By Kris Freeman for White House High School with recap information from Gamechanger
Photo by Jaden Semich
WHITE HOUSE – The Blue Devils baseball program got off to a delayed start on Tuesday after a rainout on Monday, and came home to split a doubleheader with Sycamore.
White House won the nightcap 7-6, but fell in the early game 10-6 when the War Eagles connected on a late-game grand slam. The Devils won the second game on a walk-off single by Hunter Matherly in a game that extended late into the night.
The two teams opened their seasons at the White House High School baseball field after Monday’s game at Sycamore was rained out. Both teams are 1-1 overall and in District 9-AA, as district teams often play a two-game series on back to back days throughout the season.
White House is scheduled to host Portland in non-district play on Saturday and the game will be broadcast on The Blue Devil Network.
Game One – Sycamore 10, White House 6
Blue Devils Drops Game To Sycamore After Late Score
White House stayed in it until the end, but Sycamore pulled away late in a 10-6 victory on Tuesday. Sycamore was down 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jaden Hickman homered on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring four runs.
The Blue Devils collected ten hits and Sycamore had 16 in the high-scoring affair.
Sycamore got things moving in the first inning, when Kenny Harris singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.
Harris started the game for Sycamore. The hurler went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out four Dustin Palmer started the game for the Blue Devils. The lefty allowed seven hits and three runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out four
White House totaled ten hits in the game. Palmer, Sam Abshire, and Caden Blackford each had multiple hits for the Blue Devils. Blackford, Abshire, and Palmer each collected two hits to lead Blue Devils.
Sycamore collected 16 hits on the day. Justin Johnson, Harris, Austin Williams, Hickman, Riley Palmer, Noah Nieves, and Murray each managed multiple hits for Sycamore. Johnson led Sycamore with three hits in five at bats.
Game Two – White House 7, Sycamore 6
Matherly’s Walk-Off Gives Blue Devils Victory Over Sycamore
A walk-off single led the Blue Devils past Sycamore 7-6 on Tuesday. The game was tied at six with the Blue Devils batting in the bottom of the seventh when Hunter Matherly singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
Bats blistered as Blue Devils collected ten hits and Sycamore tallied ten in the high-scoring game.
Sycamore got things started in the first inning. Sycamore scored two runs when Jaden Hickman singled.
Brown got the win for the Blue Devils. The righthander lasted one and one-third innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out three and walking zero. Riley Eaton and Josh Walker entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Graham Marcom took the loss for Sycamore. The bulldog allowed five hits and one run over three and a third innings, striking out five.
Caden Blackford started the game for the Blue Devils. Blackford allowed six hits and four runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out six Justin Johnson started the game for Sycamore. The pitcher lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out two
Blue Devils tallied ten hits in the game. Dustin Palmer, Brown, and Carpenter all had multiple hits for Blue Devils. Palmer led Blue Devils with three hits in three at bats. Blue Devils tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Palmer led the way with three.
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