Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville High Wildcats baseball team, this season’s District 10-AAA regular season champions, hosted their first game of the District 10-AAA Tournament against the Northwest Vikings Friday evening.
The Wildcats took advantage of Viking errors to win the game 6-2 and advance to the next round.
Errors led to the Wildcats to take a 3-0 lead after three innings. The Vikings capitalized on a Wildcat’s pitching change in the top of the fifth inning to rally within one of the Wildcats, 3-2.But there errors continued, allowing the Wildcats to plate two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and eventually win the game 6-2.
Wildcat pitcher, Teal Young, earned the win. He relieved Donnie Everett who pitched four shutout innings and struck out seven. Young allowed just two runs from three hits, and struck out three.
Viking pitcher, Michael Hensley, picked up the loss. He allowed five runs from three huts, walked eight and struck out one.
Hensley got into trouble after walking a second Wildcat batter in the bottom of the second inning. His catcher, Harlow Dixon made a high throw to second, trying to pick off a runner. The missed ball went into centerfield and the Wildcats stole home for their first run.
The second run came later in the inning when Hensley was charged with a balk with a Wildcat runner in scoring position.
The Wildcat’s stole home again in the bottom of the third for there third run. This time the runner ran home while the Vikings caught another Wildcat runner in a run down between first and second.
The Vikings scored two in the top of the fifth, to make the score 3-2. After keeping the Vikings scoreless for four innings, Everett moved over to first base as Young took over the mound.
Young walked the first batter he faced. Later, Christian Dorthanlina reached on a bunt to bring one run in for the Vikings. Marcus Picquet hit an RBI double for their last run of the game.
Down by only one run, the Vikings could not stop the Wildcats from scoring two more in the bottom of fifth inning,
With two men on, Ryan Streeter hit a sacrifice for a RBI. Later in the inning, Everett stole home when a low pitch got pass the Vikings catcher.
Landon Mosteller made two of the Wildcats total three hits in the game, Mostellar batted 2-for-4 with a single and a double.
Jahnal Browne made three of the Vikings total hits in the game. Browne batted 3-for-4 with three singles.
With the win, the Wildcats advance to play Henry County at home, Monday, April 5th, at 7:00pm.
The Vikings fall to the loser’s bracket to play West Creek at Rossview High School, Monday at 4:30pm.
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