Hendersonville spoils Gryphons Senior Night
Thomas Jefferson may have been handing out roses to their senior baseball players and their families, but the Hendersonville Bearcats (15-4, 12-1 WHC) handed the Gryphons (12-7, 5-7 WHC) blow after blow as they dominated in a 12-2 win Tuesday night at McNair Field.
The wheels fell off for the Gryphons in the third inning when a 1-0 deficit ballooned to 10-run as the Bearcats plated nine runs in the frame.
"The third inning was just terrible," TJCA head coach Chris White said. "I think we made four errors in that inning alone."
TJCA starter Brandon Riggs had two miscues to start the inning on back-to-back bunts for the Bearcats to put two runners on base with no outs.
"Riggs has pitched well for us all season but he made those mistakes and let it get to him," White said. "Then we made a few mistakes behind him and really hurt us."
Hendersonville's Derrik Doyle took full advantage with his first two RBIs of the night with a single to center field.
Two RBI base hits and a wild pitch later, the Hendersonville lead stood at 6-0 and White replaced Riggs on the mound with Nathaniel Devon.
Devon struggled with control as the courtesy runner for Hendersonvile pitcher Samuel Linn moved from first base all the way to home with a series of wild pitches and passed balls from Devon.
Doyle tallied another two-RBI base hit to end the rally for Hendesonville and cap the lead at 10-0.
Doyle took over for Lind on the mound in the fourth, despite the fact that Lind was tossing a no-hitter with five strikeouts through three innings.
"Lind is tough. He's really big and he throws really hard," White said. "We've seen three really good pitchers our last three games and that will only help up going into the playoffs."
TJCA cashed in on the big right-hander leaving the mound with their only two runs and only three hits of the night highlighted by two long doubles from seniors Mac Martin and Anthony Helton.
"I did like how they tried to fight back there at the end," White said.
But as the public address announcer said, the Gryphons weren't quite cooking but they turned on the stove. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to extend the game past five inning as Doyle and the Bearcats plated two runs in the top of the fifth and shut down TJCA in the bottom of the frame to ice the 12-2 win.
Doyle led all batters going 3-4 with five RBIs on the night.
Martin, Helton and David Mendez each had a hit for the Gryphons.
TJCA hits the road Friday for a 7 p.m. tussle at Owen.