TJCA baseball stumbles late
The Thomas Jefferson Gryphons were three outs away from staying atop the Western Highlands Conference, but defensive miscues and a four-run seventh inning by Mountain Heritage a 6-3 come from behind win.
“Our defense did not play well tonight, but that’s how it goes sometimes,” said TJCA head coach Chris White. “Caleb has been reliable for us all season so I felt confident, but we just could not get it done. This is a tough one to take.”
TJCA (7-3, 2-1 WHC) wasted little time getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Caleb Bishop lined a one out single to left field as did Mac Martin.
Bishop then scored from third on a double steal. Later in the frame, Martin stole third and came home on an error to give TJCA a 2-0 lead.
Martin worked out of a major jam in the second. After allowing the first two batters to reach, he struck out the next two and induced a pop out to end the threat. Both sides settled down from that point until the fourth inning.
Paul Davis drew a one out walk and was replaced by pinch runner Cole Bennett. Bennett promptly stole second and came home on a single by Mason Martin to push the lead to 3-0.
After the Cougars cut that lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth off Gryphon reliever Bishop, TJCA put runners on the corners with two outs but David Snyder was retired on a close play at first to leave the home team clinging to a one run lead.
Bishop worked a scoreless sixth but ran in trouble in the seventh. After a pair of errors by the defense, Bishop surrendered a bases clearing triple by Grant McCurry A pass ball allowed the visitors sixth run to come home and put TJCA in three run hole.
Faced with a 6-3 deficit in their last at bat, TJCA went down in order as Mountain Heritage snapped TJCA’s four game winning streak.
at McNair Field
Mountain Heritage 6, Thomas Jefferson 3
MH: 000 020 4 — 6
TJ: 200 100 0 — 4
LP: C. Bishop