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Monday, April 22nd the J R Trippe Chiefs ended their baseball season with a 7-4 loss to West Laurens in the District Championship played at West Laurens Middle School. The Chiefs ended the season with an overall record of 15-5.

The Chiefs batted first and despite three hard hit balls they came away with no runs. It was a different story in the bottom of the first as everything was going right for West Laurens as they sent 10 batters to the plate scoring 5 runs including a three run homer. The Chiefs still couldn’t get the bats going in the second inning while West Laurens was able to pick up one more run in the bottom half putting them up 6-0 after two innings. With the Chiefs still not able to get anything in the third inning it looked like a blowout was in the works. After holding West Laurens scoreless in the bottom of the third the Chiefs finally got something going in the fourth as Walker Moncus got a leadoff single to break up the no-hitter. Bryson Coleman came in as a courtesy runner for Moncus and promptly stole second. When Hagen Brantley’s pop up was dropped by the first baseman Coleman raced to third and scored on an overthrow. During the throw Brantley also moved to second. Jacaree Washington came in as a courtesy runner for Brantley moving over to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a single by Cason Banks who then stole second base on the first pitch to the next batter who eventually struck out. However, Carson Ricks followed the strike out with an RBI single making the score 6 -3.

After holding West Laurens in the bottom of the fourth things looked promising for the Chiefs but they couldn’t keep the momentum going as they went three up and three down in the fifth and sixth innings with West Laurens adding one more run in the bottom of the sixth to lead 7-3 going into the seventh. The Chiefs were hoping for a repeat of their last inning comeback win last year against West Laurens in the championship game. After the first two Chiefs batters grounded out Kaleb Bennett created a little hope with an infield single then stealing second and third and scoring on a wild pitch. After getting behind 0-2 on the count Tucker McDonald kept the hope alive working the pitcher for a walk. That brought Moncus to the plate but he flew out to right field to end the game giving West Laurens the 7-4 win.

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