The song Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash came on the PA system as McGavock was changing pitchers against Overton on Wednesday.
The game must have felt like a ring of fire to McGavock as Overton continued its hot streak all the way to the finish of the District 12-AAA baseball tournament. The Bobcats won 12-3, their third victory of the season over McGavock and their third straight tournament game with at least 12 runs scored.
The victory also was Overton’s 30th of the season. Only once in the school’s rich baseball tradition – the 2005 state tournament team, which won 40 – had more victories.
“We didn’t talk about that before the game, but that (30 wins) is a pretty nice milestone,” coach Mike Morrison said. “We’ve won 29 a couple of times, but came up short of 30.”
Overton hosts District 11-AAA regular season champion Independence High in the Region 6-AAA semifinals, 7 p.m. Monday. McGavock moves on to face 11-AAA tournament champ Ravenwood, also Monday.
Region finals are next Wednesday.
“Independence is an outstanding team, they have a very good pitcher and a Vanderbilt signee,” Morrison said.
Junior Jordan Humphreys carried a no-hitter into the sixth, when he gave up all three of McGavock’s hits and runs. Mookie Betts came on and struck out the side in the seventh to end the contest.
After the final out, Betts ended up at the bottom of a dogpile of jubilant Overton players.
“Winning district is huge,’’ Betts said. “It (getting jumped on by teammates in the dogpile) was very exciting. If everyone does his job, we’re very good. Our next game against Independence will be very tough. They beat us the last time we played them.”
The right-handed Humphreys (4-3) retired 15 of the first 16 men he faced and struck out seven. Neither he nor Betts allowed a walk.
“I was able hit my spots with my fast ball, curve ball and changeup,” he said. “The defense played great behind me, and made a lot of really good plays. This (winning district) is very exciting.”
There were plenty of stars in Overton’s 11-hit attack:
• Designated hitter Matt Barrett went 2-for-3 with a home run, a solo shot down the left-field line. He had three RBIs and scored twice.
• Left-handed power hitter Connor Moore went 1-for-2, with two RBIs and two runs scored.
• Cody Sutherland and Zack Osborne both went 2-for-3, and Osborne knocked in three runs, two on a double.
• Betts was 2-for-3, scored the first two runs, three in all, and reached base all four times. His first hit was a bullet grounder which bounced hard off shortstop Mac Merritt’s leg. Merritt went down in pain, but he stayed in the game.
Barrett’s home run ignited a two-run Overton fourth.
“When I hit it, I knew it was gone, I just hoped it would stay fair and it did,” Barrett said of his fourth home run of the season. “He left the curve ball up, and I stayed with it. Winning district is awesome. If we play to our potential, I think we can go far.”
McGavock broke through in the sixth when No. 9 hitter Tyler Crow laced a triple to right, Merritt walked, and Charlie Rose doubled in Crow. Senior Casey Cooper, the losing pitcher, then singled home two runs.
Lipscomb captures softball: David Lipscomb added the District 10-AA softball tournament championship to its regular season crown with a 10-0, five-inning shutout of host Hume-Fogg Wednesday afternoon.
Barkley Logan pitched a four-hit shutout and went 4-for-4, Whitney Wood went 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple, and Lydia Biggerstaff went 3-for-4, which included her sixth home run. Lipscomb will host a Region 5-AA game Monday, while Hume-Fogg will travel.