Grizzlies keep lead to beat region-leading Chiefs
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Creekview’s Chandler Wold swings at a pitch from Sequoyah’s Erikson Lanning during Wednesday’s game. Stuck in a recent stretch in which they had lost four of their last six, the Grizzlies were able to gain a win against their archrival. 
<Br>Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
Creekview’s Chandler Wold swings at a pitch from Sequoyah’s Erikson Lanning during Wednesday’s game. Stuck in a recent stretch in which they had lost four of their last six, the Grizzlies were able to gain a win against their archrival.
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
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CANTON — Creekview scored a pair of early runs and held to win 2-0 at Sequoyah, in a key Region 7AAAAA game Wednesday night.

A second-inning double by Austin Smith and a bunt attempt by Kyle Wilkie that resulted in a Sequoyah error was all that the Grizzlies needed to get their first run across the plate.

Sequoyah starter Erickson Lanning walked a batter before getting out of the inning without any further damage.

In the top of the third, Creekview struck again by using another Sequoyah error.

Garrett Potts singled to second to lead off, and he advanced to third when a pickoff attempt went out of play. Chandler Wold eventually drew a walk to put runners on the corners with no outs. With Ben Wynett at the plate, Erickson attempted to pick off Wold at first, which kept the Grizzlies runner close to the bag.

When Wynett was finally able to put the ball in play, Wold was out at second on a fielder’s choice, but Potts reached home safely.

Wynett was picked off first before Avery Smith reached on a single to right field. The inning ended when Smith was then picked off first.

Creekview (9-6, 6-4) gained seven more baserunners during the game — most via walks or errors — but it couldn’t get another man past second.

In a game where pitching is at a premium for both teams, Creekview coach Mike Nayman said any run is important.

“You are trying to play for any run,” he said. “You want to advance runners on and, hopefully, come up with a hit. We caught a couple of breaks when the ball ended up where they obviously didn’t intend it to, and we were able to get some bases and capitalize on both throwing errors, which really helped our cause.”

The win over the region-leading Chiefs helped the Grizzlies as they try to regain momentum after losing four of their previous six games. It also gave them bragging rights in the season series, which includes a 5-3 Creekview in a neutral-site game at Kennesaw State.

The Grizzlies will host the Chiefs on April 24 to close out the regular season.

Sequoyah (11-5, 8-2) threatened in the bottom of the third.

After Russ McGlamry got a leadoff single, he was sacrificed over to second by Grant Pfost before Jacob Cagle reached on an error that put both runners in scoring position.

After the Chiefs’ Austin Smith struck out for the second out of the inning, Creekview pitcher Jordan Pickerill intentionally walked Daniel Seres to load the bases. Pickerill then struck out Tyler Holmes to end the inning.

Sequoyah didn’t threaten again until the bottom of the seventh. Tristian Roberts walked before McCleskey singled to left field.

Jonathon Mouw entered in relief and retired the side to end the game and earn the save.

Pickerill gave up four hits and walked two while striking out eight in his six-plus innings on the mound.

Lanning, who pitched six innings for the Chiefs, took the loss. He gave up two runs on four hits and walked five, but he struck out five. McGlamry struck out the side in his lone inning of work.

Neither team had a player with more than one hits.

Wold drew four walks and Potts was 1-for-2 with a run for Creekview, while Cagle and Evan Ezell had doubles for Sequoyah.

Creekview will return to action today against Osborne, in a game that was moved up a day in order to avoid rain forecasted for Friday. Sequoyah will host Riverwood in another region game today.
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