Many people say that it is great to come home again. For first year MCHS Head Baseball Coach Juan Clariday, home is where his heart is, as he faced the cross-county rival Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs to open this season.
Coach Jason East and his Bulldogs came calling to spoil the homecoming. The Bulldogs would threaten in the top of the first with a double by Matt French followed by a walk by Nick Dekard. Macon would then retire the side. In the bottom of the second Tyler Kemp would single, Jacob Haley would walk, Tyler Clark would reach on an error (scoring Kemp), and Austin Taft would drive in Haley with a fielder’s choice. MCHS leads 2-0.
RBS would get on the board in the top of the third. French walks, Dekard reaches on an error, and Spencer Tuck hits a single (scoring French). In the middle of the third Macon still leads 2-1.
In the bottom of the third, Macon would strike again. Ryan Craighead walks, Larken Whittemore reaches on an error, Kemp hits a single (scoring Craighead), and Taft hit a double (scoring L. Whittemore and Kemp). After three, MCHS leads 5-1.
Macon County would tack on four runs in the 5th inning by Taft, Ian Whittemore, Andrew Kempf, and Dalton Shrum. The game would end in the bottom of the 6th with a 2-run home run by Shrum for a final score of MCHS 12 RBS 1.
Austin Craighead would get the win and record 14 strikeouts. Matt French would record the loss but have several Macon runs which were unearned. Coach Juan Clariday gets credit for his first win as the skipper of his alma mater. Coach Jason East and the RBS team looks poised for a good season.
In further action this week, MCHS traveled to Smith County to take on the Owls on March 13th. The Tigers came away with the victory 6 to 5, scoring 3 runs to come from behind in the top of the 7th inning. Andrew Kempf pitches 5 1/3 strong innings and Dalton Shrum gets the win.
MCHS then traveled to Clay County on Thursday the 15th. Jacob McClard pitches a complete game allowing only two hits and eight strikeouts as the Tigers win 15-0.
The Tigers (3-0) will play in the Wilson County Invitational this coming week at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon. On Wednesday the 21st they are scheduled to play Wilson Central at 6:30 p.m. On the 22nd they are scheduled to play Station Camp and Oakland with those game times to be announced.