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WOODBURY, Tennessee

After dropping a pair of games to begin their trip to the Volunteer State, the Hubbard Eagles (15) traveled to Cannon County High School to take part in another doubleheader.



In a matchup that was supposed to take place yesterday prior to the revising of the schedule, the Eagles faced off against the Central Magnet Tigers (6-4). Central Magnet has made 5 appearances in the state tournament over the last 8 years andhold 3 regional championships in that same time frame.

Trailing by 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th and closing in on the time limit, the Eagles needed to rally to keep the game alive. Hubbard would quickly tie the game up thanks to a RBI Double off the bat of Hayden Fox, and a RBI single via Joe Langley. Unfortunately for the Dirty Birds, theiroffense would stop there, leaving pinch runner,Ryan Murray, stranded on second.

With the time limit surpassed and the two teams still tied, the game moved into extra innings, MLB shootout style. Central Magnet scored 3 in the top half of the inning and the Eagles were unable to respond, dropping their third game in a row, 8-5.



Trying to bring their losing streak to a halt, the Eagles turned their attention to the Grundy County Yellow Jackets (5-4). Hubbard snuck out a hard fought 3-1 victory when these two first matched up in 2018.

Starting off hot, the Eagles plated 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning. Back-to-back singles from Joe Langley and Andrew Kali would each plate run, as well as a booted ball by the Grundy County second basemen off the bat of Braeden Murray to plate 2 more.

The Yellow Jackets needed no time to respond, scoring 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning thanks to 2 errors courtesy of the Eagle’s infield. Grundy County would later score in the 4th inning to tie the game at 4, then plate 2 more in the 5th to take their first lead of the game.

Needing to produce at the plate once again to stay alive, Hubbard started the inning at the number 8 spot in the lineup. Following a groundout to start the inning, singles from Mikey Zapka and Andrew Frank gave the Eagles a runner in scoring positionwith one away.

Tristan Adamson would lay down a sacrifice bunt to move Zapka to third and Frank to second. Grundy County would respond by walking the Eagle’s top returning hitter from 2019, Evan Jarvis. The intentional walk would bring Hayden Fox to the plate for the Eagles. With two strikes and the game on the line, Fox would line one into leftcenter field, scoring both Zapka and Frank to tie the game once again.

Once again, the Eagles had responded with their bats to bring themselves back into the game. However, it was another walk off win for the dugout opposite of the Eagles. Following two errors and a hit by pitch to load the bases, the Yellow Jackets’ Brandon Norris would poke one into the outfield, securing the victory, 7-6.


Dropping their 4th straight game in a row, the Eagles must now turn their attention to the Cubs of Madison, Indiana, with just one day left to play.



Since 2017, the Hubbard Eagles Varsity Baseball program has made a habit of traveling south for some warm weather action. With a combined record of 5-5 from their first two years, the Eagles have faced teams from the home state of the Viking Classic, Tennessee, as well as clubs from Indiana, West Virginia, and even a fellow team from the Buckeye State.



Coming in with an all-time record of 2-3 against Tennessee teams, the Eagles kicked off their trip with a matchup against one of the host teams of the Viking Classic, the Eagleville Eagles (3-4).Apart of the 2019 Class A State playoffs, Eaglevilleput the ball into the hands of their senior pitcher and University of Tennessee commit, Logan Kimberlin.

Trailing early by a run, Hubbard senior Albert Gerlick continued his impressive start to the season, bringing in his 4th RBI on the year and tying things up at 1 apiece.

From there the Eagles would score two more runs on the game, including a base hit off of the bat of sophomore Jake Hettrick to bring in senior Tristan Adamson. Unfortunately, 3 runs wouldn’t be enough to earn the Eagles their second victory of the season. The Eagleville Eagles would pick up the victory due to the time limit, 4-3 in the 6th inning.



Trying to avoid dropping their second game in a row, Hubbard would take on a familiar foe in the Community Vikings (8-1). Over two years ago, Hubbard and Community faced off in the second leg of a double header for the Eagles, in which the first pitch didn’t come until after midnight.

Hubbard came out victorious in that midnight matchup, but they couldn’t replicate the same success tonight. Through the first two innings, the teams combined for 4 total runs and by the end of the game hit a final tally of 17. Needing to keep arms fresh for the rest of the weekend, Hubbard used 3 different pitchers in this matchup, all seeing their first action at the varsity level.Hubbard’s offense was not enough to overcome their inexperience on the mound, as the Eagle’s dropped their second game of the day due to time limit in the 6th inning, 7-10.



Finishing the day with a record of 02, Hubbard will head back to the hotel and rest up before another double header tomorrow. The Eagles will take on Grundy County (3-3) and Sequatchie County (4-5) at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, respectively, at Cannon County High School.

*Contributed by YSN’s Jamie Thomson