By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – To win the District 9-AA championship in the regular season, the White House Blue Devils have to complete a two-game sweep of rival White House Heritage on Monday and Tuesday.
With a complete game effort and sixth inning run, step one is done as White House won their home game on Monday with a 2-1 victory over the Patriots.
With both teams now sitting with two district losses, the Blue Devils can control their own destiny to claim the regular season title and be the number one seed for the district tournament. Heritage is in the same position, but the Patriots still have two games to make up with Cheatham County which would then play a factor in determining the winner between Heritage. White House and three-loss Greenbrier.
Junior right hander Caden Blackford pitched all seven for the win, out dueling Heritage’s Caleb Guisewhite as both hurlers tossed a complete game. Blackford pitched a full seven with one run on three hits and eight strikeouts with two walks.
Guisewhite only tossed six innings, as White House took the lead in the bottom of the sixth and held on for the top of the seventh for the 2-1 final. Guisewhite struck out 10 and allowed two runs on four hits with two walks.
The Blue Devils took the first lead of the game in the fourth inning when Dustin Palmer doubled, and then was pushed to third on a single by Blackford and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Matthew Sureda.
In the top of the sixth, Heritage tied the contest when McFarlin homered to left with one out.
White House fired right back when Hunter Matherly drew a lead off walk, stole second and then scored on the second RBI of the game by Sureda when he laced a two-out double.
Heritage got the first runner of the seventh aboard on a strikeout and passed ball, but McDonald was put out on a fielder’s choice by Dever, who later stole second to get into scoring position. But Blackford settled in to get a strikeout looking and then a pop out to second to end the game.
White House improved to 16-8 overall and 9-2 in district play, and is expected to send left-handed starter Dustin Palmer to the mound on Tuesday at White House Heritage.
Blackford is now 4-0 for the season with 43 strikeouts.
Palmer, Blackford, Sureda and Zane Brown had the only hits of the game for the Blue Devils.