Siegel High struggled early at the plate Friday afternoon against Morristown West.
However, a fifth-inning rally kept the hot Stars’ win streak in place.
Siegel defeated Morristown West 3-2 in the Warrior Spring Baseball Classic, extending its win streak to 10.
“Our pitching staff has done a great job,” said Siegel junior Carson Lester, an MTSU commitment. “And we’re playing well behind our pitchers. We’ve been finding ways to get it done, however that may be.”
The Stars later defeated Pelham, Ala., the defending Alabama Class 6A state champions, 1-0 in eight innings to extend the win streak to 11.
Morristown West led 2-0 in the fifth when the Stars (14-1) plated three runs off starter Eric Wolfe. Colton Gipson reached base on a dropped third strike to start the inning. Leadoff hitter Connor Moss singled, advancing Gipson to second.
Chase Slone sacrificed the two to second and third respectively. Gipson then scored on passed ball, which was followed by Blake Benefield’s infield single. Carson-Newman commitment Nick Kristinus grounded out to score Moss before Lester singled in Benefield.
“Their guy did a good job, and we felt a little flat at the plate early,” Siegel coach Craig Reavis said. “They stayed with it. We got on base on a mistake with a strikeout. And we did a good job putting some balls in play.”
Zach Cannon (2-0) finished off Morristown West in the seventh, getting the Trojans out in order to get the win.
Morristown West scored a run in the first when Jake Logan scored on Chas Hadden’s double play ground out. Trevor Williams singled and scored in the fourth off Nick Smelcer’s single in the fourth.
The Trojans finished with five hits off Cannon.
“Even though we got behind early, I’ve got no doubt in my mind that we’ll come back. All it takes is one inning.
“I never doubted it even a second. Last year’s team we’d get down on ourselves. I don’t know if we would have pulled this out. But this year’s team, we’ve got a whole new (aura) about ourselves. We always stay confident.”
Siegel scored its run against Pelham when Drew Kincaid singled and pinch runner Tyler Kirkland advanced to second on Gipson’s sacrifice bunt. Moss then singled in the winning run to end the game.
Anthony Jordan struck out three and walked one in eight innings against Pelham to get the win. He gave up seven hits.
Pelham’s Connor Radcliff struck out 13 and gave up just two hits in seven innings pitch.