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The first two games of the 2011 baseball season didn’t go as expected for the Harriman Blue Devils as Andy Adcox’s squad opened the season at 0-2.
The first loss came last Monday at the hands of Kingston. The second loss came on Thursday when the Blue Devils dropped a 7-2 decision at Meigs County.
One bad inning basically cost the Blue Devils the game Thursday as the Tigers used two walks, two hits and an error to score five runs and take the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning.
While Harriman spotted the Tigers the early lead, the Devils did hit the ball well enough to make a run as they out hit Meigs County 10-6 on the day. The only problem, however, was the fact that Harriman couldn’t turn those hits into runs as the Blue Devils left a total of 12 runners on base.
Six of those runners came in the first and fifth innings as the Blue Devils failed to score despite loading the bases. The Blue Devils also left two runners stranded in the third and fourth innings.
Harriman, however, did score two runs in the top of the third inning.
Mark Chesser opened the inning with a walk then Cody Barnard and Tyler Dishman followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Ryne Goldston drove in Harriman’s first run of the season with a walk then Trenton Catron made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly to center.
Meigs County got those runs back in the bottom of the inning, however, as the Tigers used two hits and a walk to make the score 7-2 after three innings of play.
Chesser (4-4, 1 run) and Dishman (2-4) picked up multiple hits for Harriman in the loss.
Chesser started the game on the mound and took the loss. In two innings of work, Chesser allowed five runs on two hits and three walks. One of the Tigers’ runs was unearned.
Cory Webb pitched four innings in relief. Webb allowed two runs on four hits and one walk.
Harriman has only one game scheduled this week as the Blue Devils travel to Clarkrange on Wednesday. Harriman will open District 3-A play on Monday when the Blue Devils travel to Tellico Plains. Harriman will host Tellico Plains on Tuesday.