Owls swept in opening round of playoffs
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
May 5, 2007 - LINDALE - With 10 players on the varsity roster for the start of the Class A baseball playoffs, the Yantis Owls were swept by the Overton Mustangs Friday night in their bi-district playoff series.
Yantis lost Game 1, 11-0 in five innings, and then came back in Game 2 with a 19-3 loss as Overton will now face the North Hopkins Panthers in the area round.
"Overton is a very good team and they should have a great series with North Hopkins," said Yantis coach Larry Tucker. "They basically just came out and whipped our tails. You have to give coach Travis Jackson and his team a lot of credit.
"It was just one of those things that happens when you are young and inexperienced. This team accomplished a lot of good things this year. Just making the playoffs was amazing. We had no seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen on the field - and four of those kids had no experience until this year."
Overton took advantage of four Yantis errors in the game and six hits off Yantis sophomore Daniel Cerretani, as he took the loss giving up 10 runs, four earned, with two walks, seven strikeouts and one hit batter.
The Mustangs scored their first run of the game in the top of the second inning as pitcher Telvin Darden worked a leadoff walk and stole second and third and then scored on an error by the catcher. With two outs, Josh Stuart reached on a walk and scored on a double by Austin Rhoades for the 2-0 lead.
The Owls then ran into trouble in the third as Overton scored six runs on four hits and brought 10 batters to the plate in the inning.
The Mustangs scored their runs on a sacrifice fly, a two-run double by Garrett Williamson, an RBI single by Stuart, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by John Michael Florey for an 8-0 lead.
Overton scored two more runs in the fourth inning as Harmon scored on an error during Williamson's at-bat and Osburn had an RBI single scoring Williamson.
In the fifth inning, Overton ended the game with a run off reliever Terry Thompson as courtesy runner Tristan Sheffield scored on an error by the catcher.
In Game 2, Yantis and Overton were tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the third inning before Overton sent 23 batters to the plate and scored 18 runs on eight hits and six Yantis errors to put the game out of reach.
Tucker said heading into the bi-district matchup was tough since he had lost seven players heading into the matchup.
"Going into the playoffs, we lost two pitchers to grades and one to an injury," he said. "In addition to that, we lost four other players to grades. It's hard, especially in Class A, to make up for losing that many players.
� "I thought Terry Thompson and Jordan Davis did very well for us. We have to face the fact that we just did not play well at all and Overton made us pay for it."
Notes: This was only the third year that Overton has had its baseball program play an entire season and Friday's series was their first playoff series win. ... Overton finished second in District 20-A, while Yantis was third in District 19-A.