Dalton Thompson

Dalton Thompson

by Craig Harris Macon County Times

GAINESBORO -- The Red Boiling Springs High School baseball team opened the District 6-A Tournament with an 11-1 loss at Jackson County on Friday evening.

The two teams played in Red Boiling Springs seven days earlier, with the Blue Devils claiming a 13-1 victory.

On Friday, RBS managed just one hit, which came when sophomore Matthew Murphy led off the fourth inning with a single. He moved into scoring position when classmate Dalton Thompson drew a base on balls, advanced to third base when freshman Devin Justice was hit by a pitch and scored thanks to a wild pitch.

That pulled the Bulldogs to within 2-1, but Jackson County erupted for six runs in the bottom of the inning.

Then, Kendall Scantland had an inside-the-park home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth, and the game ended -- due to the 10-run, mercy rule after five innings of play -- on Connor Brown's two-run, walk-off home run.

RBS junior starting pitcher Kendall Thompson limited the Blue Devils to four hits over the first three innings and struck out four hitters before running into trouble in the fourth.

• Then, the Bulldogs pounded out a season-high 17 hits in Monday evening's 11-9, season-ending loss to Pickett County.

RBS rallied for five runs over its final two at-bats but fell short.

The Bulldogs suffered losses of 12-1 and 4-2 to the Bobcats when the two teams played during the regular season.

On Monday, RBS scored multiple runs in four different innings, but the Bulldogs were victimized by six errors and eight walks.

Each team scored two runs during the first inning, with sophomore Logan Watlington's successful squeeze bunt allowing Dalton Thompson to score before Justice crossed the plate thanks to a walk.

Third-inning doubles by Dalton Thompson, Watlington and Kendall Thompson led to two more runs and a 4-2 lead.

Pickett County took control by producing three runs in the bottom the third before adding one in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth for a 10-4 lead.

Dalton Thompson tripled in freshman Keaton Comer in the sixth and scored on Justice's double.

After the Bobcats added their final run in the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Bradly Atkins singled to drive in junior Jaylen Hoffey in the seventh.

Then, back-to-back singles from Murphy and Dalton Thompson drove in Hoffey and Atkins, respectively, to pull RBS to within two runs.

However, with the bases loaded and one out, a flyout and a pop-up ended the game.

Dalton Thompson had four hits, scored three runs and drove in two, and Comer produced three hits. Hoffey, Justice, Murphy and Watlington all had two hits.

Murphy pitched the first four innings before Watlington came on in relief to toss the final two frames.

The Bulldogs concluded their season with a 1-25 record, with the lone win coming via a 6-0 victory over visiting Clay County on March 26.

• The Bulldogs concluded the regular season with an 18-4, five-inning loss at Cannon County on May 2.

The two teams played in Red Boiling Springs on April 12, with the Lions rolling to a 16-3 victory.

Cannon County scored the first 18 runs in the rematch, including 11 runs in the first inning and six more in the third.

Eight walks, three hit batsmen and six RBS errors aided the Lions.

Bulldog junior Shelba Stone's groundout allowed Justice to score in the four-run fourth.

After Dalton Thompson scored on a wild pitch, freshman Kenyan Goolsby doubled to drive in Comer and Kendall Thompson.

Justice and Dalton Thompson had two hits each, accounting for four of the team's seven.