Eagles come from down 4-0 to win 13-8. Honor Jake York and family before game.
March 15, 2017
Evensville, TN — Rhea County Baseball began defense of its 6-AAA District Title on Wednesday with a 13-8 win over visiting Warren County on opening night for 2017 season. Before the game, York family members were on the field to receive gifts and thanks from Coach Ray and the baseball team. Jacob York, who tragically died last summer in a lightening strike, was a good friend of Rhea County baseball Coach Ray. Michael, Julie, Hope and Seth were representing the York family. Seth York, Jacob’s youngest brother threw out the first pitch.
After such an emotional start to the day, the mood took a quick downturn as Warren County put up four runs on Braxton Dieckhaus, to take a 4-0 lead after one half inning. Fortunately for the Eagles games are seven innings and not just one half an inning. Rhea came in and quickly picked up two runs to move the deficit to 4-2 after one inning. Eagles and Dieckhaus settled down in the second to shut out Warren and Rhea County used a 6 run bottom of second inning, capped by Cam Wilkerson home run, to take an 8-4 lead after two innings. Getting hits in the inning were Dieckhaus, Keylon, Cameron Travis, Westin Ray, Lucas Travis and Cam Wilkerson.
In the top of the fourth inning Warren scored two runs to cut lead to 8-6 but the Eagles used five hits and two walks to push the lead up to 13-6 with a five run inning. Getting hits were Ray, Dieckhaus, Smith, Cooley and Cameron Travis.
On the night, Dieckhaus gave up six runs and four walks while striking out five batters. Baylor Dulaney pitched two innings, giving up two runs, one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. The Eagles committed five errors on the evening.
Westin Ray was selected as Player of the game and received a MVP belt from Coach Ray.
Seth York throws out first pitch, Jacob York remembered.
When contacted, Julie York and family wanted to thank Coach Rusty Ray, Rhea County High School and the RCHS baseball family. They said, “Thanks for honoring us and our son Jacob. Most Rhea Countians are aware of Jake’s football talent, but baseball was the sport he first came to love.”
“As a member of the Greeneville Marlins baseball organization for 6 years our family made countless memories with him on and around baseball diamonds all over East Tennessee and the Southeast United States.
“It was very touching and emotional for us to receive this honor on a baseball field where Jake made so many great plays, but also built character, matured into a great young man, and built relationships with people who are still blessing our family today.”
Coach Ray said, “Jacob was a good friend. We went fishing together and I enjoyed being around Jacob. He was not only a great athlete but an even better person.”
After opening day, the Eagles traveled to Pigeon Forge area for a four game set of games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They split four games over the weekend.
Rhea County beat Gibbs 5-4.
Rhea County Lost to Pigeon Forge 9-8.
Rhea County beats Oak Ride 12 to 9.
Karns beats Rhea 11 to 4.
Eagles play four games this week. On Monday, Eagles travel to White County for 6:30 game and on Rhea County hosts White County at 6:30 PM. Thursday Eagles travel to Kingston for 5:30 game and on Friday, Rhea County hosts Walker Valley at 7 PM.