A loss would have eliminated the Chiefs (12-7, 7-7) from playoff contention, but they did just enough — or rather, the Yellow Jackets (10-11, 8-6) did too little, too late.
Sequoyah put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first.
Tanner Norris hit a one-out single to left before Russ McGlamry was hit by a pitch. After a fly out to center, Jacob Weems singled to load the bases. Evan Ezell came up with the third hit of the inning when he lined the ball through the left side to drive in Norris and McGlamry. Sprayberry starting pitcher Landon Hughes then struck out Brian Exley to end the inning.
Sprayberry struck back in the top of the third.
Tristan Roberts, who had a rough night from the start and walked the second batter he faced, walked Spencer Beyers. Tucker Breen entered to run for Beyers before Clint Colman singled through the right side of the infield. Jordan McClure’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third with just one out, and Roberts walked Nick Hartney to load the bases.
Lee Allen followed with a single to drive in Breen before Bobby Gauvreau and Alex Endres drew walks to force in two more runs.
Roberts, who has otherwise performed well for Sequoyah, left the game after 1 1/3 innings. He gave up two hits and walked four and was credited with four runs.
McGlamry took the mound after throwing just eight pitches to warm up and walked Michael Chavis, the first batter he faced, to force in another run. But he stuck out McKenzie Mills and induced a fly out to get out of the bases-loaded jam.
In the bottom of the inning, the Chiefs retook the lead with five runs.
A single by Grant Pfost, a hit batsman, and a single by McGlamry got it going, and Roberts’ infield single loaded the bases before Weems drew a walk to score a run. Ezell reached on an error that allowed two more runs to score, and Chandler Smith doubled to drive in Weems.
Sequoyah led 7-4 after two innings.
Mills entered to pitch for Sprayberry in the third inning and didn’t dare much better than Hughes. He walked leadoff batter Pfost, and Nick Seres doubled to move Pfost to third. Norris then singled home Pfost, though Seres was caught trying to score from second on the play.
After a scoreless fourth inning — the only scoreless inning of the game — Sprayberry trailed 9-4, but the Yellow Jackets were quick to change that.
A one-out single by Coleman and a walk by McClure put two runners on. Hartney doubled to right to drive in Coleman, while McClure came in to score on an error. Hartney was on third when Norris lost a ball in the sun in right field. Gauvreau reached first on the play and later scored on a hit by Endres, who was caught trying to advance to second and ended the inning.
With their lead down to one 9-8, the Chiefs went back to work. Norris and McGlamry drew walks before Zach Burnett entered the game to pitch for Sprayberry. Roberts hit into a fielder’s choice, but the Chiefs still had two runners on with one out. Weems doubled to left field, driving in McGlamry and Roberts. After a fly out to center, Smith drove in Weems with a single for the 12-8 lead.
Sprayberry tacked on two runs in the sixth off Smith, who entered to pitch for the Chiefs. Beyers singled with two outs and moved to second on a wild pitch, but he didn’t stay there long as Coleman’s homer to left-center cleared the bases and cut the lead to two.
Sprayberry loaded the bases, but Exley entered the game for the Chiefs and shut the Yellows Jackets down.
In the top of the seventh, Chavis connected for a long homer over the 352-foot sign in left-center, but Exley worked out of the inning without allowing another runner on base.
Sequoyah hit well with runners in scoring position, connecting for hits eight times. Coach Joseph Jones said it wasn’t a lucky win.
“We got the hits when we needed them and played excellent defense,” he said. “Tristan Roberts has had good outings all year, but (on Friday), he just didn’t have it. We picked him up and got it done. It was a good win for us.”
McGlamry was credited with the win.
Sprayberry coach Phillip Henderson said his team just didn’t get the offense going soon enough.
“We didn’t come to the party until about the fourth inning,” he said. “We scrapped a little bit after that. Did some good things, but we walked to many hitters and made too many errors. They took advantage of it and won the ballgame.”