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Errors cost the Coffee County Reds a chance at the championship as Lincoln County defeated the Reds 6-2 in the ninth-annual Crethan Hansert Memorial Tournament over the weekend at Powers Field in Manchester.
“Summer league is a time where we are looking for players to help us next spring,” stated CHS head coach Chase Jones. “This team is so young and mistakes are bound to happen. We simply have to learn from them.”
Coffee County finished the tournament with a record of 3-2, claiming wins over Lebanon (10-2), Riverdale (2-1) and Franklin County (9-7), while falling to White County (5-4) and Lincoln County (6-2).
Lincoln County and White County ended the tournament in a 4-4 tie, due to electrical problems at Powers Field.
Sunday afternoon, trailing 3-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Coffee County started the inning with back to back singles by Peyton Meeker and Kyle Douglas. Tyler Cavender was hit by a pitch to load the bases for John Reese Gilmer, who walked allowing Meeker to score. The next batter, John Phillip Duncan, singled scoring Douglas, closing the deficit to 3-2 in favor of the Falcons.
The Falcons, however; extended their lead in the bottom half of the inning as Grady Wright singled and Micheal Lackey reached on an error by Douglas.
Two batters later, Jonathan Jacks ripped a single scoring Wright. Logan Smith laid down a bunt scoring Lackey, but a throwing error by Douglas allowed Jacks to score as well, sealing the Reds fate.
“We have a lot of heart,” stated Douglas. “We just have to play more consistently and not take any games off.”
The Falcons struck early in the bottom half of the second inning, as Wright and Lackey both singled. Wright came home on an error, giving Lincoln County an early 1-0 lead.
The Falcons picked up two more runs in the bottom half of the third inning as Kelix Smith and Riley McCown singled. Dylan Hudgens knocked a ground ball to Gilmer, scoring McCown. Smith scored later in the inning as the result of an error.
Trace Freidlein, despite picking up the loss, pitched well for the Reds, according to Jones.
“I am pleased with the progress we are making, mentioned Jones. “Trace threw the ball well today. He [and reliever Duncan] gave us some great opportunities today.”
For the complete story, check out this week’s print edition of the Manchester Times.