Bradley, Sequatchie counties among area winners in region semifinals

Bradley, Sequatchie counties among area winners in region semifinals

May 13th, 2019 by Stephen Hargis in Sports - Preps

Monday was a tough night for Chattanooga-area baseball and softball teams as a total of nine had their seasons come to an end in region semifinals.

Bradley Central and Soddy-Daisy were among the baseball teams that advanced — the Bears winning 6-1 at Cookeville and the Trojans holding off Warren County 5-4. That sets up a rematch of last week's district-tournament final, won by the Trojans, in Wednesday's Region 3-AAA championship game.

Similarly, Sequatchie County defeated Cannon County 4-3 in eight innings and Grundy County won 6-2 at Smith County in the Region 4-AA tournament, setting up a rematch of their meeting in last week's district tourney.

Both the winners and losers in each region title game will advance to Friday's sectional round, with winners hosting and losers traveling for the chance to earn a spot in next week's Spring Fling.

Sequatchie County scored three runs in the third inning and appeared to be in control until Cannon County tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh. With a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, senior Caden Swagner drove a 2-2 pitch back up the middle to plate the game-winner for the Indians.

"He's done everything we've asked of him all season," Indians coach Derrin Easterly said of Swagner. "He came through again and hit an absolute missile for a huge hit when we really needed it. It was just clutch."

Sequatchie's softball team also advanced in dramatic fashion, scoring two runs in the home half of the seventh for a narrow 4-3 win over DeKalb County. The Lady Indians will again face Marion County for the Region 4-AA title after the Lady Warriors drilled Livingston Academy 10-0. Sara Muir struck out 14 and had a home run to lead Marion to the road win.

Sale Creek used a seven-run sixth inning to register a 12-2 win over Coalfield as Macie Stanfield and Shelby Sullivan each drove in two runs to advance last year's Class A state runner-up into the Region 2 title game, where they will host Tellico Plains.

Whitwell also cruised into the Region 3-A championship game with an 11-1 win over Gordonsville. Delanie Merciers had a grand slam and Anna Yell allowed just two hits, striking out nine, while also going 2-for-3 at the plate. The Lady Tigers will travel to face Trousdale County.