KARNS—After an 8-0 loss to Halls on Sunday, Oak Ridge will play in a district tournament elimination game today (Monday, May 8).
The season will end for the loser. The winner will move on to play the loser of the Halls-Karns game in the District 3-AAA baseball tournament on Tuesday. The Halls-Karns game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. today at Karns High School.
The Oak Ridge-Clinton game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. today at Karns High School.
Oak Ridge (13-15) beat Clinton (13-21) twice during the regular season. The first was an 8-0 win at home on Monday, April 17, and the second was a 5-1 victory at Clinton two days later, on Wednesday, April 19.
Before the Sunday loss to Halls (17-11), the Wildcats had lost once to the Red Devils during the regular season, a 7-2 defeat on Thursday, April 20.
Oak Ridge Coach Mark Garrison said Halls pitcher Graham Elkins, who pitched into the sixth inning, dominated the Wildcats twice this year.
He said Oak Ridge pitchers Logan Williams (54 pitches) and Ben Aird (82 pitches) did a fair job, but the Wildcats couldn’t generate much offense.
“If you can’t score, you can’t win,” Garrison said.
Oak Ridge also struggled to make routine plays, he said.
Ian Campbell had two hits for the Wildcats, and Jacob Ownby, Seth Caldwell, and Chris Van Hook each had one.
Oak Ridge held Caldwell to pitch against Clinton today, Garrison said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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