Indians advance in regionals
Marked Tree and Cedar Ridge squared off in Class 2A North Regional baseball tournament this past Monday in Tuckerman. The Indians took the early 2-0 lead before the Timberwolves came back and took the lead at 4-2. Marked Tree plated runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to take a 7-4 victory.
Brody McCrary had a fairly easy first inning as the leadoff batter reached via an error before McCrary retired the next three batters, the last two being on strikeouts. Blake Daniels got a two-out single and Dylan Hunt walked but both were left stranded in the bottom of the firs. McCrary retired the side in order in the top of the second. McCrary reached on a two-out error in the bottom of the second and the Indians capitalized on it with Hunter Pitts driving in McCrary with a single to put Marked Tree up 1-0 after two innings of play.
McCrary again set the Timberwolves down in order in the top of the third. The Indians added another run in the bottom half as Hunt singled and scored on a triple by Bailey Gilbert to make it 2-0 Indians. Cedar Ridge scored three runs to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth.
The Timberwolves made it 4-2 as they added a run in the top of fifth. Marked Tree answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. Hunt singled with one out and Octavius Dean was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. Gilbert drove a pitch over the left-center field fence for a three-run home getting the lead back for Marked Tree.
The Indians added a couple more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Connor Fields reached second on an error and stole third to get in scoring position. Hunter Pitts was hit by a pitch and went to second without a throw to put two runners in scoring position. Daniels brought in Fields and Pitts with a single to put Marked Tree up 7-4. Cedar Ridge loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs as McCrary struck out the final batter to end the game.
Gilbert led the Indians offensively collecting two hits, a triple and home run, a run scored and four RBIs on the day. Daniels had two hits and two RBIs as Hunt also had two hits and scored two runs. Pitts finished with a hit, run scored and RBI. Fields, Dean and McCrary all scored a run.
McCrary picked up the win going all seven innings allowing four runs on two hits. He walked four, struck out four and hit one batter.
Marked Tree came back Tuesday and faced conference foe Riverside in the semi-finals. The Rebels had a five run fifth inning to go up 7-4 and held on for the victory.
Gilbert had another good game for the Indians belting a home run with two RBIs and a run scored. Daniels, Fields and Hunt had a run scored.
Daniels took the loss as he went the distance giving up seven runs on seven hits. He walked four and struck out five.
The Indians had to play another game Tuesday to determine seating in the state tournament. They faced another conference foe in McCrory and was handed an 11-0 loss to make the Indians the number four seed from the 2A North region.
Daniel Rucker, Pitts, Fields and Daniels each had a hit for the Indians.
Fields took the loss for the Indians going 3 2/3 innings as he gave up seven runs on seven hits while walking five and striking out one. Jacob Organ pitched the final 1 1/3 innings. Organ gave up four runs on three hits as he walked four and struck out two.
The Indians will open play in the Class 2A state tournament on Thursday, May 9.