Hokes Bluff edges out Cherokee County for area championship
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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