The Chiefs battered archrival Creekview for 15 hits, six walks and five hit batsman in a 17-7 run rule-shortened game.
Sequoyah (13-7) put up four runs in the first inning off Creekview starter Hudson Graham.
Daniel Seres beat out a grounder to short and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but that was only the start. Russ McGlamry followed with a single before Tristan Roberts dropped a single to plate Seres. Jacob Weems singled in McGlamry before Evan Ezell moved the runners up with an infield grounder, and Brian Exley singled to drive in Roberts and Weems.
Creekview (11-9) put together a little offense of its own in the bottom of the first.
After Chandler Wold reached on a one-out double, Avery Smith doubled Wold home before advancing to third on a single by Nick Williams. Ryan Zentko then drove Smith in with a single up the middle, and that was all the offense the Grizzlies could muster in the innings.
After Graham settled down in the second, allowing just one run off two walks and a double by Seres, Creekview tied the game with a three-run second inning.
Zach Murdock started the inning with a single and stole second. A fielder’s choice moved him to third, and he scored when Wold reached on a two-out error. Smith drove Wold in with a triple, and Williams singled to bring in Smith for the game-tying run.
Case Carmichael entered to pitch for Creekview and struggled, hitting the first two batters he faced, Chandler Smith and Exley. A single by Brantley Flanagan drove in Smith, and Exley came home on a single by Grant Pfost. Seres drove in Flanagan as the Chiefs went up 8-5.
Sequoyah kept the bases loaded with a pair of walks, and a sacrifice fly plated Pfost before Kyle Wilkie relieved Carmichael.
After hitting the first batter he faced, forcing in Seres, Wilkie struck out two to end the inning.
After Creekview chipped away at the Chiefs’ 10-5 lead with a pair in the bottom of the inning, Sequoyah added a pair of tis own in the fourth inning. After Flanagan was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, he scored when Seres hit a long drive that bounced over the wall in left-center for a ground-rule double. An error on a hit by McGlamry allowed Seres to score before Wilkie worked out of the jam.
Neither team scored again until the sixth inning.
Sequoyah quickly loaded the bases on a hit batsman and a pair of walks, Wold took the mound and McGlamry drew a walk to force in a run. After a sacrifice fly allowed a second run to score, Devin McClesky came home when Weems reached on an error. Frank Ibar singled to reload the bases before Jordan Pfost singled to drive in Weems for the 17-7 advantage.
Weems took the mound in the bottom of the sixth and the Grizzlies went quietly, bringing the 10-run rule into play.
Both teams worked plenty of players into the game, which was more like a showcase than a Region 7AAAAA showdown. The game did not count toward region play.
Seres earned the win. He also had four hits, including two doubles, scored two runs and two RBIs.
While Creekview coach Mike Nayman was disappointed with the loss, he was glad the players got the experience of playing at a major league stadium.
“The scoreboard lights up, so you play it,” he said. “(Sequoyah) scored 17 runs, probably, in the first hour-and-a-half. You get into a slugfest early, and it’s certainly a different type of game.”
Sequoyah coach Joseph Jones said that, after scoring 29 runs in two games, he hopes his players have more confidence.
“Hitting is contagious,” Jones said. “I am happy for our kids. They worked very hard in practice to continue to get better and get better and get better, and it’s finally coming on. I’m proud of how they responded to our adversity for a couple of weeks.”
If nothing else, Saturday’s game may erase memories of Sequoyah’s two previous games against Creekview at Turner Field, both losses.
“No matter where you play, you get beat like that and it isn’t much fun,” Jones said. “They wanted it a little bit more (Saturday) than they have in the past. We are really playing together as a team and that is the biggest difference I have seen in them as a team.”
The teams will meet again in six days for a region game, and Jones his players will have to let Saturday’s win go and refocus.