McCallie Nine Edges Gordon Lee, 5-4

Scenic City Baseball Results

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Scenic City Baseball Classic - Friday Schedule

at Boyd Buchanan

4:00 - Mt. Juliet vs. Boyd Buchanan

 at McCallie

3:45 - McCallie vs. Station Camp

5:30 - McCallie vs. Northwest Whitfield

7:45 - Cleveland vs. Boyd Buchanan

 at Baylor

3:45 - Rabun Gap vs. St. Benedict

5:30 - Baylor vs. Coahulla Creek

7:45 - Baylor vs. White County

McCallie 5, Gordon Lee 4

McCallie needed a big hit and senior catcher Christian Burnett provided the big bat with a two-run homer in a 5-4 win against Gordon Lee in a Scenic City Classic game at McCallie Thursday.

"For the first five innings we just couldn't get the hit we needed to get back in the game, so I felt I needed to step up and come through for the team," said Burnett.

Not only did his two-run blast to deep left center over the 1976 State Championship banner prove to be the game-winning hit, it also came against long time friends and former teammates.

"Tyler Payne, Drew Vaughn and myself all grew up playing with those guys from Gordon Lee in the Chickamauga Rec Leagues and coach Greg Payne was their coach two years ago so this win is special," Burnett stated with a smile.

Burnett as 2-5 with a 2-run homer, scored twice with two stolen bases. Payne was 1-4 and Vaughn was 1-3.

"When the season schedule came out we circled this game as one we wanted to win."

Quick Trojan Start: Gordon Lee used three hits and a hit batsman for a three-run first. A lead which stood up until McCallie tied it in the fifth and took the lead in the sixth.

RBI singles by Braxton Salmon and Conrad Broom produced the 3-0 lead, but it would be the last time a Trojan got a hit until Jake Rogers doubled in the seventh.

McCallie's Payne Settled Down:  Blue Tornado starting pitcher Payne shook off the tough start and proceeded to throw 4.1 hitless/scoreless innings. Starting with a inning-ending strikeout, he retired 11 of the next 12 Trojan batters he faced.

"Some of it was nerves facing old friends, but after that first inning Tyler settled down and pitched a great game," Burnett stated.

"It was a lot of fun to play against our friends," said Payne. "Once I got past the first inning I settled in and was fine."

Needed Relief Help: In the fifth, Payne put two Trojan runners on via a walk and hit batsman (his second of the game) after one out, before reliever Cole Songer enticed two batters to pop out with the bases loaded to keep McCallie within two at 3-1.

Pitching Out of Jams: Songer got out of bases loaded jams in the fifth and seventh innings ... he walked three and struck out three, allowed two hits and one earned run for the win.

McCallie Fifth: Having seven runners in scoring position with only one run to show for it through four innings, McCallie broke through in the fifth with two runs to tie the game, 3-3 ... John Hennan  led off with a single and later scored ... Burnett reached on an error and later scored the tying run.

McCallie Sixth: With two out and Hennan on third, Burnett hit his two-run homer to left center.

Stranding Runners: After scoring one run in the first, McCallie had six additional runners in scoring position but came up empty thru the fourth inning (and had two more in scoring position in the fifth after tying the game 3-3)

in the first  ... runner on second with two out

in the second ... second and third with one out

in the third .. runner on third with one out ... another runner on second but tagged out on a stolen base attempt

in the fourth ... runner on third with two out

Gordon Lee Seventh; The Trojans had the bases loaded with two out before Songer got O'Neal to ground into a fielder's choice for the third out. With two out, Kobie Cowan walked, Jake Rogers doubled and Chaney Rogers walked before Braxon Salmon's RBI single made it 5-4.

McCallie 5 Gordon Lee 4

Gordon Lee 300 000 1 - 4-5-3

McCallie  100 022 x -- 5-6-0

Broom, Rogers (5) and Peterson; Payne, Songer (5) and Burnett

WP Cole Songer (1-0)  LP Chaney Rogers

Tyler Payne (retired 10 in a row in one stretch ... IP 4.1, Runs (3), Earned Runs (3), Hits (3), Ks (4), Walks (2), Hit Batsman (2),

Cole Songer (IP (2.2), Runs (1), Earned Runs (1), HIts (2), Walks (3), Ks (3)

Conrad Broom (IP (4), Runs (1), Unearned Runs (1), Hits (3), Ks (5), Walks (3), Hit Batsman (1),

Chaney Rogers (IP (2), Runs (4), Unearned Runs (2), Ks (2), Walks (2)

HR - McC - Christian Burnett (2 RBIs) - game winning hit

McCallie: Christian Burnett (2-4, 2 RBIs), John Hennan (3 runs, 3 stolen bases)

Gordon Lee: Bryson Salmon (2-4, 3 RBIs), Caleb O'Neal (1-4, RBI) Tucker Bradley (1-3, 1 run)

Left on Base: McCallie (8) Gordon Lee (8)

Thursday Scores:

 McCallie 5, Gordon Lee 4  

St. Benedict 7, Coahulla Creek 2

Baylor 4, Mt. Juliet 1

Northwest Whitfield 11, Cleveland 2

Station Camp 8, White Co. 7

Wednesday Score

Mt. Juliet 15, Northwest Whitfield 9

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Baylor 4, Mt. Juliet 1

Baylor freshman Gavin Roberson pitched four innings of one hit ball with five strikeouts, while Andrew Belcher and Blake Layne each had two hits and Bryson Mercer contributed with an RBI double as Baylor defeated Mt. Juliet, 4-1.

Baylor 4, Mt. Juliet 1

Baylor 020 110   4-6-2

Mt Juliet 000 001  1-2-1

WP Gavin Roberson (1-0) Save - Taylor Maxey

Hits: Mt Juliet - Eli Mason and Marshall Gei

Baylor: Andrew Belcher (2-3, 2 RBIs), Blake Layne (2-3), Bryson Mercer (Double, RBI)

Pitching Note: Baylor's Taylor Maxey came in in relief in the sixth with Baylor leading 4-0 and two Mt Juliet runners on base ... Maxey allowed one run but struck out the final two batters with the bases loaded to preserve the win.


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