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Bulldogs win over Clarkrange in District 7A Tournament

The Red Boiling Springs Bulldog baseball team played the entire season and never came close to winning just one game. Last Monday night they traveled to Gordonsville and got that first win.

The Bulldogs first game was against Clarkrange who beat the Bulldogs twice this season. The scores in those two games were lopsided but on this night the Bulldogs gave the ball to Jared White to do the pitching. He pitched very well allowing only five hits and four runs and the Bulldogs used a 5 run fifth inning to grab a 7-4 lead. The Bulldogs held on to win by a final score of 7-4. The celebration was so loud that you could hear the noise in the parking lot.

The Bulldogs fell behind 1-0 in the second inning and Clarkrange added a run in the bottom of the third inning. The Bulldogs came right back to tie the game on two walks and hits by Aayden Cherry and Jareed White. White drove in both runs with a double to right field. The score stayed at 2-2 until the top of the fifth inning when the Clarkrange pitcher walked Chris Hackney and Aiden Link. Bulldog Brody Huffines singled in a run and Aayden Cherry drove a 2-2 pitch over the head of the Clarkrange right fielder to score two runs and one batter later Will Massey singled in two more runs to give the Bulldogs a 7-2 lead.

Clarkrange added single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings but White stopped the Buffaloes from doing any further damage. The small crowd gave the Bulldogs a nice hand and the record books will show the Bulldogs won this game. The Bulldogs will return to district play this Friday night against Gordonsville. This is a double elimination tournament. A special thanks goes out to Matt Swonner who held this team together and they rewarded their coach with a nice victory.

The Gordonsville Tigers beat the Bulldogs 18-0 on Saturday May 6th. We are not going to give you a detail report on that game except that Aiden Link started that game on the mound for the Bulldogs. Link is an 8th grader. Link did ok but errors cost the Bulldogs.

That same day the Bulldogs played Pickett County and the Bulldogs led this game 2-0 in the 5th inning only to see the Bobcats come roaring back with five runs on only three hits with walks and errors playing a major role. The Bulldogs knew that the loser of this game would be elimated from the tournament thus ending their season. Pickett County won over the Bulldogs 7-2.

The Bulldogs two runs came in the third inning on walks to Jared White and Brody Huffines and both scored on hits by Will Massey and Joe Birdwell. The Bulldogs left two runners stranded in the top of the 6th inning and a strikeout ended the inning. Pickett County will now face Gordonsville in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Aayden Cherry made all-district for the regular season and Jared White and Will Massey made all-tournament. Bulldog head coach Matt Swoner would like to express his thanks to the parents who worked on not only the field but the dougouts as well. Also the kids that took up money at the gate. A special thanks to the Macon County Chronicle for their support.