Chuckey-Doak's historical baseball season came to a close Monday night with an 8-5 loss against Union County in the semifinals of the Region 1-2A Tournament.
Union County advances to the regional championship on Wednesday night at Pigeon Forge.
Going down to the wire the Black Knights had a chance to walk it off against the Patriots in the seventh inning.
Down 8-3 heading into the bottom half Chuckey-Doak needed at least five to tie Union County to force extra innings. Cadin Tullock started the inning with a line drive single to left field. Jaylen Willett then doubled on a fly ball to center field. With two runners on Cole Lamons singled on a line drive to left field to score Tullock to make the score 8-4 and advanced Willett to third.
Wade Fletcher reached on an error by the second baseman to score Willett to make the score 8-5. Unfortunately for the Black Knights, the game would end on a pop up by Christian Derry to the second baseman to end Chuckey-Doak’s historical season.
“In my eyes they are the best team in Chuckey-Doak history,” Chuckey-Doak coach Jimmy Willett when reminiscing after the heartbreaking loss.
In the second inning the Patriots got on the board first when Eli Edds hit a ground ball and reached on an error by Willett scoring his teammate Eben Hansen to make the score 1-0
In the third inning Union County extended their lead when Max Richardson doubled on a line drive to left field scoring Trot Russell and Elliot Gibbs to make the lead 3-0.
Union county then added to that lead in the sixth inning when Edds hit a solo homerun to make the lead 4-0. Landon Hamic then scored on an error by second baseman Connor Lamons to stretch the lead to 5-0.
The Black Knight bats would come alive in the bottom of the sixth when Daytn Bowman reached on an error by the second baseman to score Connor Lamons and Willett to make the score 5-2. With two runners on Derry sent a monster shot that almost went over the rightfield fence but still managed to bring in Dillon Shelton to make the score 5-3.
In the top of the seventh inning the Patriots added to their lead when Edds singled on a ground ball to center field to score Richardson to make the lead 6-3.
Fletcher’s day on the mound would end pitching six complete innings giving up five hits, letting six runs across, three of them earned while striking out nine batters.
Derry would come on to pitch for the Black Knights. Reed Melton hit a ground ball and reached on an error by Willett, scoring Hansen to make the score 7-3. Then a bases loaded walked scored another run to make the deficit 8-3.
Connor Lamons would come in and strike out three batters to get out of the inning.