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Gwatney Chevy handles Sheridan with ease

Gwatney Chevy’s Derek St. Clair swings towards the fences against Sheridan. Chad MatchettBuy Photo
Gwatney Chevy’s Derek St. Clair swings towards the fences against Sheridan. Chad Matchett

Jacksonville’s senior Gwatney Chevy Boys welcomed Sheridan to Dupree Park Sunday afternoon, and then sent them packing with an 9-2 loss.

James Tucker went the full seven innings on the mound for Jacksonville, showing his stamina as the temperatures began to rise.

Tucker didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, and gave up seven overall after pitching out of a jams in the fifth and sixth innings. He fanned three while walking just one against a solid-hitting Sheridan squad.

Jacksonville got all the runs they needed in the second and third innings. Derek St. Clair singled in the first inning, but was left stranded after consecutive outs to the pitcher and a flyball to right.

The second inning saw Courtland McDonald lead off with a walk, steal second and then score on a single by Jarred Wilson. Wilson later scored on a single from St. Clair.

Gwatney added four runs in the third inning to take control 6-0. Ryan Mallison led off with a walk, followed by singles from Kaleb Reeves, Greg Jones, McDonald and Troy Allen. Blake Perry added a single as Mallison, Jones, McDonald and Allen each scored in the inning.

Two-hole hitter Mallison singled to start the inning, but was later the first out on a force play at home. A single by Reeves and an intentional walk to Jones loaded the bases for McDonald. McDonald hit a hard chopper to first, who came home for the first out of the inning.

Allen found a hole in the defense, driving in Reeves and Jones. Wilson drew a walk before Perry brought home the final run with a sac bunt that brought McDonald across the plate.

Tucker finished off the game in the seventh on just five pitches, getting two flies to right and a pop up to center to end the game.

The senior Chevy Boys took on the loaded North Little Rock Colts Wednesday night at Dupree Park.

Jacksonville will head to Sheridan this weekend for the annual Sheridan Wooden Bat Tournament.

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