DYERSBURG — The Walters State Senators entered Saturday’s doubleheader at Dyersburg State looking to gain breathing room atop the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association standings, but instead the home team walked away holding first place on their own.
The Eagles jumped on top in the first inning of both ends of the twinbill and never trailed in sweeping the Senators. Dyersburg held off a late rally in the opener to win 4-2 before using two big innings in the nightcap to win 6-1.
With the sweep, the Eagles move into first place in the TCCAA standings with a 28-12 overall record and a 15-7 mark in league action. The losses put the Senators (30-15) a half-game back in the region standings at 15-8.
Walters State lost the opener despite getting hits from eight different batters and totaling nine hits in the contest. Michael Smith had two doubles for the Senators, while Elijah Sutherland, Matt Harrell, Reid Mathews, Jared Allen, Colin Bennett, Dustin Woody and Bryan Bussey each had a hit. Harrell drove in both runs in the defeat.
Tyler Bigler recorded two hits with a double for the Eagles in the win, while five other batters recording a hit. Jordan Thiele had a double and an RBI in the win.
Lee Haeberle outdueled Taylor Patterson on the mound to get the victory. Haeberle allowed two runs – one earned – on nine hits in 6.1 innings. Cody Smith retired both batters he faced to get the save.
Patterson (6-4) took the loss after giving up four earned runs on seven hits in six innings.
The Eagles jumped on top in the first inning by scoring runs on a wild pitch and a grounder, and Bigler added an RBI double in the second to make it 3-0. Thiele’s RBI double in the third make it 4-0.
The Senators attempted to rally, and they scored their initial run in the fifth. Smith doubled, moved to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Harrell to make it 4-1.
Walters State scored again in the seventh when Smith led off with a double and scored on a double by Harell, but Cody Smith bailed Dyersburg out to preserve the win.
In the nightcap, the Eagles scored just one earned run off of Walters State starter Jay Gause, but they totaled six runs on five hits against the righty. Gause (7-5) struck out six in four innings. Zach Walton allowed one hit in two innings of relief.