Ezell’s walk-off single caps Sequoyah’s comeback victory
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Sequoyah players celebrate after Evan Ezell’s walk-off single propelled them to victory over Cambridge on Saturday.
Sequoyah players celebrate after Evan Ezell’s walk-off single propelled them to victory over Cambridge on Saturday.
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CANTON – Evan Ezell’s walk-off single to right completed a Sequoyah comeback, which allowed the Chiefs to beat Region 7AAAAA foe Cambridge 4-3 in seven innings.

Ezell’s single capped a two-run seventh inning rally that began with two outs.

Pinch-hitter Austin Zietler singled into shallow right field and Daniel Seres followed with a hit through the left side of the infield, which moved Zietler to second. Tyler Holmes then fouled off a series of pitches before dropping a ball just inside fair territory in left field, which plated Zietler for the game-tying run.

Ezell then added his game-winning single.

Sequoyah coach Joseph Jones said his team has played from behind during most games. With Zielter seeing the ball well, Seres a solid batter, Holmes finding success early in the game, and Ezell swinging the bat well, Jones felt good with them in the lineup in the seventh.

“It worked out perfect with those guys coming to the dish,” Jones said. “Overall that group has been swinging the bat well for us. It’s a good way to finish. We have been struggling at the plate, but we made some adjustments and started swinging the bat there and it fell in play. We battled back. It was a great ending.”

That was certainly the case Saturday. The Bears scored an unearned run after the first batter of the game, Austin Weiermiller, reached on an error. Sequoyah tied the game with doubles by Ezell and Tristan Roberts in the second inning.

In the fourth inning, Cambridge added two runs on another Chief error. With two outs and runners on first and second, Jack Waylock put the ball in play, but Holmes throw from third was wide when he attempted to get Waylock at first. Colby Matthews scored on the play and Brian Moore reached third. Hunter Smith then singled for the Bears, driving in Moore before Sequoyah starter Jacob Weems induced a flyout to end the inning.

Sequoyah (12-6, 9-4) got a run back in the bottom of the sixth when Zietler doubled to lead off and Holmes drove him in with a single two batters later.

Holmes led Sequoyah by going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Zietler was 2-for-4 with two runs and Ezell, was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI. In addition to his performance at the plate Ezell pitched two innings, getting the win for Sequoyah. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

Weems pitched the first five innings for the Chiefs. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk, but none of the runs were earned. He also struck out six.

Sequoyah dropped three games leading up to Saturday and was slipping in the region standings. Jones said the win came at the perfect time.

“We had some tough ones,” Jones said. “Hopefully this will get as back going.”

Sequoyah plays at Kell on Wednesday.

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