The Sneads Pirates baseball team earned a place in the state tournament after a sound defeat of Paxton last week, handing them a 5-1 loss before a packed crowd in Sneads. Coach Laramie Dryden sent Kade Chatwood to the mound. Chatwood went six innings, gave up one run on two hits, four walks, and struck out five batters before giving way to Colton Mercer for the final inning. Mercer retired the side in order on three strikeouts to preserve the win.
Sneads plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning beginning with a leadoff single by Chatwood. With one out, Jalen Kenner doubled home Chatwood. With two outs, Michael Weeks drew a walk with Kenner scoring on his at bat. A flyout to centerfield ended the inning.
The Pirates added a run in the second inning with one out. Jay-Nathan Hayes singled and moved to second before Chatwood singled him home with two outs. A strikeout ended the inning with Chatwood on second.
A two-out single by Michael Weeks was the only offense for the Pirates in the third inning. Sneads added a fourth run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, Darius Raines singled and moved to second on Chatwood’s third single of the night. An error allowed Chatwood to move around the bases to score before a strikeout ended the inning.
Sneads was three up, three down in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, they had opportunity but could not execute a run. Bryan Hamilton reached on an error to start things off, stole second and third before Darius Raines drew a two-out walk. A groundout to short ended the inning with two left on base.
The Sneads Pirates were scheduled to leave Tuesday morning from Sneads for the state tournament in Ft. Myers. They were scheduled to play Wednesday. The Times will have full coverage and pictures from the state tournament in next week’s edition of the TIMES.
Congratulations to the Sneads Pirates on a fantastic season thus far from the publisher and staff at the Jackson County Times.