Coach Laramie Dryden sent Kade Chatwood to the hill Friday night for the District Championship game and Chatwood proved to be the man of the hour. Through seven innings, he allowed no hits, two runs, with none of those earned, on four walks, three errors, while he fanned six batters. The Pirate defense and offense took care of the rest in the 4-2 victory to give the Pirates the DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP on the road at Blountstown.
In the top of the first inning, Chatwood helped himself out by drawing a walk and moved to second on a single by Mac Danford. A sacrifice by Jalen Kenner put runners on second and third but a pair of outs ended the inning with two left on the bag. Blountstown was three up and three down in their half of the frame.
Sneads got on the board in the top of the second inning with three runs, while Blountstown answered with one in their half of the frame. Bryan Hamilton led things off with a single and moved to second when Colton Mercer drew a walk. A double steal put runners at first and second with Jay-Nathan Hayes sacrificing Hamilton home. With two outs, Chatwood singled home Mercer. Mac Danford and Jalen Kenner put together back-to-back singles scoring Chatwood before the inning came to an end. Blountstown answered with one run to make it a 3-1 game.
Bryan Hamilton was hit by a pitch with one out, followed by a Colton Mercer single. Jay-Nathan Hayes drew a walk but no runs were able to cross the plate. Blountstown added a run in the bottom of the inning, narrowing the Pirate lead to 3-2.
Sneads added a run in the fourth inning, making it a 4-2 ballgame for the Pirates. Chatwood got it done on both sides of the ball, tripling for his third time to reach base in as many attempts. With one out, Jalen Kenner flied to center to score Chatwood. A double by Dylan Driggers went for nil when the next batter ground out to third, ending the inning. Sneads was held off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
In the fifth inning, Jay-Nathan Hayes drew a two-out walk but was left stranded on the bag when a strikeout ended the inning. In the sixth inning, Mac Danford drew a walk for his third appearance on a base in the game but consecutive outs ended the inning with him left on first.
Michael Weeks led off the seventh inning with a walk but was unable to cross home plate before the last out of the inning came.
Sneads was scheduled to host Central Wednesday night.