Story and Photos by Kailee Means
The Mt. Juliet Golden Bears shut out the Cookeville Cavaliers 10-0 to end the regular season on Tuesday night.
The Golden Bears got things started quickly, as they brought in two runners in the first inning. The second inning gave them more momentum, as they recorded five more runs to make it 7-0.
Between the third and sixth inning, they brought home three more runs to bring the score to the final tally of 10. For the home-standing Cavaliers, they just couldn’t much going offensively.
“That is a state tournament team,” said CHS head coach Butch Chaffin. “They have an SEC arm and really upweighted kids. We are just trying to battle and still find our way. Now, you go into the postseason and anything can happen.”
Justin Lee was on the mound for the Golden Bears as he pitched for four innings, striking out three. Keaton Reese came in from the bullpen for relief, striking out three as well.Tyler Vestal, Easton Krenzke and Reese all recorded multiple hits for the Golden Bears.
Andrew Corbeil started on the mound for the Cavaliers, striking out two. After two innings, Braden Hawn came in from the bullpen for relief. Going into the last two innings, Abe Goolsby came in from the bullpen for relief. Corbeil had 12 first pitch strikes for the Cavaliers, who Chaffin says are still finding their way as a young staff..
“We just don’t have the high velocity guys,” said Chaffin. “So, we have to spin it and locate it. Sometimes, we leave it out over the plate. It is not our pitcher’s fault, they’re just young and they are trying to figure it out.”
With this being the last regular season game, both teams will now focus on the district tournament.
The Golden Bears currently sit at number one in the district and are undefeated. The Cavaliers are currently sitting in the fifth spot right behind Wilson Central. Seeding, games and location will be announced soon.
“We are going to take tomorrow and try to get our legs back under us, and have a good practice on Thursday,” said Chaffin. “I will find out tomorrow at the meeting if the game is on Friday or Saturday to get into the 2 out of 3 game.”