We're just about two weeks into the prep baseball season, and I could not be more excited.
Baseball is my sport. Spring is the most wonderful time of the year.
I had the privilege of taking in two high school games Monday, and I saw a lot of runs and some pesky rain.
FINAL/5: CAK 11, Alcoa 0
I was looking forward to this game for several reasons, including a) the fact both teams had started off the season with impressive records, and b) the noticeable scouting presence behind home plate that was taking in the talent on the field. This was also the first district game for either team in 2017.
Needless to say, the Warriors' bats and arms prevailed in a big way.
Spencer Strider impressed on the mound, fanning 12 Tornadoes and allowing no runs to earn the win.
His offense did more than enough for him. Alcoa had already walked four consecutive batters in the first inning (giving the Warriors their first run) before Designated hitter Cole Campbell crushed a bases-loaded, RBI single to make it 2-0.
After a bases loaded hit-by-pitch made it 3-0, Garrett Breeden smoked a fly ball into left field for a sacrifice fly and a RBI. The Warriors capped their first inning rally at 4-0.
Hudson Chastain would contribute a sacrifice fly of his own in the second inning and a two-RBI single in the third.
Connor Quinn would knock in two on a RBI single in the third inning to extend the lead to 10-0.
The two teams will meet again immediately; CAK (9-2) will host Alcoa (6-1) Tuesday.
DELAYED/TOP 5: Gibbs 7, Anderson County 0
The Eagles and Mavs will have to finish this game Tuesday after rain and lightning in the Corryton area postponed it an extra day.
Before the storm, however, Gibbs had a stranglehold on this game from the get-go.
The Eagles exploded for four runs in the bottom of the third. With two runners in scoring position, Gibbs' Shaun Park was able to drive one in on a RBI groundout to shortstop. Shortly thereafter, Parker Lett hit an opposite field single to right field, extending the lead to 5-0. Brennan Davis contributed a two-RBI single to make it 7-0.
Starting pitcher Brady Spangler threw 34 of his 51 pitches for strikes. He struck out three while only giving up two hits in his 4.1 innings of work.
Anderson County (4-6) and Gibbs (5-2) were already scheduled to play another game against each other Tuesday on the Mavericks' home turf. Therefore, the two teams will pick up this game in the top of the fifth Tuesday, at Anderson County, before playing their regularly scheduled game there.
Also worth mentioning...
Farragut (10-1) has been fantastic so far this season. After going 6-0 in the Gulf Coast Classic in Alabama, competing with some of the region's best teams, the Admirals have shown no signs of slowing down in late March.
Rankings mean nothing right now, but Farragut comes it at no. 2 in Prep Baseball Report's Top 25 Power Rankings. In the same poll, CAK comes it at no. 6, Karns at 16, and Sweetwater at 25. (Alcoa just missed the cut.)
The Admirals were just able to hold off Maryville (3-4) Monday, winning 5-3. Farragut used a three-run third inning to jump out a 5-0 lead, thanks in part to a Justen Freeman RBI double.
Owen Kovacs earned the win, throwing 5.1 innings and striking out two batters. He gave up all three Maryville runs (two earned) and walked three batters. Brad Day pitched a flawless 1.2 innings of relief, only needing 12 pitches and one strikeout to seal the victory.
Freeman, Cade Burkey, and Carson Wright all collected multiple hits for the Admirals.
Farragut will host district rival Bearden (3-8) Wednesday. The Admirals have already posted a 3-1 record in their district, and are on a four-game win streak.