Eagles win 7-0 behind Hale and Sims on the mound
Evensville, TN — Rhea County High School baseball won 7-0 over Stone Memorial on Saturday afternoon to move on in district play. With the win they move on to play Cookeville in a best of three series that begins on Monday at Cookeville High School in a 7 pm EST start time. Eagles return home for 7 pm est game against Cookeville on Tuesday night. The Eagles expect to see Joshua South on the mound for Cookeville and he has been good. He is a Belmont commitment. He has a high end fastball of around 87 and has been very good this year.
Rhea County erupted for six runs in the second inning to score all the runs they would need and Hunter Hale and Braden Sims held the Panthers scoreless for six innings. Reece Cooley got the first of four Rhea County singles in the second inning to get things started. After Cooley’s single came walk to Ross Pendergrass, singles by Hunter Hale and Lucas Travis before a d Blaine Reel double put across third and fourth runs of the inning. After walks were issued to Keaton Ray and Dawson Lytle, Matt Levi hit a double to score the last run of the inning and give Eagles 6-0 lead. Matt Levi and Hunter Hale chipped in with two hits each.
Hunter Hale and Braden Sims held Stone to three hits while striking out seven hitters. Lucas Travis had perfect 3-3 day at the plate and scored two runs to pick up the “Iron Eagle” award for most valuable player for the game.”
After the game Coach Ray challenged the team not to be afraid of Cookeville. Coach Ray said, “I like this matchup Whatever happened in the past does not matter.”
Game MVP Lucas Travis said, “We begin with Cookeville, to get a win at Cookeville and come home would be awesome to be able to put away Cookeville at home on Tuessday. That would be awesome way to end the season.”