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Blue Devils win home opener 17-7

Blue Devils win home opener 17-7
For Sumner Home Page, By KRIS FREEMAN

WHITE HOUSE – After losing 22-0 at home on Tuesday, the Harpeth Indians were one pitch away from getting out of the first inning at White House Wednesday when the wheels fell off again.

Instead, starter Luke Gossett surrendered six runs with two outs and the Blue Devils were on their way to a 17-7 victory in five innings in the home opener. White House (2-0, 2-0 District 9-AA) scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth with a walk-off single from Kevin James to run-rule the Indians for the second-straight day. White House outscored Harpeth, 39-7, in two days, and will not see them again potentially until the end of the season district tournament.

James reached base all four times, going 2-3 with a walk and two RBI, but got big help in the lineup from sophomores Andrew Vogel and Avery O’Bryan.

Vogel was 2-for-4 with two triples and a RBI with two runs scored, slappinh both base hits in front of right fielder Clay Risner for Harpeth, who misplayed the first one in the sun and let the second one bounce past him with an ill-timed slide.

O’Bryan broke the game open in the first inning, driving in Logan Neufeld and Aaron Worrell, who reached on a K-passed ball and a single respectively. But when Gossett had worked back-to-back strikeouts, Miles Suiter walked and O’Bryan smacked a two-run single and moved to second on the throw home. White House led 6-0 after one.

Devils starter Michael Frye (1-0) picked up the win, pitching three innings with three runs on seven walks and a hit by pitch with five strikeouts.  But after giving up two runs in the second to cut the margin to 6-2, Frye helped himself at the plate. He walked and scored in the first and then smacked a two-run double in the second down the right field line, just inches inside, as the Devils extended the lead to 10-2.

Will Harper pitched the final two frames for White House and gave up four runs on two hits and also walked seven and struck out two.

Unfortunately, White House allowed Harpeth to get the tying and and go-ahead run to the plate with two runs in the top of the fifth.

Harper issued four walks and a single but got Dawson Capps to ground out with the bases loaded to end the threat with a 10-7 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, White House ended the marathon game with a seven-run frame.

Aaron Worrell reached base for the second time with a lead-off walk, and he was 1-for-3 with a single and two runs scored in the game. Then Vogel tripled, and Cole Pond singled, followed by Miles Suiter beating out a fielder’s choice. Suiter grounded to first, but Chace Taylor thought about second before trying to beat Suiter back to the bag and failed.

Pond was 1-for-4 with two RBI, and Suiter reached and scored three times but did not have a hit.

O’Bryan walked then with the bases loaded, Harper skied one to center field and Dylan Capps dropped the fly ball for the error, allowing another run to score. Jagger Brantley drove in two runs (he was 1-for-2 with two walks) with a single and then James ended the game with a base hit to right, after Brantley had moved to third on a wild pitch.

The freshman Sam Abshire scored twice running for the pitcher, and junior Andrew Nixon scored three times running for the catcher.

White House will return to district play on Monday at home against Sycamore, but for now the Blue Devils are traveling Thursday to play Jo Byrns on the road at 6 p.m. with the JV playing at 4 p.m.

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