West finishes sweep of JCHS with 11-0 win
Morristown West pitcher Tyler Britt works during Wednesday’s home IMAC game against Jefferson County at Trojan Park. Britt tossed a two-hit shutout to lead the Trojans to an 11-0 victory.
The Morristown West pitching staff has a rare top line of arms that can make life miserable for most opposing bats, and they showed again Wednesday afternoon why they are considered one of the favorites in the Inter Mountain Conference.
Trojans starting pitcher Tyler Britt needed just 61 pitches to work a complete game in five innings, as the offense put up big numbers in an 11-0 mercy-rule victory over Jefferson County at Trojan Park.
It was the second straight shutout of the Patriots this week, as West knocked off Jefferson County 5-0 in Dandridge Monday afternoon. Will Heflin and Will Gardner combined for seven scoreless innings in that one.
With the win, West improves to 6-3 on the year and 3-1 in IMAC play. The loss drops the Patriots to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in league action.
Trojans coach Nick Morgan was proud of the effort he saw both on the mound from Britt and at the plate by the entire lineup in the win.
“Tyler was in command, threw strikes and did a really great job,” Morgan said. “Any time you can throw that few pitches in five innings, you know your pitcher has his best stuff. He was on it from the opening pitch, and he just pitched a great game.
“At the plate, I thought we had a good approach and we were aggressive. We hit it really well, and when we had a chance to drive in runs, we didn’t leave anybody on base.”
The Trojans got on the board in the opening inning with a five-hit frame. Jake Logan reached on a leadoff bunt single and moved to third after a passed ball and a wild pitch. After Chas Hadden singled in the infield, Austin Bishop followed with a two-run double down the left field line for the first runs of the game.
Gardner plated Bishop with a two-bagger and scored on a base hit by Trevor Williams to make it 4-0 after one inning.
Logan got another rally started in the second frame with a one-out single, and he took second on a throwing error on the play. After Heflin reached on a fielder’s choice, Hadden smacked a two-run double to plate Logan and Heflin. Hadden took third on the throw home on the play, and he scored on a wild pitch by Jefferson County starting pitcher Ryan Buchanan to extend the lead to 7-0.
Britt only allowed two base runners in the first two innings, with both reaching on errors, and he worked a perfect third inning before his teammates added another run in the bottom of the third.
Chase Connelly drew a one-out walk and Calvin Smith followed with a single that chased Buchanan from the game. Dylan Frazier came on in relief of Buchanan, and Logan drove in a run with a grounder to make it 8-0.
Jefferson County went without a hit until they had two outs in the fourth inning. Kyle Briggs hit a line drive single to center for the first hit, and Wade Stinson followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Britt picked Stinson off at first base to end the inning.
The Trojans pushed the lead to double digits in the bottom of the fourth. Bishop tagged a one-out triple and scored on a single by Gardner. Williams followed with a single and Jacob Jennings was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Connelly drew another walk to bring in a run. Smith added a sacrifice fly to plate the final run and make it 11-0.
Britt allowed one base runner in the fifth inning but closed out the inning to end the game.
West will be back in action this evening in the Warrior Classic in Murfreesboro, while Jefferson County competes in the Smoky Mountain Invitational in Sevier County.
-By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor