Covington takes 2A title, Forrest captures second runner up finish
The Forrest Rockets (19-16-1) and the Covington Chargers (34-7) squared off in the TSSAA Class 2A Spring Fling XXVI Spring Sports Championship title game at Reese Smith Jr. Field on the campus of MTSU with the Chargers winning the title via an 11-1 five-inning, run-rule win.
It was the third state title for the Charger (1999, 2006) while the Rockets finished runnerup for the second time (2006-Class A).
The Rockets, perhaps showing the wear and tear of five games in four days, could do little against Covington pitcher Ty Warmath, who allowed one hit and one walk in the contest.
Blaize Sweeney had the lone hit off Warmath when he lined a second inning double to the left field corner and Gauge Anderson drew a base on balls in the third inning.
Anderson and Ethan Mealer reached base on fifth inning errors by Covington with Mealer scoring the Rockets’ only run on a wild pitch.
The Chargers pounded Forrest freshman Kain Moses in the first inning for five runs, highlighted by Warmath’s leadoff triple.
The Chargers added three runs in the third and fourth innings to put the game away.
Kyle Ginn smashed a two-run homer for the Chargers in the fourth inning that cleared the wall in left field at the 330 feet mark.
In the end, the four Covington Division I signees----Warmath and Austin Baskin (Memphis), Brock Lomax (Austin Peay), and Christian Delashmit (UT) proved too much for the boys from Chapel Hill.
The Chargers breezed through the tournament, outscoring their opponents by a 36-11 run differential.
Baseball is a funny game. Where else can a batter fail seven out of 10 times and be called a great hitter. An infielder can be out of position by three feet and the ball will get by you. If you are an outfielder, you can be out of position by 10 feet and if your legs are swift and your eyes keen you have time to run the ball down, yet the batter has less than a half a second to react to a pitch headed toward home plate.
It also takes strength and stamina combined with teamwork to complete the tasks to play the game.
From Tee-Ball to Little League to high school, our communities know that sports are an integral part of our daily lives. Parents and fans sit through the warm evenings and cool nights in the fall, the cold of winter, and early spring chill to cheer for our kids.
Down in Cornersville with the aid of two gifted athletes and a savvy head football coach they have raised an entire community’s pride and sense of accomplishment.
At MCHS, after many years a baseball coach has been given a chance to guide the Tigers in regaining their place as a baseball powerhouse and a slender swift point guard (Demariae Ingram) led the Tigerettes back to prominence in the state tourney.
Up in Chapel Hill, the Forrest softball team continues the winning tradition of the last 20 years.
Then there’s that scrappy bunch of Forrest baseball players.
Some may say overachievers, some say this, and some say that. One thing is for sure these young men showed what it takes to play baseball.
It takes the hard-nose, no non-sense approach of catcher Blaize Sweeney.
It takes the incredible athleticism of Ethan Mealer.
It takes the leadership of Grayson Whaley.
The diving in the dirt for a ball hit in the hole at shortstop by Brett Burnham.
The steady play of Spence Oliver and Bryson Smith.
The love of the game by Max Kirby.
The get-on-base at any cost of Cannon Cervantes.
Running down fly balls by centerfielders Cody Sisk and Ty Hengesbach.
One-handed running catches by right fielder Gauge Anderson.
The streaking around the base paths by Devon Aydelot.
The seven-inning pitching with all heart by Cody Sisk.
The bright future of a freshman pitcher with the fabulous baseball name – Kain Moses.
It takes the guys on the bench cheering on their comrades: Blake Burnham, Tyler Wildrick, Carter Jones, John Randall Dippold, Allen Osborne, Justin Gillespie, and Connor Lewis.
It takes a coach like Bart Joyce pushing all the right buttons and getting results.
It takes assistant coaches like Corey Bishop and Andy Burkett looking after the team.
It takes heart and this team possesses that.
So, if you are up in Chapel Hill next spring and you see a baseball game at the high school, stop by and witness this heart still beating strong.
And when the opposing pitcher attempts to pickoff a Rocket runner at first base and fail you’ll probably get to hear Cervantes yell out, “Not even” and his teammates roar, “Close”. Cannon will reply, “Baby got back!”
What a great season for the Rockets.
Over achievers – maybe.
Achievers – Absolutely!
Forrest 000 01X X-1 1 3
Covington 303 4XX X-11 12 2
Forrest: Blaize Sweeney 1-for-2.
BB: Gauge Anderson.
ROE: Ethan Mealer, Gauge Anderson.
Error: Mealer 2, Max Kirby.
SB: Mealer 3.
LP: Kain Moses (3IP, 11H, 10R, 6ER, 1K, 2 BB).
Cannon Cervantes (1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0K, 0BB).
Covington: Griffin Warmath 2-for-4, Austin Baskin 2-for-2, Robeson Hendren 2-for-3, Landon Myers 2-for-2, Kyle Ginn 1-for-1, Weston Martin 1-for-3, Christian Delashmit 1-for-3, Stanton Connell 1-for 2.
BB: Baskin, Davis
RS: Warmath 2, Martin, Baskin, Sterling Lomax, Hendren, Delashmit, Carter, Connell, Myers, Ginn, Carter Davis.
RBI: Hendren 2, Ginn 2, Myers 2, Warmath, Martin, Baskin Lomax.
2B: Warmath, Hendren, Baskin, Myers.
ROE: Lomax, Hendren.
FC: Drake Whitmer.
E: Myers 2.
WP: Griffin Warmath (5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 8K, 1 BB).