Owls fly back into playoff hunt

From Staff Reports

April 23, 2007 - A near perfect outing by hurler Daniel Cerretani and 19 hits led the Yantis Owls to a 19-0 win over Fruitvale on Friday.

Cerretani gave up one walk and one hit while striking out 11 Bobcats. The talented sophomore is 4-0.

"Daniel did another great job on the hill against Fruitvale," said Yantis coach Larry Tucker. "And our overall hitting really came around."

The win evened the Owls to 3-3 in District 19-A and a share of the third and final playoff spot with Martins Mill. Miller Grove and Martins Mill play today and a Hornet win nails down second place for them. A Martins Mill win would throw the district into a three-way tie for second.

The Owls first five batters each banged out three hits apiece. Terry Thompson continued his hot streak going 3-6, while Cerretani, Randy Smith and Zach Wester each went 3-5 and Jordan Davis was 3-4.

Davis also had five stolen bases including a steal of home.

"Davis has elevated his game lately. He has always been a hitter, but he has not made an error since the first game this year and he plays third and short so he handles the ball a lot," Tucker said. "Randy Smith has improved behind the plate and at bat, as has Thompson. And my ninth batter, Casey Stinnett, had two hits."

Justin Hunt and Michael Hogg each added a hit with Darren Burgess reaching base four times by walking.

The Owls are at home Wednesday against undefeated Union Hill and still must play Fruitvale to finish the season later this week.

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