By Gene Renfro
JOHNSON CITY — The Happy Valley Middle School baseball team played a game that took a month to complete that finally wrapped up Monday.
The Warriors started a game at Providence Academy on March 30 that got halted two innings in due to rain. The contest was picked up at that spot yesterday. and in eight innings Providence emerged with an 8-7 decision.
That final score came in the third extra frame with two outs. Shaddon Peavyhouse was the game-winning run as he came in from third when Daniel Tyree hit a ball to right. The ball landed in the glove, but was squeezed out for an error, the fifth for the maroon-wearing squad.
“That play at the end there was a lot before that play, we should have been out of the inning,” Happy Valley head coach Daniel Carder said. “They put the ball in play and that’s what can happen. You have to give them credit for that.”
Happy Valley was able to start the day with a 6-5 lead after the two innings from a month earlier. Providence quickly tied things up in their half of the third. Each team scored in the first extra frame in the sixth. Happy Valley’s final score occurred when Caleb Jones raced in on Forrest Hall’s double to left center.
Jones was able to go 3-for-4 with three runs scored from his lead-off spot.
Nathan Kyte and Taylor Hurley were both 2-for-4 for the Warriors. Both of Kyte’s hits were doubles.
Peavyhouse had a multi-hit effort with a 2-for-5 outing. Lane Patterson was also 2-for-4 with a double.
The Warriors will play again in the conference tournament scheduled to start Thursday. Happy Valley’s regular season ended with an 8-8 mark overall and 6-4 against league foes.
“We did a good job of just staying in the game,” Carder added. “We didn’t really do much those first couple of innings (today) and they got a run there. We got out of some very tough situations and we didn’t help ourselves running the bases. You have to give their defense some credit and making plays when they needed to.”
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