Rhea County Baseball edged out 4-3 by Walker Valley

After Rhea County's Hunter Hale gave up four early runs, he held Walker Valley in check for the rest of his stint but Eagles could only come up with three runs in the 4-3 loss at home.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Eagles spot Mustangs four early: Come back comes up short

April 2018

Evensville, Tn —  Rhea County High School baseball team fell behind 4-0 after two innings and come up short with 4-3 loss.  Eagles gave the Mustangs four singles in the second that produced three runs to run their lead to 4-0 early in the game.  Pierce, Gibson, Schubert and Shamblin each had singles in the three run second inning.  Starter Hunger Hale settled down and pitched shutout ball over the next four inning before giving way to Jared Fisher for the final inning.  The Eagles started slowly on offense with just 2 hits over the first three innings.  They puts up eight hits over the next four innings and put across two runs in the fifth inning with Eagles scoring two runs thanks to Matt Levi grounder that Walker Valley did not handle.  Levi then scored final run in seventh on wild pitch after getting single.  Dusty Smith also singled in seventh but Eagles could not get the tying run home in the loss.  On the night, Matt Levi had two singles and Keaton Ray, Reece Cooley and Dusty Smith had singles.  Hunter Hale pitched six inning, giving up seven hits, three runs while striking out six batters and walking one.  Jared Fisher pitched the seventh inning, giving up two hits while striking out three.

Cookeville 6 Rhea County 5

Cookeville, Tn —  Rhea County lost a heart breaker on a walk off two-home run by Dylan Sparks in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Eagles went into inning with 5-4 lead.  Rhea County used four hits by Keaton Ray(2B), Reece Cooley(2b), Dusty Smith(1B) and Lucas Travis(1B) to take a 4-1 lead after 2 1/2 innings.   Cavaliers came back with two runs in bottom of third to pull within 4-3 after three innings.   Keaton Ray and Reece Cooley drove home two runs each to account for the four runs.  Each team added a run over the next four innings and as a result the Eagles lead 5-4 going into bottom of seventh inning.  After Eagles got first out, Cookeville coaxed a walk and then Sparks hit a fly ball that got up in the wind and came down on the other side of the fence for the dramatic walk home win for Cookeville.

Ross Pendergrass started for Rhea County and pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 walks while striking out three.  Baylor Dulaney relieved and pitched 2/1/3 innings.  Baylor gave up 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks while striking out two.

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