Rhea County Baseball looking up

Things are looking up for the Rhea County Eagle's baseball team so far this season with 3 wins this week to move record to 6-3. Exciting news for the week was emergence of pitching with two several outstanding efforts on the week.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Eagles win three of four games with 2 wins against White County, and 1 against Walker Valley balanced against Kingston loss

March 24, 2017

Evensville, TN —  Rhea County baseball had a great week with three wins in four chances on the week and they also went 2-0 in district play.  Eagles began the week in Sparta, Tennessee with an exciting weather shortened come from behind 10-9 win in 5 innings.  The then doubled up with a great performance on the mound by Baylor Dulaney to beat White County at Rankin field 8-1.  After a hiccup at Kingston with 6-2 loss, the Eagles returned home to win 7-3 on Friday behind the pitching of Ricky Gutherie.  The Eagles record now stands at 6-3 with a 3-0 slate in district play with scheduled game on Monday.

Rhea County 10 White County 9

Rhea County spotted White County a 9-1 lead after 3 innings and put 9 runs of their own in the 4/5 innings to take a 10-9 lead.  Rhea took a 12-9 lead in sixth but when weather shortened the game, score went back to five innings giving Eagles 10-9 lead.  Braxton Dieckhaus struggled in this one with nine runs before being relieved in the 3rd inning by Ross Pendergrass.  After giving up one run on his own in the 3rd, Ross shutout White County for the remainder of the five inning game to pick the win.  Westin Ray and Lucas Travis each had 3 hits to lead the offense and Cameron Travis added 3 RBI.  Eagles had 7 singles and 1 double on the night.

Rhea County 8 White County 1

What a difference a day makes.  After the 10-9 game on Monday, Eagles used outstanding pitching from Baylor Dulaney to win this one 8-1 as Baylor came close to getting the shutout before White County scratched the scoreboard in the 7th inning.  Baylor gave up 4 hits, 1 run, 4 base on balls and sat down 4 on strike outs.

Eagles had 10 hits at plate with 4 Eagles getting 2 hits on the night.  Westin Ray, Lucas Travis, Cameron Wilkerson and Braxton Dieckhaus each had 2 hits.  Cameron Wilkerson had his second home run of the season.

Kingston 6 Rhea County 2

Rhea ran into good pitching from Kingston as Eagle bats were silenced on the night.  Eagles had all 3 hits in the 4th inning and scored run in 5th with 3 walks and no hits as run scored on wild pitch.  Ross Pendergrass started and gave up 6 runs and Cameron Travis pitched well in 3 plus innings with no hits, no runs and 5 strikeouts.  Ross Pendergras also had 10 strikeouts on night.

Rhea County 7 Walker Valley 3

Rhea County finished off the week with 7-3 win over Walker Valley.  Ricky Gutherie pitched effectively for Rhea County as they won 7-3 in a game that was close throughout until a big 4 run bottom of the 6th gave Eagles the 7-3 final margin.  Gutherie gave up 5 hits, 4 walks and hit two batters on the night, while striking out 6.  Gutherie scattered the runners through the game and Walker Valley scattered 11 runners.  Gutherie came up with outs when needed and defense played well behind Ricky.

At the plate, Westin Ray and Braxton Dieckhaus led the way with 3 hits each.  Cameron Wilkerson walked 4 times on the night in 4 at bats. Dieckhaus and Dusty Smith had doubles.

Season Stat Summary

On the season, Braxton Dieckhaus and Westin Ray are neck and neck for batting average lead with .519 and .515 respectively.  Cameron Wilkerson had .458 average with 10 RBI.  Dieckhaus has 11 RBI and Westin Ray 16 runs to lead the team, while Lucas Travis has 11 runs scored.

Ross Pendergrass is 2-1 to lead the team in wins.  Cameron Wilkerson, Ricky Gutherie, Braxton Dieckhaus and Baylor Dulaney each have 1-0 records.  Before the season, Coach Ray said he had a lot of players on the team who could pitch and as the season goes, we are seeing some good performances over the first two weeks of the season.

Eagles are back in action today with 5 pm game against visiting Cumberland County with junior varsity to follow, weather permitting.  Game was moved to 5 pm due to possible rain tonight.



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