Rhea County Baseball splits Tournament games

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Rhea County High School finished 2-2 in the four game East Hamilton Easter Classic over Easter weekend.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Eagles win 2 and lose 2 at East Hamilton Easter Tournament

April 15, 2017

Chattanooga, TN —  The Rhea County Eagles ended their four game Easter Classic Tournament at AT&T field on Saturday.  East Hamilton cooled off the Eagle bats in a 6-1 win after Eagles opened with two wins in three tournament games.

Rhea County began in great fashion with 13-1 win over Soddy on Thursday night.  Ross Pendergrass pitched 4 2/3 inning and gave up three hits and one run for the win.  Eagles actually trailed 1-0 going into bottom of first then exploded for thirteen runs in first two inning to win this one going away.  Westin Ray, Lane Keylon and Reece Cooley each had two hits and Cooley and Cam Wilkerson each had three runs batted in, while Westin Ray and Cameron Travis had 2 RBI.  Westin Ray had two doubles and Land Keylon one double in the game.

On Friday early game, the Eagles had early 1-0 lead before Boyd Buchanan scored the next seven runs to take 7-1 lead into seventh.  Eagles could only get three runs and dropped game 7-4.  Baylor Dulaney pitched well, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings while striking out seven.   Westin Ray, Lucas Travis and Cameron Travis each had two hits on the night and Braxton Dieckhaus had two runs batted in.  Dieckhaus had a double and Cameron Travis a triple to account for Eagle’s extra base hits.

Friday evening, the Eagles came back with win against Greater Gwinnett Christian, from Norcross Georgia.  Eagles trailed 5-3 going to bottom of fourth and exploded for nine runs in two innings to take 12-5 win.  Cameron Travis had big 3 hit, 3 run, 3 RBI night to lead the offense.  Dusty Smith had two hits and RBI as well.  Braden Sims started and was relieved in second inning by Lucas Travis who pitched five innings while giving up three runs and picking up the win.  Cameron Wilkerson had a home run and double in the game and Dusty Smith also had a double.

In the first three games several players had averages near or above .500.  Cameron Wilkerson hit .625 with six runs batted in to lead the way.  Reece Cooley hit .600, Lucas Travis .555, Cameron Travis .570.