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Cavaliers baseball ends regular season with loss to Courtland

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm

6-group WEBBy Scott Richards
CP Correspondent


The Cavaliers lost their last regular season game against Courtland 7-5 last Wednesday.

It was the fourth inning that sealed the game against Caroline as they had two errors that allowed runners to advance and a questionable call that cost the Cavalier effort two runs. After the fourth inning, the Cougars scored no more, but at this point the score was 7-2.

Although Caroline made a valiant effort at coming back, the closest they could make the score was 7-5.

Winning pitcher Jacob Smith of Courtland pitched four innings, allowing two runs and three hits while striking out three and walking two. Reliever Zach Teeple came in at the fifth inning, striking out four and walking two while allowing three runs from five hits.

Top bat for the Cougars was Teeple with 3-4, scoring two runs and an RBI. Following close behind was Chafin Haught batting 2-4 and collecting two runs plus two RBI.

Adam Desjarlais was charged with the loss as he allowed seven runs and five hits. Desjarlais struck out four and only walked one but was charged with a wild pitch.

Ryan Hickman caught behind the plate until the fifth inning. Hickman pitched starting in the fifth inning, striking out one and walking one. Hickman was backed up by Jonathan Didlake. The one hit charged to him did not result in a run.

Rasharrd Harris was a bright spot for the Cavaliers, batting 3-4 with two RBI. Designated hitter Taylor Buchanan was 2-3 on the night with one run scored and one RBI.

Vs. Chancellor

Last Tuesday night, the seniors on the varsity team were honored at Caroline Stadium prior to their game against the Chancellor Chargers. Seniors Justin Pitts, Adam Desjarlais, Jake Dutton, Jonathan Didlake, and Taylor Buchanan were recognized for their experience and leadership over their high school careers.

The game was a rout for the Cavaliers as they out-hit and out-fielded the Chargers with the final score 13-1. Starting in the bottom of the first inning, the Cavaliers pounded out six runs, causing the Chancellor pitcher to retire just after the second inning began.

It looked as though Chancellor was going to give Caroline a run for their money in the second inning, scoring a run and finding themselves successful hitting the ball. Caroline had seven runs in the third inning, beefing up the score to 13-1. After the bottom of the third, neither team scored, and the game ended after the top of the fifth inning according to the slaughter rule.

For the game, Caroline had 13 runs off of 11 hits and no errors. Chancellor had one run from five hits and two errors.

Adam Desjarlais went the distance, striking out nine, walking four and allowing only five singles. Ryan Hickman worked behind the plate for Desjarlais.

The Cavalier bats were swinging hard as multiple players put in excellent numbers, beginning with Jonathan Didlake slamming two doubles out of three at bats and scoring two runs. Collin Hess went 2-3 with two runs followed by Hickman, who was 2-3 and a run. Rasharrd Harris was 2-4 with two RBI, and Adam Desjarlais went 1-4 with a stolen base and a run scored.

Mason Riser was charged with the loss, allowing six runs with five hits in one and one-third innings. Reliever Cross Tyler pitched one and two-thirds innings and was charged with seven runs and six hits while striking out one and walking one. Closer Nick Winston pitched the final inning with no stats. Charger designated hitter Chris Ortega was 0-1 and walked twice. Ortega scored Chancellor’s sole run.

Vs. King George

King George was anything but a gracious host as they took away a game from Caroline in the sixth inning, 7-6.

A three-run fourth for King George assisted by two errors on Caroline’s part set the stage for the Cavalier demise. Leading up until that time, the Cavaliers found themselves tied after five and were unable to generate any more than one run after that as the Foxes kept their bats going and went on to win.

As in the fourth inning, Cavalier errors made sure King George got insurance runs. Out of the seven total runs scored by King George, two were earned.

King George starting pitcher Zach Johnson pitched for six innings before being relieved in the seventh by Lane Ward. Johnson was charged with six runs from eight hits as he struck out eight batters.

Coming into the seventh inning with the score tied, Ward was awarded the win. Ward was credited with a strikeout and one walk. Hunter Tolliver worked behind the plate as catcher.

Jordi Estes was strong at the plate for King George, going 1-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Drew Barry batted 2-3 with one run scored.

Cavalier starter Collin Hess pitched five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits as he struck out five and walked two.

Reliever Jonathan Didlake came in at the beginning of the sixth inning and finished the game. Two runs and two hits resulted with one strikeout and a walk. Didlake was charged with the loss. Veteran catcher Ryan Hickman played that position the entire game.

This Tuesday, the Cavaliers were scheduled to go up against JR Tucker High School in the beginning of playoff action. After finishing the season with a respectable 12-7 record, Caroline was seeded fifth in the Conference 20 Tournament.