Lee Earns Split With 5th Ranked Delta State

Sunday, April 15, 2018

 Lee’s baseball team wrapped up a long weekend against 5th-ranked Delta State University with a doubleheader split. The Flames remain in 6th-place in the Gulf South Conference standings (14-9) and 23-19 overall. The host Statesmen are now 30-7 overall, 18-4.

Lee won the opening contest 13-10 in 10 innings but the powerful Statesmen regrouped in the second affair and claimed an 11-5 victory. The Flames will return to Olympic Field for a three-game series against West Georgia. Military Appreciation Day will be celebrated on Saturday and a doubleheader will follow on Sunday.

“Delta State is a really tough environment to play and we will take the split,” remarked head coach Mark Brew after the extremely long day. “Our team has shown great fight and resiliency this year. It’s the final two-week stretch in the GSC and we have one more mid-week game at Tusculum on Tuesday. We have some more work to do to qualify for the GSC tournament, but I like how we are fighting.”

GAME 1 -  Lee 13, Delta State 10

In a 10-inning contest that lasted four hours and 26 minutes and featured 23 runs, 35 hits and 30 runners left on base, the Flames battled the entire game and found a way to pull out the opener of an important GSC doubleheader.

Lee trailed 9-8 in the top of the ninth inning when Ryan Bemish stepped up and drilled his first homer of the season over the right-field wall to extend play. Back came the Statesmen in the bottom of the frame. Coach Brew elected to issue intentional walks to power hitters Zack Shannon and Clay Casey to load the bases. The bold move worked with pitcher Eric Freeman getting the final out and pushing the affair into extra innings.

In the 10th, Jordan Howard, who enjoyed a big game at the dish, walked and Miguel Pimentel singled. Peyton Meeker put down a sacrifice bunt that moved Howard and Pimentel to second and third. Spencer Mossburg was intentionally walked and Chase Gadau followed with maybe his biggest hit of the season when his one-base hit scored Howard and Pimentel. Fernando Ortiz put an exclamation mark on the big inning when his hit put the Flames up 13-9.

Delta State fought back in the bottom of the inning and tallied one run before freshman Logan Workman got Statesmen power hitter Shannon to roll into a fielder’s choice and end the long extra-inning affair.

Howard drilled home runs, his 9th and 10th of the year, in his first two trips to the plate and also doubled and finished with four RBI. Bemish recorded three hits and knocked in three runs. Gadau had a pair of hits, scored twice and posted two RBI. Tyler Payne singled twice and scored ahead of Howard’s four baggers.

Wes Albert started and pitched 3.2 innings. He allowed six hits and six earned runs. Jay Prior gave the Flames a solid 2.2 innings. He surrendered just one hit and an earned run. Eric Freeman (4-4) got credit for the win. He came on to battle the loaded Delta State hitting attack. In 3.1 innings, the right-hander gave up eight hits but just two earned runs. Freshman Logan Workman got the game’s final out and picked up his third save of the year. The Statesmen used four pitchers and Hunter Riggins was charged with the loss.

“I was really proud of our fight,” said Brew after coaching his club to the first-game win. “We overcame a lot of defensive mistakes and walks to get the win. We swung the bats well and we had some big swings late by Beamish and Gadau to get us the lead. Workman, Freeman, and Prior gave us some excellent bullpen work against a really good line up.”


GAME 2 – Delta State 11, Lee 5

The Statesmen jumped out to an 8-1 lead after three innings and the Flames could never catch up. Although they battled for a single run in the fourth and three more runs in the fifth, Delta State put the seven-inning contest away with three runs in the sixth.

“We fell behind early and played catch-up all game,” pointed out the Lee skipper. “It’s tough to do that against Delta State. We fought back in the middle innings, but couldn’t keep them contained late.”

Jumpei Akanuma (6-1) started and took the pitching loss. In 2.1 innings, he allowed five hits and six earned runs. Pat Morrow worked the next 2.1 frames and gave up four hits and two earned runs. John Reese Gilmer was called on for an inning and surrendered four hits and three earned runs. Lance Hamilton got the final out for the Flames.

Dalton Minton (6-1) was the Statesmen winning hurler. He pitched four innings and gave up six hits, two earned runs, striking out five Flames. Peyton White came on to pick up his fourth save. In three innings, he surrendered a pair of hits but fanned seven Lee hitters.

Lee had two hits, one run and a RBI from Mossburg. Ortiz had a pair of hits while Gadau and Dalton Ney drove in runs with hits. The Statesmen were led by Shannon, who blasted his 24th homerun. The All-American now has a whopping 73 RBI. He finished the day with three hits and three RBI. Nick Morgan added three knocks, two runs and three RBI.  



PREP SCHEDULE

(Please notify us of any schedule changes and times as well as game and match scores at news@chattanoogan.com) Softball: MONDAY, APRIL 23 Soddy Daisy at Baylor 5 p.m.  Notre Dame at Silverdale 5 p.m.   TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Tyner at Brainerd Sequatchie Co. at Notre Dame Howard at Hixson Red Bank at East Ridge Riverdale at Baylor ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: 2018 Tennessee Orange And White Game

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)