War­riors hold on to play­off hopes

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

With three games left to play, the LFO War­riors be­gan the new week still in the hunt for one of the four Class 3A state tour­na­ment berths from Re­gion 6, but can not af­ford an­other loss in the last week of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The War­riors (15-9, 8-7) will play at Mur­ray County on Tues­day be­fore host­ing play­off con­tender Bre­men for Se­nior Night on Thurs­day. Fri­day will see LFO in an­other huge game at Adairsville.

Ring­gold has al­ready clinched the re­gion ti­tle, while Cal­houn, Bre­men and Adairsville are all tied for sec­ond place at 10-5 in the stand­ings. Har­al­son County sits in fifth place at 9-6, one game ahead of LFO.

LFO 15, North Mur­ray 3

Last Mon­day, the War­riors sent a dozen bat­ters to the plate in the top of the third in­ning and watched nine of them score as they went on to rough up the Moun­taineers in Chatsworth.

LFO took a 2-0 lead in the top of the sec­ond. Jack­son Her­rod scored on a wild pitch and Matthew Trus­ley came home on a sac­ri­fice bunt by Jar­rett McAfee.

But the dam­age was done in the third. Jake Bass had a pair of RBI-sin­gles in the frame. McAfee also de­liv­ered a run-scor­ing sin­gle, while Trus­ley knocked in two runs with a base hit. Ja­cob Flana­gan and An­drew Brock both drew walks with the bases loaded and both scored on a Moun­taineer er­ror later in the in­ning.

Four more runs would come home in the top of the fifth. Her­rod sup­plied the big blow with a three-run dou­ble be­fore later scor­ing o Trus­ley’s sac­ri­fice fly.

Brock had three hits, scored three times and stole two bases. Trus­ley had two hits and matched Her­rod with three RBIs, while Bass also had a dou­ble as one of his two hits.

Zach Coots pitched three in­nings to get the win. He did not al­low a hit, a run or a walk and fin­ished with five strike­outs. Matthew Shields pitched the fi­nal two in­nings, al­low­ing three runs - two earned - on three hits and three walks with three strike­outs.

LFO 3, Coahulla Creek 2

The War­riors man­aged just three hits at home last Tues­day, but it would be enough as they squeaked past the Colts. LFO man­u­fac­tured all three runs in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning to rally from a 2-0 deficit.

LFO’s rally got started as Gio­vanni Bar­roso reach first base on a dropped third strike. McAfee was hit by a pitch and Joseph Hein­rich bunted for a sin­gle to load the bases. One out later, Colts’ pitcher Grant Ogle would is­sue back-to­back walks to Flana­gan and Brock to bring in the ty­ing runs. Hein­rich would score mo­ments later on a ground­out off the bat of Bass to put LFO in front for the first time in the game.

Af­ter five solid in­nings from starter Ri­ley Mosier, Coots came in for a two-in­ning save. Coots did not al­low a hit and gave up just one walk, strik­ing out two. Mosier recorded the win, giv­ing up two earned runs on five hits with one strike­out.

Bass and Bar­roso had the only other hits for LFO, both sin­gles.

Har­al­son County 10, LFO 5

The War­riors gave up a pair of home runs and a five-run fifth in­ning as they dropped a de­ci­sion to the Rebels in Tal­lapoosa on Thurs­day.

LFO trailed 5-0 when they scored twice in the top of the fifth, but a five-run out­burst by the home team in the home half of the in­ning would

put the game away. LFO would score its fi­nal three runs in the top of the sev­enth on a homer by Bass.

Flana­gan had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run in the loss. Bar­roso also had two hits and Trus­ley col­lected a dou­ble. Coots pitched 4.1 in­nings, giv­ing up 10 runs - seven earned - on 11 hits and four walks with six strike­outs. Trus­ley threw the last 1.2 in­nings. He al­lowed one hit and a walk with two strike­outs.

LFO 11, Sono­rav­ille 1

The War­riors kept their play­off hopes alive by scor­ing 10 unan­swered runs in the last four in­nings to beat the vis­it­ing Phoenix on Fri­day night.

Bass had a big night by go­ing 3-for-4 with five runs bat­ted in. He de­liv­ered an RBI-sin­gle in the bot­tom of the first in­ning, an­other RBIs­in­gle as part of a three­run third in­ning and a bases-clear­ing three-run dou­ble in the fourth as the War­riors put up five runs to take con­trol of the game for good.

Bar­roso had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice. Car­son McCam­mon was 2-for3 with a run and an RBI. Trus­ley was 2-for4 with a run scored. McAfee had two hits and Flana­gan also picked up an RBI.

Mosier worked all six in­nings to get the win. He walked six bat­ters, but al­lowed just four hits and only one earned run with one strike­out.

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