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What separates good teams from great ones in baseball is the ability to manufacture runs and Cherokee Middle School did just that Saturday afternoon with an impressive 8-1 victory over Coalfield in the AA district tournament title game.
Coalfield would take the early lead on a RBI double, but Kingston responded in kind with a Christopher McAbee RBI single that marched home Matt Spellman then Bryson Johnson stole home for the Jackets from Roane County in taking a 2-1 lead.
Coalfield went three-up and three-down in the top of the second as Kingston left a man on second to close out the second inning up 2-1.
The Jackets from Morgan County would have another three-up and three-down inning in the third then Colt Clements walked in Johnson in the bottom of the frame to make the score 3-1.
Coalfield would leave a man on first in the top of the fourth then Cherokee started to pull away in the bottom of the frame. Jake Tipton had a sacrifice fly that drove in Benji Headrick and McAbee hit another sacrifice fly that drove in Spellman to make the score 5-1.
Coalfield went three-up and three-down again in the top of the fifth then Cherokee scored to more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Clements scored on a wild pitch and Johnson knocked in Headrick with a single to make the score 7-1.
After Coalfield left a man on second in the top of the sixth, Noah Dickerson walked in Trevor Sexton to make the score 8-1, which was how the game would end with Cherokee emerging as the district champions.
Johnson (2-2, 1 RBI), Spellman (2-3) and McAbee (2-4, 2 RBI) led the hitting brigade for the Jackets from Roane County as Spellman (6 IP, 7 Ks, 6 hits, 1 ER) picked up the win for Cherokee.