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.