“The game started off pretty roughly,” said CHHS coach Mick Harper. “We kept our composure and were disciplined, battling back into the game quickly. We continued to put runs on the board, hit well, and ran the bases aggressively. I was really pleased.”
The game did not look like it would go Chapel Hill’s way early as the Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead. In the bottom of the first DC’s Connor Moroney walked and Brendan Anderson is hit by a pitch. Logan Tillem is then walked to load the bases. Dylan Wylkie stepped up to the plate and put the ball in play, reaching first on an error by the third baseman. Moroney and Anderson scored on the play. After a series of outs, both Wylkie and Tyler Blamble scored later in the inning to put the Tigers up by four.
Chapel HIll’s offense came to life in the top of the second, pushing five runs across the plate. Jason Phillips led off the inning with a walk and Jason Rodriquez singled to left, putting runners at first and third. Kyle Roberts then singled to right, scoring Phillips. Jacob McClure reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Rodriguez. After a Brandon Sattenfield walk, MJ Rookard hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Roberts. McClure scored on an error and Ryan Moffett grounded out to third, scoring Sattenfield.
The Panthers added two more runs in the third inning for a 7-2 lead. Mason Tritt singled to left and was replaced by Justen Epps, a courtesy runner, who stole second and third and then scored on a wild pitch. Phillips walked, stole second and advanced to third on the same wild pitch before scoring on a Roberts sac fly.
Chapel Hill took a commanding lead in the top of the fourth, scoring four more runs. Rookard opened the inning by reaching on an error. He advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch. Moffett walked and scored on a double by Lloyd. Tritt was hit by a pitch and Epps came in as a courtesy runner. Both runners moved up a base on a double steal and then Rodriquez doubled, scoring both players.
The Tigers scored their first runs of the game since the first inning when they pushed three across the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Arnold walked and Moroney doubled, scoring the runner. Moroney advanced to third on the throw home and scored on a wild pitch. Tillem tripled to center and scored on a sac fly off the bat of David Ihrig.
In the top of the fifth, Chapel HIll’s Rookard singled, stole second, and scored on a Moffett single to center. Moffett later scored on a wild pitch to put the Panthers up 13-7.
Chapel Hill scored their final four runs in the top of the seventh. Lloyd led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a Turner single. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch and then Phillips walked to load the bases. Two runners scored on an error by the DC third baseman after Rodriguez put the ball in play. Phillips and Rodriquez scored later on a double by McClure.
The Panthers outhit the Tigers 11-5. DC was hurt by five errors. Chapel Hill committed two errors.
Chapel Hill had two players record two hits in the game, Lloyd and Rodriquez. Moroney had the only multi-hit game for DC.
Moffett picked up the win for the Panthers, allowing four runs, one earned, off of three hits, over three innings of work. He walked four and struck out four. Moroney picked up the loss for DC. He allowed seven runs, six earned, over three innings. He allowed four hits, struck out one, and walked four.
DC vs. Lithia
Chapel Hill was not the only team to play at Douglas County on Thursday. The Tigers also hosted another intra-county game against Lithia Springs. The Lions went up 9-0 in the game and held on for an 11-9 victory. Game information was not reported to the Sentinel by deadline.
“It was an ugly win and I was not happy with it,” said LSHS coach John Fulkerson. “We played four good innings but just have to play better.”It was an ugly win and not happy with it, have to play better than we did played four good innings of baseball and just have to get better