Passed ball leads Chiefs over Grizzlies
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
April 25, 2014 04:00 AM | 765 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Four teams were tied at the top of the Region 7AAAAA baseball standings, and something had to give.

That something happened Thursday night as Sequoyah used a passed ball to get by Creekview, winning 3-2 and breaking the logjam.

With the win, the Chiefs (17-9, 14-6) assured themselves of second place in the region behind Sprayberry, which swept the teams’ season series.

Creekview (14-9, 13-7) was left to take either the third or fourth seeds, based on the result of Pope’s game with Riverwood on Thursday.

Creekview led 1-0 at the end of four innings, only to see Sequoyah tie it in the top of the fifth. The Grizzlies came back with another run in the bottom of the fifth before the Chiefs scored what would be the final two runs of the game in the top of the sixth.

Sequoyah opened the sixth with a single by Austin Zietler before Evan Ezell followed with a triple to right field that drove in Zietler for the tying run and put Adam Patterson, who entered as a courtesy runner for Ezell, within 90 feet of a Chiefs lead.

With Brian Exley at the plate and facing a 3-1 count, the pitch from Creekview’s Jonathon Mouw skirted passed the catcher, allowing Patterson to dash home for what proved to be the winning run.

Creekview threatened in both the sixth and seventh innings, but it couldn’t plate the tying run. The Grizzlies stranded runners on first and third at the end of the sixth and had the tying run on second when Russ McGlamry struck out Brigham Gary to end the game.

Sequoyah mustered just five hits and overcame three errors on its way to the victory.

Tristan Roberts led Sequoyah, going 2-for-3. Jacob Cagle, Zietler and Ezell accounted for the other hits.

Erikson Lanning pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs — neither earned — on six hits and a walk to earn the win. McGlamry entered for the final 1 2/3 innings and struck out two, walked one and didn’t give up any hits for the save.

Creekview’s offense was led by twins Avery and Austin Smith, who each went 2-for-3. Max Holton was 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Kyle Wilkie and Chandler Wold both drew walks and scored for the Grizzlies.

Mouw pitched 6 2/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Wold entered in relief and walked one before getting the final out of the game.
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