published Friday, May 9th, 2014

Boyd-Buchanan Bucs rout Silverdale Seahawks in 5-A final

Both will move on in the postseason, but District 5-A champion Boyd-Buchanan will host a Region 3-A baseball semifinal Monday while Silverdale Baptist Academy travels.

The Buccaneers rolled Thursday afternoon, beating Silverdale 10-0 in five innings. They will be at home against District 6-A runner-up Whitwell, while the Seahawks visit 6-A champion South Pittsburg.

Since starting the season 2-7, Boyd-Buchanan has won 12 games in a row and 20 of 21, losing only to Georgia power Calhoun.

"We finished third in this district last year, and we felt we had something to prove," Bucs coach Josh Rider said.

In their fourth win of the year over 2013 state-runner-up Silverdale, the Bucs made a statement early -- a four-run first inning -- and then followed up in short order, ending the game with one out in the fifth on Cade Evans' RBI single to left field.

"We've been hitting the ball pretty well over the last month," Rider said. "The guys were fairly focused and locked in."

Nathan Murrell topped the 40-RBI mark for the season with three RBIs Thursday. In his first at-bat he hit a grounder to the right side to score Jim Cardwell, who opened the game with a double to the fence in right-center and advanced to third on Evans' bunt single.

The Bucs' leadoff man, Cardwell finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored, a run scored and an RBI. Murrell's lone hit, a single to left with runners on third and second, provided his other two RBIs.

"I struggled a little, but I try to do my best to help the team," Murrell said.

Rider disagreed about Murrell struggling.

"You put guys on base for him and he drives them in. There's a reason he's hitting in the third spot," the coach said. "Jim and Nate have set the pace for us all year. When Jim's getting on, that's trouble for the other team, no doubt."

Seven of the nine Bucs had at least one hit, providing quality support for pitcher John Sewell, who combined with Josh Antwine for the shutout. Sewell pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the first and third innings and left two runners on in the second.

"I thought his performance was great. It's been a while since he's been on the mound," Rider said. "He was a little rusty early, but he got it together and started throwing strikes."

Contact Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765. Follow him on Twitter.com/wardgossett.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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