In a high intensity District 1-2A championship game on Thursday Chuckey-Doak pulled out 3-2 win over West Greene in Mosheim for its first district championship in two decades.
Chuckey-Doak senior Wade Fletcher said, “Winning the district championship is special and means a lot, it really shows the hard work we put in and that it is all earned.”
Both teams advance to the regional tournament in a win or go home first round on Monday. West Greene will travel to the District 2-2A winner, Pigeon Forge. Chuckey-Doak will host District 2-2A runner up Union County.
After beating the Buffaloes 14-0, 11-0 and 17-1 in the regular season the Black Knights had to deal with a West Greene team that came ready to play Wednesday night after they knocked out Johnson County in the elimination game earlier in the afternoon.
In the top of the fourth inning with the Black Knights up 1-0 West Greene’s Braden McCamey single on a ground ball to right field to scored Jaden Gregg to get the Buffaloes on the board and tie the game up 1-1. One batter later Maddux Garber hit a sacrifice fly scoring Justin Tweed to give West Greene the lead 2-1.
Chuckey-Doak would tie the game up in the bottom of the fourth inning on Dillon Shelton’s hard ground ball to center field scoring courtesy runner Luke Myers to make the score 2-2.
“West Greene played well, and our pitching really made the difference tonight” said Coach Jimmy Willett.
Connor Lamons started on the mound for the Black Knights. He pitched 5 innings giving up only three hits and allowing two runs while striking out seven.
As the game got closer to the finish line both team and the packed house at Hal Buddy Pruitt Field got extremely loud and everyone was into it and on the edge of their seat. Any pitch could be the pitch to drive in the game winning run.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Cole Lamons got that pitch and hit a hard ground ball to left field scoring Jaylen Willett to give the Black Knights the 3-2 lead they would need to win the district championship.
Wade Fletcher who came in to pitch the last two innings gave up zero hits and zero runs while striking out two batters to finish the job.
In the first inning Willett grounded out to the shortstop to score Austin Burnett to open the game with a 1-0 lead .
Cameron Wilhoit was on the mound for the Buffaloes. He threw all six innings giving up six hits and three runs while striking out two.