Ooltewah’s Chris Bayne fired a complete-game, two-hit shutout and the Owls scored seven runs in the sixth inning to beat Walker Valley, 8-0, Monday night in District 5-3A baseball action at A.C. “Bud” Ball Field.
Bayne allowed two singles and struck out 11. He threw 97 pitches – 62 for strikes – and struck out the side in the seventh inning to cap the impressive outing. Jordan Munck had a single in the third and Avery Gray singled in the sixth.
Nursing a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the sixth, Kody Dockery, Payton Keiser, Jacob Robinson, Tyler Phillips and Bayne all drove in runs as the Owls blew the game open.
Walker Valley used five pitchers, including three in the seventh, against the Owls.
Ooltewah took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Kael Williams reached on an infield hit. Williams advanced home on three passed balls.
That score held up through five innings.
Bayne singled to start the seven-run sixth. Fisher Perry followed with a hit to center field, moving courtesy runner Wes Duncan to second. Williams’ sacrifice bunt moved each runner up one base.
Trevor Dunlevy, batting for Steven McHone, worked the count to 3-2 and fouled off four pitches before drawing a walk to load the bases. Dockery walked to force in Duncan and give the Owls a 2-1 lead. The bases were still loaded. Quentin Ingram ran for Dockery.
Keiser stroked a one-out single to center and Perry and McHone scored to push the margin to 4-1. Colby Taylor walked to reload the bases and Robinson’s double pushed two more runs across.
Taylor scored on a wild pitch and the Owls had a 7-1 lead. Bayne’s single produced the final eight-run victory.
With the big cushion, Bayne took care of business in the seventh, fanning Ben Essenberg, Traegan Gober and Harrison Price to end the game.
Robinson and Bayne each had two hits for Ooltewah. Robinson and Keiser drove in two runs. Eight different players scored for the Owls.
Walker Valley starter Ethan Hailey, who gave up three hits and one run in 4 1/3 innings, took the loss.
Walker Valley 000 000 0 – 0 2 1
Ooltewah 010 007 x – 8 8 3
Hailey, Swafford (5), Munck (6), Godsey (6), Klepzig (6) and Calfee; Bayne and Dockery.
Soddy-Daisy 16, McMinn County 4: The Trojans brought out their hot bats and torched the Cherokees with a 13-hit attack sparked by Aaron Couch and Noah Howard.
Couch and Howard each went 2 for 3, drove in three runs and scored twice for the Trojans (5-2, 2-1). Seth Coffelt also had two hits in three at-bats, drove in a pair of runs and scored once. Landon Maynor and Harrison Travis each had a hit and two RBIs.
The Trojans scored nine runs in the second inning. Coach had an RBI single. Howard stroked a run-scoring double and later scored on an error, Landon Maynor slapped a two-run single to left and Hayden Maynor’s infield grounder pushed Coffelt home.
In a four-run fifth, Couch and Howard each had a run-scoring single Coffelt a sacrifice fly and Howard came home on a fielding error. Couch smacked a two-run double in the third inning.
Soddy-Daisy 192 04 – 16 13 3
McMinn County 004 00 – 4 4 4
Coffelt and Travis; Frank, Smith (3) and Harris.
East Hamilton 4, Cleveland 3: The Hurricanes (4-2, 3-0) overcame a two-run deficit with a three-run seventh inning to pull out the District 5-3A victory at East Hamilton.
Bradley Garland led off with a single and Blake Hedrick singled up the middle and Pierce Durham’s bunt single loaded the bases. Cleveland pitching ace Patrick Williams recorded his ninth strikeout, he walked Josh Brown to push Garland with the ‘Canes’ second run.
Cleveland retired Hedrick at home plate on Conner Thornburg’s infield grounder. Jack Stone’s swinging but was fielded by the Blue Raiders’ third baseman but his throw to first was wildly errant and the misplay allowed Durham and Brown to score the go-ahead and winning runs.
Chase Roberts (1-1) picked up the win in relief of starter Isaac Moulds. Roberts worked the final two innings and gave up three hits and one run. He walked one and struck out two. Moulds threw five innings and allowed two hits and two runs while striking out seven and walking one.
Williams yielded five hits and four runs. He walked three.
Landon Beaty went 3 for 3 for Cleveland (1-2, 0-1), including a two-run single in the second inning that gave the Blue Raiders a 2-1 lead. Beaty also stole two bases. Edwin Vargas added a run-scoring single.
The teams play again Tuesday night at Cleveland at 7 p.m.
Cleveland 020 000 1 – 3 5 3
East Hamilton 100 000 3 – 4 5 1
LP – Patrick Williams
WP – Chase Roberts
Silverdale 11-8, McMinn Central 1-3: Sebastian Hanks collected two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Seahawks (6-0) in an 11-1 rout of the Chargers in Game 1. Landon Franklin had an RBI double in a 10-run third inning.
Franklin was also the winning pitcher and gave up three hits and one run over five innings.
Hanks was on the mound in an 8-3 second-game victory, throwing a seven-inning complete game. He gave up three hits, three runs and struck out nine.
Franklin went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs. Hanks was 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI and Creighton Johnson had two hits in three at-bats with an RBI and scored a run.
Silverdale will return to action on Thursday and Friday in the Ooltewah Invitational.
McMinn Central 010 00 – 1 3 3
Silverdale 00(10) 01 – 11 9 1
Reno and Cardin; Franklin and T. Junkins
McMinn Central 000 120 0 – 3 3 0
Silverdale 002 222 x – 8 6 0
Cardin and Runyan; Hanks and Clift