chilcutt and another on a single by Cook, as the Wildcats extended its lead out to 8-1.
Northeast, who will enter the tournament as the number-three seed, would close out the night’s scoring with a home run by Luke Veltri in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 10-2 final.
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
TopicsBen Wilford, Brady Cook, Brian Hetland, CHS, Clarksville, Clarksville High, Clarksville High School, Clarksville Tennessee, Clarksville TN, Clay Longo, Devin Runkle, District 10-AAA, Eagles, Evan Frawley, Gabe Bowling, Landon Mosteller, Luke Chilcutt, Luke Veltri, May 2nd, Mother Nature, NEHS, Northeast, Northeast Eagles, Northeast High School, Rossview High School, Teal Young, Tennessee, Wildcats
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