Blue Devils close season with 9-8 loss in extra innings

MANCHESTER — A throwing error by the catcher allowed the winning run to score in the eighth inning as Lebanon lost in the Region 4-AAA semifinals at Coffee County 9-8 Monday night.
May 11, 2009

MANCHESTER — A throwing error by the catcher allowed the winning run to score in the eighth inning as Lebanon lost in the Region 4-AAA semifinals at Coffee County 9-8 Monday night.
Lebanon closed its season at 23-13 while Coffee County [26-10] advanced to the region finals Wednesday against Blackman, a 5-3 winner over Lawrence County.
Lebanon scored early, giving ace pitcher Craig Gann a 4-0 lead. Daniel Harrison was hit by a pitch and Chase Hudson walked, putting two runners on base. Dexter Cross hit a single, scoring both Harrison and Hudson, for a 2-0 Lebanon lead. Martin Mobley reached base via an error, putting runners at first and third base. Cross scored when Coffee County pitcher Brycen Davis attempted a pickoff throw that was thrown away. Sean White singled later in the inning scoring Mobley and it was 4-0 Blue Devils.
The Red Raiders answered in their half of the first as Jeremy Estill doubled and Sam Davis hit a pitch over the left-field wall to make it a 4-2 game. Trevin Potter was called on to relieve Gann and he got out of the inning with no
further damage.
"(Craig) Gann had a tired arm and did not have it tonight," Lebanon coach Tracy Slone said.
Lebanon added a pair of runs in the second inning. Harrison again was hit by a pitch and later scored on a single from Brent Morris. Cross followed with a double scoring Hudson and the score was 6-2 in favor of the Blue Devils.
Coffee County tied the game in the third inning, scoring four times. Sam Davis walked, Aaron Pearson singled and Brett Harris was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brycen Davis singled and Shane Warren grounded out, making the score 6-4.
Roel Srofe singled, scoring Harris and Brycen Davis and the game was tied at 6-6.
Coffee County took the lead on a  single by Brycen  Davis in the fourth inning. The Raiders got another run on a strike-three pitch that was thrown to first for the out, but Harris raced home on the play, giving  the hosts an 8-6 lead.
Lebanon battled back to score a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Hudson doubled, scoring Gabe Thompson, who bunted for a hit earlier in the inning. Cross hit a ball to the wall but was out trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Hudson scored on the play before the third out was made to again tie the score at 8-8.
Jeremy Estill, brought on in relief for Coffee County, struck out two batters in the eighth, giving the Raiders a chance in the home half of the inning.
With two runners on and two out, the runner at second base made an attempt to steal third. But the throw went into left field, allowing the winning run to score.
"The difference is we did not get a bunt down in the seventh inning," Slone said at the conclusion of his fifth season at Lebanon. "The kids battled and competed. I am proud of what they did. These guys set the bar high to get to the level we need to get to."

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