Tenth inning again proves to be a successful one for Chiefs
by Emily Horos
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Tristan Roberts came into Wednesday’s game in the seventh inning and went the rest of the way, striking out seven and helping Sequoyah earn its second 10-inning win in as many nights.
<BR>Staff file photo by Kelly J. Huff
Tristan Roberts came into Wednesday’s game in the seventh inning and went the rest of the way, striking out seven and helping Sequoyah earn its second 10-inning win in as many nights.
Staff file photo by Kelly J. Huff
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CANTON — Evan Ezell scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Sequoyah completed a seven-run rally to beat Pope 7-6 in a Region 7AAAAA game Wednesday night.

Ezell, who drew a four-pitch walk from Pope reliever Matt Rowland to lead off the bottom of the 10th, advanced to second when Devin McClesky walked with one out, and both runners advanced when Grant Pfost was struck by a pitch.

With Jacob Cagle at the plate, Rowland threw a wild pitch, which allowed Ezell to score before Pope catcher Parker Orr could attempt a play at the plate.

For Sequoyah (10-4, 7-1) it marked the end of not only a long game, but a long two-day stretch. A day earlier, the Chiefs beat Forsyth Central in 10 innings.

On Wednesday, Sequoyah found itself trailing 6-0 after the second inning, only to steadily pull itself back into the game.

Sequoyah coach Joseph Jones said it felt good to win another time in extra innings. In all, the Chiefs are 3-1 in extra-inning games, including an 11-inning win over Northview on March 5.

“It’s really the kids never giving up,” Jones said. “I mean, we got down 6-0 and came back. We just fought and pitched and made plays, scrapped. I’m just proud of them for staying in it, fighting back and playing hard.”

Sequoyah scored the bulk of its runs in the third inning.

Pfost led off by reaching on an error, and Cagle followed with a single before Daniel Seres was walked on five pitches to load the bases.

Tyler Holmes then emptied the bases with one swing of his bat — a grand slam to right-center field pulled the Chiefs to within a pair of runs at 6-4.

Sequoyah added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Adam Patterson scored on a sacrifice fly by Ezell, but it wasn’t until the bottom of the seventh that the Chiefs finally pulled even with Pope (6-6, 5-2).

With two outs, Holmes was walked on four pitches by Chip Mattiford. Brantley Flanagan entered as a pinch-runner and advanced to second when Ezell singled to left field, and Flanagan scored when the ball was mishandled in the outfield.

Although errors ultimately cost Pope the game, it was Sequoyah’s own batch of errors that put the Greyhounds up 5-0 after the first inning.

With one out and the bases loaded in the top of the first, Orr reached on an error that allowed Joshua Lowe to score. A single by Jacob Culberson drove in Patrick Wiseman and allowed the other runners to advance before Brett Lyle reached on an error, allowing Brady John to score.

The Greyhounds added two more runs on a single by Jacob Ramos before Sequoyah was finally able to get out of the inning with a double play.

Sequoyah’s Tristan Roberts, who entered in the seventh inning, walked five and struck out seven, but he did not allow a run or a hit.

No Sequoyah player had more than one hit, but Seres reached base three times, singling once and drawing a pair of walks. Holmes was 1-for-3 with a walk and his grand slam.

Wiseman went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI for Pope. Culberson was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
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