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Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A RBI- sin­gle gave Cedar Bluff an early 1-0 lead. A pair of dropped fly balls by Chero­kee led to three un­earned runs for the Tigers in the sec­ond in­ning, with Ben­jamin John­son pro­vid­ing the big blow with a two-run sin­gle to make it 4-0.

Sin­gle runs in the top of the fourth and fifth in­nings gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead.

In the fifth, Sa­muel Cosby got a two- out sin­gle be­fore scor­ing on Ryne Burt’s RBI- dou­ble down the left field line.

Chero­kee fi­nally broke through in the bot­tom of the sev­enth with a pair of un­earned runs of its own. With two outs and run­ners at sec­ond and third, a field­ing er­ror on Cedar Bluff led to both runs scor­ing to break up the shutout.

Justin Wil­liams led Chero­kee with a 2-for-3 show­ing at the plate. An­thony Din­gler was 2-for-4 with three runs to lead the Tigers.

Carsten Houston-Smith took the loss while Keaton Kil­gro struck out five to get the com­plete-game vic­tory for Cedar Bluff.

The sec­ond game fea­tured four lead changes, in­clud­ing two in the fi­nal 1 ½ in­nings. Mo­ments af­ter Chero­kee scored three runs in the top of the sixth in­ning to grab a 7-4 lead, Cedar Bluff an­swered in the bot­tom of the frame with five runs. The In­di­ans pushed a sin­gle run across the plate in the top of the sev­enth, but left the ty­ing run in scor­ing po­si­tion when the Tigers recorded the fi­nal out.

Chero­kee wasted lit­tle time tak­ing the lead in the sec­ond game. Af­ter Trey Le­fan sin­gled and later scored from third on a wild pitch, a tworun dou­ble by Hunter Rivers gave the In­di­ans a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers scored two runs each in the bot­tom of the first and third in­nings be­fore Wil­liams drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game. Fol­low­ing a score­less fifth in­ning, the In­di­ans scored three runs off four hits in the top of the sixth to take the lead. The scor­ing spree chased Kil­gro from the mound af­ter he reached his pitch count for the se­ries.

Cedar Bluff, how­ever, re­sponded. Af­ter two quick outs, the Tigers strung to­gether four straight hits to re­gain the lead.

Nine play­ers recorded 10 hits in the sec­ond game for Chero­kee. Van­win­kle led the way with a 2-for-4 show­ing. Dakota Dob­bins was 3-for-4 with a RBI to lead Cedar Bluff.

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