Blue Devils pick up 5-2 win in Loudon March Classic

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Harriman Blue Devils opened play in the Loudon March Classic Thursday evening with a 5-2 victory over Sweetwater.

Thursday’s game was the first of three for the Blue Devils at Loudon High School as they played Greenback Friday and Loudon on Saturday.

Harriman never trailed Thursday as they took the lead for good with a run in the top of the first inning.

The Blue Devils used “small ball” to score their first run. Grant Jenkins opened the game with a bunt single and he would score on a ground out off the bat of Brantley Diggs.

Harriman’s big inning came in the second as they used three walks and a pair of singles to put four runs on the board.

Dylan Reynolds, Hunter Jenkins all walked before Grant Jenkins and Chase Randolph drove in runs with RBI singles. Harriman’s third run came on a balk while a fourth run came on a passed ball.

The big early lead was more than enough for Randolph on the mound. Randolph cruised through the first five innings of play and should have made it through the sixth inning before being lifted.

With two outs and none on for the Wildcats in the bottom of the sixth inning, an error kept the inning alive, and then three straight hits put two runs on the board.

Chris Works came in and put the fire out in the sixth and then closed out the game in the seventh inning for the save.

Randolph got the win after allowing 0 earned runs and 5 hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. He had 7 strikeouts.

Randolph (2-3, 1 RBI) and Grant Jenkins (3-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs) had multiple hits for Harriman in the victory.

 Harriman returns to action Monday when they host Greenback in a District 3-A contest. The Blue Devils travel to Greenback on Tuesday.