The Senators of Walters State had to wait out a rain delay, but put the rest to good use as they defeated Dyersburg State on thursday night to capture the 2018 TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Baseball Tournament by a 13-2 final. The Senators now advance to play the Region XVII Champions Abraham Baldwin at their site next week.
Walters played Jackson State in their game of the tournament on Monday and came away with a 13-3 victory over the Generals. The Senators were paced by three hits and 3 runs scored by Luke Berryhill. Hunter Wolfe also had three hits with two runs, and Duncan Pence had two hits with 4 RBIs. Landon Knack had a pinch hit three-run home run while Logan Carey also drove in two runs in the contest. Hayden Lehman went the first six innings to notch the victory. He surrendered five hits with 10 strikeouts.
In the winner's bracket semis, the Senators would defeat Clevelandby an 11-6 final. Austin Henry would be the only Senator with multiple hits with two doubles. Tyler Gentry would only have a single hit, but scored three times in the game while Duncan Pence, Hunter Gilliland, and Henry each scored twice. Gilliland would break a 3-3 tie in the 4th inning with a three-run home run. Knack would pick up the victory, going 7 innings and surrendering 11 hits with 7 strikeouts.
Peyton Alford would throw a five-hit shutout in the winners' bracket final as they defeated Volunteer 2-0. Henry would score both runs on sacrifice fly balls by Pence and Gilliland. Gentry would have two hits in the game. Alford went nine innings for the complete game shutout striking out nine batters in the win.
In the final championship game, Walters would strike for three runs in the bottom of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings to break open a 1-1 tie. Henry would have four hits in the game with two runs scored and two RBIs. Dylan harris, Hunter Wolfe, Gentry, and Berryhill each would contribute 2 hits to the 15 hit barrage by the Senators. Gentry would have 5 RBIs with two runs scored while Wolfe would drive in three runs and score two himself in the game. Pence and Harris would each score two runs in the contest. Brett Jones would pick up the win in the game. He would go six innings, striking out 5 and surrendering six hits.