There was heated competition on Sam Martin Field Friday night between Hoover & Son and TN Credit. It was a pitching duel with both teams playing very aggressive defense and when the final out was made TN Credit edged Hoover & Son, 5-4.
In the top of the first, the pitching started off brilliantly for Hoover & Son, all three outs came by way of strikeouts with J.J. Jacobs being the only player from TN Credit to reach in the first inning.
In the bottom of the second inning it was all TN Credit defense which collected the outs. Justus Majors had a lead-off single but tried to stretch into an extra base hit and was caught at second. The next two hits were fly balls that went for outs two and three and the game remained scoreless after one.
TN Credit picked up back-to-back outs again on two consecutive strikeouts. The third out came on a fly ball and TN Credit still could not get the offense going in the second.
Hoover & Son finally found what it needed on offense and started to connect with the ball as Nathan Elrod reached with a lead-off base hit. Gavon Mason was next after the first out and he knocked Elrod around for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. With two outs Harley Hernandez reached base and got help getting around by Ethan Basham and two more runs crossed the plate for Hoover & Son and they took a 3-0 lead.
The rally must have had an effect on TN Credit and they came out with the same relentless offensive assault they just received and the TN Credit bats were hot. Noah Murphy drew a walk to start the third. Conner Nunley, Jacobs, and Caylon Driver each walked and the supreme pitching by Hoover & Son took a serious turn. Baler Melton and Matthew Key pushed around the runners and by the time the final out of the inning was made TN Credit had claimed the lead 4-3.
In the bottom of the third for Hoover & Son, Majors led the inning off with a walk, but quickly made his way around the bases off hits by Braylan Holguin and Matthew Young. Hoover & Son had fought and scrapped its way back to tie the game at 4-4.
Could TN Credit put a run on the board for the win? They sure did, after a strikeout to start the inning Nunley again got on base and he had scoring on his mind. Strikeout number two came and Nunley looked like he would be stranded and the game would have to continue in an extra inning. With two outs, Driver reached base, followed by Melton and Nunley crossed the plate and the third out came on a strikeout and TN Credit held on and took a 5-4 win over Hoover & Son.