Cloudland and Hampton baseball teams were unable to extend their seasons on Friday night in the opening round of the District 1-A Baseball Tournament.
The Bulldogs dropped a 6-3 decision to Sullivan North, while Cloudland fell 10-0 to North Greene. With the losses on Friday, both squads saw their respective seasons come to a close.
For Hampton, an explosion of runs in the sixth by the Raiders were too much to overcome.
The Bulldogs broke open a 1-1 stalemate in the bottom of the fifth with two runs. North, however, responded with five runs of their own against the HHS bullpen.
Hampton had pulled started Dalton Rouse at 74 pitches so the sophomore would be available in Monday’s game.
“From a competition standpoint, I accepted the baseball coaching position at Hampton to compete for championships,” Hampton Head Coach Nicholas Perkins said. “My best chance to do that in 2018 was to have Dalton Rouse available on Monday. I would do nothing different. I hate it for our kids.”
Hampton’s Dru Owens tied the state record for stolen bases during the game.
In the opening game of the day, the ‘Landers were unable to keep their hot streak going.
Winners of two straight games, Cloudland was unable to get runs on the board as NG slowly pulled away.