Gabriel Garcia | The Advocate & Democrat
Sequoyah's Micah McCrary hits the game-winning walk-off RBI double in front of William Blount catcher Lane Bloom in the 11th inning Thursday night at Tim Leonard Field.
|Published: 1:55 PM, 05/04/2013
||Last updated: 1:55 PM, 05/04/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE â€” It just wasn't going to end any other way between two tough-minded teams coming into Thursday evening riding waves of momentum.
After more than three and a half hours and clutch plays from both sides, with night falling and the lights coming on at Tim Leonard Field, Micah McCrary's walk-off RBI double deep to left field meant Class AA's Sequoyah was the team left standing with an 11-10 win in 11 innings over William Blount.
With his game-winning hit, McCrary also became the winning pitcher, and he retired the Governors in order in the top of the 11th with the score tied at 10-10.
The Chiefs' Tanner Moser had attempted to score the winning run off Garrett Dalton's one-out double, but WB catcher Lane Bloom received the throw from the outfield just in time to tag Moser.
Dalton stole third on the first pitch to McCrary, and McCrary fought his way out of an 0-2 hole before giving the Chiefs the win over the first of their three scheduled opponents from the powerful District 4-AAA.
"Thatâ€™s a very, very good baseball district, and itâ€™s always a huge accomplishment when we can get a win from them," said Sequoyah coach Adam Kefauver, whose team handed then-undefeated AA powerhouse Pigeon Forge its first loss last week and asserted control of its District 5-AA with a sweep of Polk County.
Mark Treadway pitched starting in the ninth inning until the end and took the loss for the Govs, who came in with a three-game winning streak against Heritage, Knoxville Catholic and Bearden in league play.
"They would fit right in (4-AAA)," said WB coach Justin Young about Sequoyah (16-2).
Nursing a 9-7 lead in the seventh, Sequoyah's Josh Watson walked Derek Jones with bases loaded, scoring one run for WB (10-13). Dustin Moser, who was coming off Tuesday's gem at Polk County, came onto the mound to try to close the game against lead-off hitter Sean Patterson, but instead he walked Patterson and WB tied the game. Dalton came over to the mound and forced Drey Caplinger to hit a fly ball to center to keep it tied 9-9.
WB's Zeke Bonner struck out three of the four Chiefs he faced in the bottom of the seventh to start the free baseball.
The Govs went ahead 10-9 in the 10th when Sequoyah catcher Caleb Miner did not catch a strikeout of Caplinger, and his throw to the first baseman sailed wide. Patterson scored before Jake Johnson could fetch the ball and throw back to home plate, but Miner did manage to throw to second base and get Caplinger out.
Johnson, who had struggled at the plate the last few games for Sequoyah, led off the bottom of the 10th with a shallow single. Forrest McKane, who had struck out three times against WB and been mired in his own hitting slump, wiped his own troubles away with a double deep to left field to score Johnson and knot the game back up at 10-10.
"The best thing about this team is that itâ€™s not just one guy you count on," Kefauver said. "All across the board, it doesn't matter whoâ€™s up there, they always have a chance to make something good happen."
Treadway had an RBI single in the first inning to get the Govs on the board first, and WB extended its lead to 4-0 in the third with four hits, including a two-RBI line drive past the shortstop from Chandler Tuck.
The Chiefs closed to 4-2 in the bottom of the third with RBIs from Dalton's double and McCrary's single, but the Govs countered in the fourth with Bonner's three-RBI double.
But Sequoyah did not go away down 7-2. After Alex Stakely's run off a triple and outfield throwing error in the fourth, the Chiefs rattled off five more runs in the fifth, led off by McCrary's double that landed perfectly on the right foul line. After two walks, Watson's triple to right field scored three more, and Miner's sacrifice fly tied it, 7-7. Sequoyah went through its entire order, and McCrary was dinged in the head by a pitch with bases loaded to put the Chiefs up for the first time, 8-7.
"Give them credit, because they were down 7-2 and they didnâ€™t quit," Young said. "They came back and put pressure on us, and our guys didn't quit, either. I'm proud of my guys. They fought and they battled."
Sequoyah was to play again Friday at home against Greenback. The Chiefs will return to district play 5 p.m. Monday at Meigs, where they will attempt to clinch the top seed.
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