season long Honaker scored runs in bunches, run-ruling
most of their regular season opponents and scoring 39 runs
in three Region D playoff games.
state quarterfinals were a different story for the Tigers.
stranded 11 baserunners and fell to James River, 7-6, in
the Group A quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon at Harding
River (22-4) took the lead for good in the top half of the
first, scoring four runs with two outs. Honaker (21-4) put
runners on base in every inning, but stranded runners in
each frame as well.
Tigers trimmed their deficit to a single run on three
different occasions. Honaker got within 4-3 with three
runs on just one hit in the second inning, trailed just
6-5 after a two-run homer to right-center by Adam Honaker
in the fourth, and made it 7-6 with a two-out RBI single
by Aaron Whited in the sixth.
opportunities in the the third and fifth innings, however,
were costly for a team that had made a habit of
come-from-behind wins all season long, including Region D
playoff wins over J.I. Burton, Gate City and eventual
state champion J.J. Kelly.
spotted people runs all year long," Honaker coach Tom
Harding said. "It finally caught up with us. We left
runners on and left runners on and left runners on all
just gave too much up today with those four errors.
We’ve been able to overcome that several times this
season, but we couldn’t today.”
River ace Caleb Dorton struggled with his control, walking
six batters and hitting three. He worked his way out of
one jam after another, including the seventh, when he
ended the game with his fifth strikeout, with the heart of
the Honaker order due up and the potential tying run on
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