Harriman takes down Meigs in extra innings

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By Brody Jones

 It wasn’t pretty, but the Harriman Blue Devils picked up a huge 6-5 victory over Meigs County in a District 3-A contest at Papermaker Field.

Harriman led for much of the contest, but the Tigers rallied to take a one run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Blue Devils answered the call with one run in the seventh inning and another in the eighth to pick up the victory.

Meigs County started the game with a run coming home off of a wild pitch to take the early 1-0 lead.

Harriman, however, would tie the game thanks to Grant Jenkins coming in off of a fielding error at 1-1 at the end of the first inning. 

The next three and a half innings turned out to be a pitching duel with Harriman's Chase Randolph fanning Tiger batters left and right. 

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Randolph had an RBI double, while Brantley Diggs dug deep for an RBI single and Clay Redmon brought home a run courtesy of a fielding error to make the score 4-1, seemingly giving the Blue Devils a safe lead. 

However, in the top of the sixth inning, the error bug bit Harriman, causing them to give up two of the three runs allowed in the sixth inning on fielding miscues to tie the game at 4-4. 

After a three-up and three-down bottom of the sixth by the Blue Devils, the Tigers pounced on another fielding error to take the lead, and things looked bleak for the Blue Devils as they trailed 5-4 heading into their final at bat. 

Chase Hamby would tie the game in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out RBI single to send the game into extra innings tied at 5-5. Brantley scored the run after reaching safely on an error with two outs. 

After Harriman avoided disaster by stranding a Meigs County base runner at third base, the Devils used another two-out rally to win the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Bobby Jackson singled with two outs to get things going then Dillon Reynolds smack a double that brought Jackson home with the winning run.

Grant Jenkins (2-4) was the leading hitter for the Blue Devils. 

Randolph (7 IP, 13 Ks, 1 walk, 5 hits, 0 ER) pitched notably in the no-decision while Alex Wampler (1 IP, 1 Hit) came on in relief to get the win.

Harriman plays again Friday with a trip to Knoxville Central.