Cheatham County Central hosted Sycamore last Monday night in what was the first in-county rivalry game of the year for the two schools. Sycamore used a fast start and a strong finish to defeat the Cubs 10-5.
John Hale was hit on the first pitch of the game and the War Eagles had their first baserunner. It didn’t take long for Hale to find himself in scoring position and he came into to score on a groundout. Riley Palmer collected the RBI on the play. Sycamore wasn’t done, though, as Elijah Haskins scored on a Jaden Hickman single and then Kenny Harris scored on a Justin Johnson single as well. Sycamore had a 3-0 lead heading to the bottom of the first inning.
Cheatham’s offense failed to score in the first inning and Sycamore came back to the plate and added another run thanks to Austin William’s baserunning. Williams scored on a dropped third strike but that would be all the runs Sycamore would get.
Cheatham again couldn’t score in the second inning but Sycamore came right back and continued to add to its lead. Harris found himself on base again and scored after an infield error. Sycamore took a 5-0 lead in the third with that run.
The Cubs finally found some offense thanks to a double from DJ Edmondson as Brady Pemberton made his way around and beat the throw home. Cheatham was able to add another run later in the inning as Edmondson scored thanks to a single from Brooks Gibson. Sycamore still led 5-2 at the end of the third inning but Cheatham was on the board.
Sycamore’s offense failed to score in the fourth inning for the first time in the game but Cheatham couldn’t capitalize and the score stayed 5-2 in favor of Sycamore.
Sycamore was able to score again in the fifth inning after a fly ball from Johnson fell just in front of a diving Christian Terranova in left field. Haskins came around to score yet another run. With that score, Sycamore took a 6-2 lead to the bottom of the fifth inning.
Cheatham’s offense finally got rolling in the fifth inning and made it a one-run game after an Edmondson single scored both Pemberton and Cooper Owen changing the score to 6-4. Cody Risner then reached due to an error as Edmondson scored. Heading to the sixth inning, Sycamore’s lead had been cut to only one run.
Sycamore added two more runs in the sixth inning as Williams scored on an error and Hale scored on a line drive single by Graham Marcum. The War Eagles were able to add two more for good measure in the seventh inning as Noah Nieves hit a double to drive in Williams and Hale once again.
Cheatham loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t capitalize. The War Eagles won 10-5.
“I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a spring without baseball and I got it last year and I got it and didn’t really like it. It’s been great to be back out here, it’s nice to have the kids around and they’ve been itching to play and they hate these rainouts we’ve had but we’re happy to be back out here,” Sycamore coach Matt Carrigan said. “We’re trying to improve every step of the way. I told them (the team) that tonight we came out here and we played better. We want to continue to improve and that’s all I can really ask for. The goal is to peak in May. These games are nice to win but it matters in May.”
“I’m happy to get to see these kids again,” Cheatham coach Michael Pauley said. “Not getting to see these kids or watch them play in a year isn’t fun. The academics are important but if you take sports away from these young men it’s a big part of their lives. This is a big part of learning that they carry on with them.”
Cheatham continued the rest of the week and struggled as the Cubs dropped the second game against Sycamore on Tuesday 14-3 and then lost to Jo Byrns on Thursday by a score of 13-7 and East Nashville on Friday 9-5.
Cheatham will get its chance to get back on track next week as the Cubs are scheduled to host White House on Monday, April 5 and then travel to White House on Tuesday. Cheatham will round out the week with a game at Hume-Fogg on Friday.
Harpeth dropped both games of a doubleheader on Tuesday as they played host to White House-Heritage. The Patriots defeated Harpeth 8-1 in the first game and then 7-2 in the second game. The Indians were able to get back in the win column on Thursday as they run ruled Glencliff 15-5.
Dawson Capps led the way for Harpeth with three runs batted in and scored three runs himself. Nine different Indians collected a hit in the effort. Ellis Hurt also scored three runs as Hayden Penrod, Cam Summers, and Walker Rushing all came across twice to score.
Luke Ealy started the game on the mound and allowed only two earned runs over three innings while Penrod and Summers pitched an inning apiece to grab the win.
Harpeth is scheduled to host Westmoreland on Monday, April 5 and then travel to Westmoreland on Tuesday before a three game stretch to end the week. Harpeth will host Northwest on Thursday and then Sante Fe on Friday for the Middle TN Invitational.