Chiefs fall 3-2 to Holmes County in extra innings in 1A regional semifinal

Published 11:11 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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Northview fell 3-2 to Holmes County in eight innings tonight in a FHSAA Class 1A Regional Semifinal in Bratt, Fla.

Scoreless through six innings, both teams scored two runs each in the seventh to send the game into extras. The Devils tacked on one run in the eighth, and held on despite Chiefs threat late with one on and two outs.

Northview’s Jamarkus Jefferson threw a good game on the mound, striking out eight and allowed one earned run on four hits.

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Throughout the game, the Chiefs’ infield and outfield made stellar defensive plays to keep runs off the board.

Jefferson struck out the last batter in the top of the fifth with a runner on third; shortstop Kaden Odom made a leaping catch in the fourth, and got a tag out at second in the sixth; and catcher Rustin Pope caught a pop up under handed in the top of the seventh, to name a few.

In the top of the seventh, Holmes County’s Jasper Sellers scored on an error to break the scoreless tie. With bases loaded, Nathaniel Conner scored on a hit-by-pitch to make it a 2-0 ball game with no outs.

Jefferson would then get two consecutive strikeouts and then the Pope pop up to end the inning.

During the bottom half of the frame, Northview tied it up when Odom scored on a hit by pitch with bases loaded, and Luke Bridges scooting home on a passed ball.

Holmes County scored the go-ahead run on an RBI double from Colby Powell that scored Sellers.

Odom, Bridges and Cason Burkett had two hits each to lead the Chiefs. Jefferson and Trent Knighten had one hit each.

Burkett came in in relief in the seventh, and struck out two while allowing one run on one hit.

Conner went 2-for-4 with a run to lead HCHS. Jameson Bacon, Sheldon Sparks and Powell had one hit each.

Conner also threw a good game, striking out seven and giving up five hits in 5.1 innings.