April 16, 2014 — The Russell High School baseball team would score seven runs in the first three innings and never look back as they defeated East Carter 8-4 on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils had nine hits, five of them from their first two batters, as they took advantage of several errors in the field.
“Russell gets all the credit for this one,” East Coach Jeremiah Shearer said. “They got some timely hits and got some bunts down and they really made some nice defensive plays that really took the wind out of our sails.”
After a single by Heath Hensley and a bunt single by Nick Conley, Russell had two on base with none out in the first inning. Three batters later, Austin Brinkman reached on an error allowing Hensley to score. Conley would later score on a wild pitch. Garon Robinson’s single to center made it 3-0 Devils after the first frame.
Russell would add two more runs on a wild pitch and a fielding error in the second, a base hit by Conley and a bad throw made it 7-0 Devils.
“Those first three innings really set the tone for the game,” Shearer said. “The two out error really hurt us because they were able to get those first three runs on us. An error here and there in the second and third innings allowed them to put more runs up.”
East Carter got the bats going in the fifth inning. Singles by Zack Cathey and Jesse James had two on for Austin Floyd, who got an RBI base hit to score Cathey. Two batters later, Chandler Adams hit a three-run homerun to left field to get the Raiders within three runs at 7-4.
“We had to start swinging the bat,” Shearer said after being down 7-0. “We couldn’t play small ball at that part of the game. Chandler has a lot of power and he got all of the one he hit. Getting those hits to string together really helped us from an offensive standpoint.”