A 13-7 home-field loser to the Pioneers back in mid-March, Tennessee High was simply superior this time around, claiming a 4-1 victory in opening-round play of the District 1-AAA tournament at Tod Houston Field.
The defeat ended Crockett's season with a 14-16 record, but the fifth-seeded Pioneers certainly made the fourth-seeded Vikings (23-9) sweat.
"We were a hit or two away from really seeing it possibly turn for us (with a first-round tournament win)," said first-year Crockett coach Spencer Street. "But, we had a great group of guys this year who were hungry for success and some seniors who have now helped lay the groundwork for this program."
SCRATCH AND CLAW
Tennessee High, which plays top-seeded Dobyns-Bennett today as the tournament now becomes a double-elimination event, was able to manufacture a couple runs to assume a 2-0 lead through five innings.
A balk by losing pitcher Luke Adams scored Jacob Orr, who had singled to lead off the THS third, with the game's first run, before a line-drive single from Bryce Snyder in the fifth provided the Vikings with their slight advantage.
Winning pitcher Davis Hall was removed to start the sixth, and Crockett immediately cashed in against left-handed reliever Gavin Cross, who proceeded to walk two batters and hit one to load the bases with nobody out.
However, Crockett could score only once, flying out to shallow center, grounding out to shortstop and popping out to second base in succession.
"It's a tough time to have growing pains," said Street, whose club managed just three hits. "But that's baseball. With the exception of five or six games this year, we competed every time out. That was a main goal this year."
The Vikings of coach Preston Roberts, who had struggled with the left-handed Adams, came alive offensively against two right-handed relievers in the home sixth, scoring twice on three of their six total hits to gain the three-run cushion.
A throwing error produced one of the runs, as did a single by Peyton Fox.
Crockett scored its lone run on a bases-loaded ground out by Sean Hayes.
David Crockett - 000 001 0 - 1 3 1
Tennessee High - 001 012 x - 4 6 3
Adams, Wheeley (5), Cash (6) and Stout; Hall, Cross (6) and Orr. W - Hall. L- Adams. S - Cross. HR - none.