Apr. 2—Stepping inside the batters box against Syerra Rogers has proven to be extremely difficult this season.
With a fearless mentality, a vast pitch repertoire and belief in the defense behind her, the East Hamilton senior has been nearly untouchable when facing District 5-AAA competition.
Rogers’ no-hit bid was broken up in the top of the seventh by a bloop single to center by Zoe Cates in Thursday’s 6-0 home shutout over Ooltewah. With a curveball, riseball and two other versions of a fastball she retired 14 batters while extending her scoreless innings streak to 26 against league competition.
“Last year when school ball was cancelled I really had a lot of time to practice and improve. I feel like the start I’ve had this year is related to the hard work I put in making sure I was ready to give my team all I could my senior season,” said Rogers, who plans on joining her older sister Syvana, who plays for Cleveland State. “It’s also really easy to come out here and pitch when you know your team is behind you. I don’t worry about anything when I’m inside the circle. My teammates are always there for me.”
Sparked by Rogers, East Hamilton (8-4, 4-0 5-AAA) is rolling after going 5-6 in league play two years ago.
Grace Hixson had an RBI single while Rogers missed a home run by a matter of inches to deep center, which ended up being a triple. Henley Apps went 2-for-2 while Reese Knox stole three bases and scored twice for the Lady Hurricanes who scored two runs in both the first and fifth innings.
The sister combination of Nikki and Dani Wasserstrom made highlight plays in the field. Nikki threw out a fast runner in Jaycee Holt on a bunt single attempt while Wasserstrom took away a hard hit up the middle.
Through Rogers’ district scoreless streak she has only allowed six hits while striking out 50. On the season she is now 8-1 overall with a 1.93 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings.
“Syerra is doing a great job and has a lot of confidence out there,” Lady Hurricanes coach Norma Nelson said. “She is little, but she is mighty. She mixed pitches really well today and was great. The girls believe we can win every time she is out there.”
Boyd Buchanan 17, Central 0: Katie Powell and Avery Poteralski each homered for the Lady Buccaneers who delivered 12 runs in the second inning. Powell led the way going 3-for-3 with four runs batted in. Gracie Petty also had a big day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double while scoring twice and driving in two. Brooke Watson went 2-for-3 with a triple and fired three no-hit innings with seven strikeouts.
Sequatchie County 10, Marion County 0: Addy Edgmon had three hits and drove in four runs to propel the five-inning victory. Cali Green tossed a shutout on the mound, while Jadeyn Girdley went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Sarah Muir was 2-for-2 for the Lady Warriors.
Walker Valley 7, Columbia 6: The Mustangs mounted an enormou comeback as they scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth and then had Daniel Denton close the door on the mound in the top of the sixth. Junior Preston Hodges highlighted the comeback inning with a grand slam while Aiden Gibson also sparked the offense going 2-for-3. Denton had the game-winning sacrifice fly and struck out four in 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Sale Creek 10, Harriman 2: Braden Penny, Jared Elrod and Eli Buttram all had three hits to lead a 14-hit day for the Panthers. Penny drove in a pair and stole two bags, while combining for 16 strikeouts with Elrod on the mound.
Madison 10, Sequatchie County 3: The Indians led the hit column 9-8, but four errors in the field proved costly. Sequatchie’s Anthony Wright went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Marion County 10, Whitwell 0: Austin Anderson fired a six inning, two-hit shutout while he also tripled twice for the Warriors who had 11 hits. Hayden Gomez also stood out going 2-for-3.
Ringgold 12, Coahulla Creek 2: Mason Parker was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored and Kenyon Ramson drove in two runs and scored twice for the Tigers (13-5, 8-0 in Region 6-AAA). Eli Norris added a pair of RBIs, with McCain Mangum, Dre Norris and Ross Norman each driving in one.
Dade County 11, Chattooga 8: Brett Kay hit a pair of doubles, drove in four runs and scored twice to lead the Wolverines (8-8, 6-1) to the Region 7-AA win. Brodie Swader was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Eli Kimball 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Nolan Heath 2-for-2 with three runs scored and Colton Emmett hit a two-run homer for Dade.
Rockmart 2, Sonoraville 0: Trevor Caldwell pitched a one-hitter, striking out 15 and walking one for the Yellow Jackets (7-11, 3-5) in the Region 6-AAA game. Zach Lyles took the loss, despite allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings for Sonoraville (9-8, 4-4).
North Murray 11, Murray County 1: The Mountaineers (6-12, 3-5) won the Region 6-AAA county matchup as Daniel Skojac allowed a run and five hits in the five-inning game while also going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Cade Petty was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Ty Kendrick drove in three runs and scored twice for North Murray. Kaleb Jones had three hits for Murray County.
Soddy-Daisy 2, Bradley Central 0: Seniors Jonah Gipson and Chandler Hartman scored goals as the Trojans dominated the attack, outshooting the Bears 9-2. Soddy-Daisy (5-0-2) was also led by Omar Lopez, while David Lopez and Bradley Sills contributed assists.
Hixson split its varsity tennis match in which the 1-2 seeds on both sides put forth quite a battle against Red Bank. Theo Malloy picked up an impressive singles victory, 8-6, over Chandler McDowell to help spark the Wildcats in a 6-3 match victory. The Lions were led by Vraj Patel who won 8-5 in singles and teamed up with McDowell for an 8-6 doubles victory. The Lady Lions pulled away winning 7-2 as Janera Day won 8-6 in singles and doubles alongside Sarah St. John.