Overton baseball seizes district lead, remains focused on state

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 12:28am

A little over halfway into the season, Overton has seized control of the District 12-AAA baseball race.

But winning district championships isn’t all that’s on the mind of the Bobcats – although that certainly is the first goal. Getting to the state tournament is the main priority.

Overton completed a sweep of McGavock on Tuesday in a two-game district series. It followed up an 11-0 win Monday at McGavock with a 14-4 five-inning romp on Overton’s Tucker Field. Both games were shortened with the 10-run rule.

Senior Andrew Allen belted a double and a triple with three RBI in the second contest. He backed up senior right-hander Cody Sutherland who pitched a four-hitter, two of them bunt singles, struck out two and walked one.

“Playing McGavock reminded me of last year and how we beat them in the region finals, but then we lost the next game to Mt. Juliet and fell short of state,” Allen said. “We don’t want to let that happen again.

“It was a motivational type of game. We came out and hit the ball pretty well, and we took the momentum of our win Monday and continued into this game.”

Connor Moore had a double and two RBI. Catcher Matt Barrett, who homered in the win Monday, had a double, a single and two RBI. That was plenty for Sutherland who upped his record to 4-1.

“I thought that was one of my best games, I got the fast ball over, and the curve kept them off-balance,” Sutherland said. “Not getting to state (last year) was a big letdown, and the seniors are dedicated to try and get back.

“We’re going to keep working hard and try to finish it off this time.”

Overton is 13-3 and 8-0 in the district. McGavock fell to 6-2 (6-8 overall), following a tough non-district schedule, with its next district series against Cane Ridge next week.

Overton jumped to a 9-2 lead after three innings, 10-2 after four. The game ended, ironically, on a hit batter, that coming when Pat Luken was plunked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, capping a four-run Overton inning.

“We got off to a good start on our Florida trip last month when we went 4-1 and played some good teams,” ninth-year Bobcat coach Mike Morrison said. “But we’re a long way from where we want to be. We’ve been able to outscore some teams, but sometimes we have mental breakdowns and errors we shouldn’t be making.”

Overton takes on Hendersonville Wednesday and Centennial Thursday. The Bobcats will host one segment of the district tournament if they remain in first place.

McGavock will likely host the other segment. The Raiders next play at Hendersonville Thursday and DCA at home Friday.

They scored two late runs after Tyler Crow doubled, and Mac Merritt and Charlie Rose scored on a throwing error.

“Overton really hits the ball well, and they have an excellent team,” McGavock third-year coach Rob Brown. “We’re a young team, without a lot of experience.”