CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Colton Morgan acted like it was just another win as he walked off the mound at Chattanooga State.
It was far from it.
Morgan's complete game effort was buoyed by a five-run second inning as Central beat East Hamilton 6-4 Tuesday night to clinch its first district championship in a decade.
The Purple Pounders (25-6, 14-0) finished unbeaten in District 6-AA play and clinched the top seed for the upcoming district tournament by completing a two-game sweep of the Hurricanes (20-12, 12-2).
Morgan scattered eight hits and gave up just two earned runs before striking out Hunter Owen for the final out. He got plenty of help from his catcher, Ryan Poole, who threw out two East Hamilton baserunners in the sixth and another in the seventh to thwart rallies.
Dylan Jones' two-run double sparked the Pounders' big second inning. Dominique Dawson, Tyler Lowe and Gabe Fomby followed with run-scoring hits in the five-run, bat-around frame.
Fomby drove in Central's final run on a groundout in the fourth.
The Hurricanes scored two runs in the fifth on Owen's bloop single and added another in the sixth to pull within two, but couldn't complete the rally.
Silverdale Academy 10, Boyd-Buchanan 1
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Silverdale Academy scored six runs in a bat-around fourth inning and got a standout start from Reid Clements on the mound to rout Boyd-Buchanan 10-1 Tuesday in a battle of District 5-A leaders.
The Seahawks' 15th straight win puts them in the driver's seat for the district title. They can clinch at least a share of it by beating the Bucs again Thursday at Boyd-Buchanan.
Clements struck out 11 and allowed just four hits and one run in a complete game effort. However, he battled throughout as the Bucs stranded a baserunner in all but one inning.
Spencer Mossburg had three hits and scored three runs to spark the Silverdale (17-1, 5-0) offense. Mossburg and Matt Millard each had run-scoring hits in the Seahawks' big fourth inning, while Joey Szollosi delivered the big blow with a two-run single.
CSAS (softball) 8, Grace Academy 1
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Kiara Suttles and Jamani Greer both homered to help Chattaonoga Arts & Sciences move into sole possession of first place in District 5-A with a stunning 8-1 rout of defending Class A state champ Grace Academy.
The Lady Patriots (14-4-1, 3-0) stand as the only remaining beaten in district play, and can cement their place at the top by beating the Golden Eagles (11-12, 4-1) again in the rematch next Tuesday at Warner Park.
Greer finished 2-for-4 and drove in four runs while Brianna Taylor also collected two hits and scored a run.
Taylor tossed the final two innings in relief of winning pitcher Liana Rodrigues, who allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight in five shutout innings.
Other high school scores from Tuesday, April 23:
Sale Creek 15, Van Buren 1
Walker Valley 4, Soddy-Daisy 0
Sequoyah 4, Meigs County 1
Marion County 3, Hamilton Heights 0
Signal Mountain 3, Bledsoe County 0
Chattanooga Christian 1, Notre Dame 0 (11 innings)
Bradley Central 5, Rhea County 3
Sequatchie County 5, Grundy County 1
Ringgold 10, Coahulla Creek 0
Cartersville 14, North Murray 1
Gordon Lee 12, Trion 2
Boyd-Buchanan 5, Whitwell 4
Bradley Central 9, Polk County 7
Marion County 13, South Pittsburg 1
Ooltewah 16, Cleveland 4
Walker Valley 11, McMinn County 1
Silverdale Academy 16, Richard Hardy 0
Central 7, East Ridge 1
Meigs County 6, Sequoyah 0
Sale Creek 8, Red Bank 4
East Hamilton 11, Hixson 1
Soddy-Daisy 7, Rhea County 1
Bledsoe County 9, Sequatchie County 2
Dalton 3, Northwest Whitfield 1
Tyner 3, Sequatchie County 2
Chattanooga Christian 5, Hixson 1
McCallie 2, Ensworth 1
Soddy-Daisy 5, Cleveland 3
East Ridge 1, Boyd-Buchanan 1
Notre Dame 8, Marion County 0
Notre Dame 5, Signal Mountain 4
Notre Dame 6, Signal Mountain 3
Cleveland 6, Ooltewah 3
Red Bank 7, East Ridge 2
Grace Academy 8, McMinn Central 1
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