Hokes Bluff edges out Chero­kee County for area cham­pi­onship

PREP BASE­BALL

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Grant Bene­field

nings of work with three strike­outs and two walks.

The War­riors’ Noah Led­bet­ter also had an out­stand­ing per­for­mance on the mound. He struck out three and al­lowed just one walk and four runs through his seven in­nings.

Led­bet­ter also col­lected a walk and a hit in three at- bats for the fourthranked War­riors (19-7, 4-2).

“This was just a great game,” War­rior coach Fran Blanchard said. “This was the best two teams in the area and it came down to one game. They just had a few more things go their way and that’s how it went.”

Both teams got on the board in the first in­ning, with Wy­att Wat­son giv­ing the Ea­gles a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

War­rior catcher Jy Lock­ridge re­sponded with a two-out solo shot in the bot­tom half of the in­ning, ty­ing the game at a run apiece.

The next four in­nings were dom­i­nated by Ste­wart and Led­bet­ter, keep­ing the game tied un­til the sixth.

The War­riors suf­fered a costly blow in the top of the sixth when Ea­gle des­ig­nated hit­ter Koby Ad­di­son blasted a three-run homer to left field, giv­ing Hokes Bluff a 4-1 lead.

Chero­kee County cut the deficit in the bot­tom half of the in­ning with their sec­ond home run of the day — this one a tworun shot by lead-off hit­ter Jaren Lock­ridge to make the score 4-3.

Af­ter keep­ing the Ea­gle bats at bay in the top of the seventh, the War­riors had one fi­nal shot down by a run.

Chris Ray reached base with one out, but Ea­gle pitcher We­ston Ball re­tired the next two bat­ters to earn the save and se­cure the area cham­pi­onship for Hokes Bluff.

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