After struggling much of the season to get into a winning rhythm, the Campbell County High School baseball team picked up a pair of victories last week while finishing 2nd in the Knoxville West Tournament.
The Cougars (2-14 district, 12-22 overall) opened tournament play Thursday afternoon with an 8-4 triumph over the host team.
Freshman Tate McGhee was credited with the win. He was relieved by Aaron Chapman in the sixth inning. Campbell County scored its eight runs on just three hits. Tucker Cain, Hunter Scott and Chapman each had a single. The game was tied 4-4 going to the fifth inning, where the Cougars pulled in front by two runs and held the lead.
Later during the tournament, after dropping a pair of regular season district games they should’ve won, Campbell County finally beat Clinton, 13-7, on Saturday. It was the first defeat of the Dragons by the Cougars’ senior class and helped Campbell County better last year’s record by one win.
Andy Hickman was credited with the victory, with Chapman pitching in relief. The Cougars collected nine hits. David Hickman led the way with a pair of doubles.
Austin Powell had a home run and double for Clinton. Campbell County jumped on the Dragons early by scoring eight runs in the second inning.
Only Sullivan South kept the Cougars from a perfect run through the tournament. The Rebels defeated Campbell County twice, 17-1 and 15-0, to claim the championship.
Cain and Chris Hutson had base hits in both of those games. Joseph Williams and Chapman had hits in the shutout loss, while Landon Brackett had one in the other game and scored the only run for the Cougars.
Campbell County is now preparing for the District 3-AAA Tournament and a possible first round matchup against Knox Halls.