Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High junior Trent Cook pitched five innings to pick up the win in Friday evening's 4-2 win over Cannon County in the two teams' District 8-AA Tournament opener.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High junior Trent Cook pitched five innings to pick up the win in Friday evening's 4-2 win over Cannon County in the two teams' District 8-AA Tournament opener.

The Macon County High School pitching staff was dealt a significant blow in its final district contest of the regular season.

Tiger senior Jake Reeves suffered an elbow injury with one out remaining in a 5-4 win over DeKalb County. Though he can still hit, Reeves may not pitch again this season.

That unfortunate incident led to junior Trent Cook getting the start on the mound in Macon County's postseason opener last Friday evening, and the Tigers rallied for a 4-2 win over visiting Cannon County.

"Everybody just has to step up and play to their ability," Cook said.

Cook (5-0) scattered seven hits over the first three innings before retiring the final seven hitters he faced. The left-hander struck out two hitters and didn't issue a base on balls, throwing just 71 pitches.

"I calmed down and threw the ball," Cook said. "I knew I had the defense to back me up."

Classmate Logan Thompson came on to earn the save, retiring six of the seven hitters he faced while striking out three hitters.

The Lions scored single runs in the first and third innings.

Cannon County also hung tough in a game at Macon County nine days earlier, falling by a 3-1 score.

"I knew they'd bring their A game," Cook said. "Everybody is out to get us."

Lion starting pitcher Blane Elkins retired the first nine

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hitters he faced.

"The Elkins kid is tough," Tiger head coach Jason Hudson said. "He held us to three (runs) in the regular season. He's one of the top guys in the district."

Macon County senior Aaron Colter reached on an infield single in the bottom of the fourth inning, and a throwing error placed two baserunners in scoring position. Groundouts by senior Trent Boles and Thompson drove in Colter and freshman Isaac Meador, respectively, tying the contest at 2.

Tiger senior Cole Carnahan drew a leadoff walk in the fifth inning, moved to second base when junior Kade Allen was hit by a pitch, advanced to third base when senior Stetson White laid down a sacrifice bunt and scored on sophomore Isaac Belton's successful squeeze bunt.

"In the postseason, doing the little things is what will make you advance," Hudson said. "It's going to come down to executing, getting bunts down and making routine plays to get out of innings."

Cook added, "It's whatever it takes to win."

Macon County had just one hit until the sixth inning, when Boles reached on a one-out single. Freshman pinch runner Ty Lowhorn advanced thanks to an errant pickoff throw and scored on Reeves' two-out single up the middle.

• The Tigers fell into the loser's bracket with Monday evening's 11-3, nine-inning loss to visiting Smith County.

Macon County captured an 8-4 win at Smith County on April 17.

On Monday, Thompson allowed just five hits through eight innings, allowing just one earned run over that span.

He was relieved by Cook after allowing a single and hitting back-to-back batters in the top of the ninth.

The right-hander issued one base on balls, hit two batters and struck out 11 hitters.

The Tigers scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings.

Colter hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first, and Belton reached on a third-inning error and scored on Meador's groundout.

Thompson drew a leadoff walk and scored in the fourth.

The Owls scored two runs in the third inning and tied the contest by producing a run in the sixth.

Four hits, three walks, three hit batsman and an error led to Smith County's ninth-inning eruption.

Reeves had two of Macon County's six hits.

The Tigers were slated to face Cannon County -- a 3-1 winner of Livingston Academy on Monday afternoon -- in an elimination game on Tuesday.