11yo Laila Jones Finished Off Throws Double

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When Lance Rorex moved his baseball residency from Lookout Valley to Silverdale Academy prior to the 2020 season being washed, the one thing the veteran coach packed among his belongings was an aggressive base running, pressure inducing style of play which made his previous squads equal parts aggravating and successful.

 

The Seahawks displayed the coaches’ personality in Monday’s season opener, a 5-1 victory over visiting Boyd-Buchanan in the first of three district games Silverdale will tackle in opening week.  Rorex’s guys utilized four bunts and a pair of stolen bases, and pieced together more than enough offense for SBA starting pitcher Turner Junkins.

 

“We’ve got some guys who can hit it a long way on this team, but when the situation calls for it, we’re going to moves guys over and assert pressure. Of course today, everything began and ended with the guy on the mound. He was really effective, and wasn’t real happy when we didn’t let him finish it, but it’s a long season,” Rorex said.

 

Junkins allowed just three Buc hits, including two infield singles, and struck out six in using 79 pitches to get through six innings where he turned over a 5-0 lead to the bullpen.

 

“It was a good day, just fun to be out on the field. Arm felt good, and the defense made some plays. Good way to start the season off,” said Junkins, who is also one of the guys Rorex mentioned who could hit it a long way.

 

Junkins and Boyd-Buchanan starter Jacob Pickett matched each other pitch for pitch through the early going. After walking the bases full in the first inning, Pickett got a strikeout and a fly out to end the threat, and then whiffed the side in the second. He finished with eight Ks on the day in his 97-pitch outing.

 

“Jacob pitched well enough to win. That’s baseball. Things didn’t go our way on some balls we barreled, and it did for them. They found some holes and we didn’t, but proud of the way the guys competed to the end,” said Boyd-Buchanan coach Stephen Pryor.

 

The Bucs threatened in their second at-bat, getting a catcher’s interference and a stolen base from Pickett. Brodie Johnston then stroked a hard liner to center where Evan Padgett laid out to make the snag and save the run.

 

“That was a big play in center, and I think that got us going,” Rorex said.

 

SBA responded in the third when Junkins laced a 3-2 pitch on a line over the center field fence for a 1-0 lead.

 

“I was looking for a good fastball to hit, and I just was really focusing on not missing it if I got one. Coach Rorex has done a great job getting us ready for this week with a lot of on the field live at-bats, and so I was ready for the pitch,” Junkins added.

 

The Bucs again threatened in the fifth with a leadoff single by Jacob Hutcherson, who then got a great jump on a sac bunt, but not quite good enough. Hutcherson had his eyes on going from first to third on Cooper Jones’ bunt, but SBA first baseman Eric Boggess was perfect with the relay throw for the double play.

 

The Seahawks tacked on another run in the fifth after Junkins got hit by a pitch. Courtesy runner Jackson Hattaway moved to second on a sac bunt, and then stole third base. Brett Rogers ground out to second was quality, plating Hattaway for a 2-0 lead. Only a fantastic throw from Buc right fielder Cody Johnston kept it 2-0. Silverdale’s Sebastain Hanks had doubled after the RBI ground out, and Cameron Mullins lasered a single to right where Johnston gunned down pinch runner Alex Slycord for the third out.

 

“They do a good job with small ball. I thought we handled the pressure they put on us for the most part. The run in the fifth hurt, but we made a play to limit it and give ourselves a chance,” Pryor added.  

 

The Bucs got a leadoff base runner in the sixth on Cody Johnston’s infield hit, but Junkins fielded a ball back to the mound and Bryson Cline turned the double play at second and then struck out the final hitter he would face.

 

The Seahawks made the decision a little easier to pull Junkins in the final inning by pushing across three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Ian Reagan opened with a single and Boggess bunt was good enough down the line to put runners at first and second. Pinch hitter Connor Delashmitt hit a liner to center to score Reagan. Evan Padgett got Boggess home from third with a ground out and Brett Rogers singled to left to score Delashmitt for a 5-0 lead,

 

“The crooked number made it a lot easier to call it a day for Turner (Junkins). He had about 10 more pitches if it was close, but we’ve got three district games this week, and it’s a long season. We have a lot of kids on this team who will be in the lineup at some point or another this year as we figure it out,” Rorex added.

 

The Bucs avoided the shutout in the seventh when Brodie Johnston drew a one-out walk, and moved to second on a hard grounder to third which was misplayed. Another walk loaded the bases and Jake Perry ripped a single to center to score Johnston. The relay home from SBA’s Padgett was quick enough to have a second runner throw on the brakes coming around third, but a steady drizzle made it slick, and brakes don’t work well when it’s slick. Boggess cut off the throw home and easily got the out at third. A fly out to center ended it after that.

 

BOYD-BUCHANAN     000 000 1  – 1 4 2

SILVERDALE               001 013 x  – 5 8 3

Pickett and B. Johnston; Junkins, Clift (7), Cline (7) and Hanks.

 

(Conatact James Beach at 1134james@gmail.com)

Source : https://www.chattanoogan.com/2021/3/15/424950/Silverdale-Drops-Boyd-Buchanan-in.aspx

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