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Gwatney Chevy motors to comeback win against Cabot

The Jacksonville Gwatney senior American Legion team came from behind to beat Cabot in the consolation finals of the Jacksonville Classic tournament over the weekend.

Down 2-1, the Chevy Boys scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-2 win.

Jacksonville struck first in the game, taking advantage of Cabot mistakes to push a run across in the third inning. With two outs in the inning, Troy Allen reached after being hit by a pitch. A balk moved Allen to second, where he scored when Blake Perry reached on an error. Greg Jones also reached on an error, but both were stranded after a fly out to left.

That lead didn’t long as Cabot scored twice in the top of the fourth. Walks to Conner Vocque and Coleman McAtee set up Grayson Cole to knock them in with a two-out triple. Jacksonville starting pitcher Eric Moore had faced the minimum batters through the first three innings before the trouble in the fourth.

The Chevy Boys went down quietly in the fourth inning, and then threatened in the fifth. Perry doubled, followed by a single from Jones. A deep fly to center ended the inning.

Centennial Bank missed a chance in the sixth inning to add to the 2-1 lead by stranding two runners, including one on third base. McAtee also singled in the inning and was erased by a fielder’s choice.

Jacksonville finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning, thanks mostly to the bottom half of the order. Jared Wilson led off with a single up the middle, and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Mallison.

LaDerrious Perry brought Wilson in easily with a triple to center that tied the game 2-2. Moore put himself in line for the win when he followed with a single that drove in Perry.

Back at the top of the order, Derek St. Clair was hit by a pitch and moved into scoring position on a passed ball, while Moore moved to third. A ground out by Allen was enough to knock in an insurance run for Jacksonville.

Moore ended the game in style in the seventh by getting two quick groundouts and finishing it with a strikeout. Moore scattered four hits and three walks while fanning seven in the win.

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