Yantis makes playoffs for first time in 13 years
From Staff Reports

May 7, 2005 - YANTIS - The Yantis Owls are in the baseball playoffs for the first time in 13 years after beating the Rivercrest Rebels, 12-6, in eight innings Friday during a playoff for second place in District 15-A.

"This was really great for our kids and our program," Yantis coach Larry Tucker said. "It's been a long time since we had been in the playoff, and I am very proud of the effort of this team."

The Owls (14-6) will face Union Hill (18-4) in a one-game bi-district match at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Pleasant High School.

Christopher Thompson pitched his fifth complete game of the season for Yantis to raise his record to 6-2.

"Christopher is just a warrior out there on the mound," Tucker said. "He always finds a way to get the job done."

The Owls fell behind 4-0 after the first two innings, but stormed back to take a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Rivercrest tied the game with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Both teams went down in order in the seventh to set up the fireworks in the extra inning.

In the eighth, Thompson walked to start the inning, T.J. Moreland had a pop fly for their first out, and Devin Frazier blooped a hit into left field.

Cory Elliott then loaded the bases by getting on by a Rivercrest error. The Rebels then committed four costly errors and Yantis added another hit by Jeremy Hurley.

Armed with a six-run lead, Thompson induced a pair of pop-ups to Miles Davis at shortstop and a grounder ball to Colton Glenn ended the game and started the celebration for Yantis.

The Owls had 14 hits total and committed just one error. Hurley led Yantis with three hits, while Elliott, Davis, Thompson, Frazier and Cord Burnett had two hits apiece. Moreland, Glenn and Jordan Davis each added a hit for the Owls.

Tucker said the celebration was a long-time coming.

"I am especially glad for the two seniors who have stuck it out, Corey Elliott and Miles Davis. Three years ago, we didn't win a game so we have come a long way," Tucker said. " We know we face an uphill battle against Union Hill, but believe me, we are going to show up."

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