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Heritage clinches playoff spot, Boyd rallies past Silverdale

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RINGGOLD, Ga. (WRCB) -- Heritage baseball lives to play another week after a doubleheader sweep of visiting Cedartown Thursday evening.

The Generals secured wins of 4-3 and 5-1 to sweep a best-of-three Region 7-AAAA playoff series from the Bulldogs and clinch a spot in next week's Class AAAA state tournament.

The Generals will be either a No. 3 or 4 seed in the bracket behind sub-region champs Northwest Whitfield and Cass. The Bruins and Colonels split a doubleheader Thursday in the region championship series and will play a third and deciding game Friday for the region's No. 1 state tournament seed.

Heritage will play River Ridge Friday evening with the winner earning a No. 3 seed in the state tourney and the loser getting a No. 4. River Ridge swept its playoff series with Dalton to earn the region's fourth and final state tournament spot.

Austin Morris' walk-off single gave the Generals the win in game one. Lee Gibson's two-run first-inning home run gave Heritage the early lead, which it held until Cedartown rallied with two runs in the top of the seventh to pull even at 3-3.

The Generals struck first again in game two with a two-run double from Morris in the first. Jarred Porter added a two-run single in the second for a 4-0 advantage that proved to be more than enough for winning pitcher Dalton Belk.

Porter finished with three RBI in the game.

Boyd-Buchanan 8, Silverdale Academy 7
Thatcher Smith delivered a walk-off single to cap a four-run, two-out seventh inning rally that lifted Boyd-Buchanan to a stunning 8-7 win over visiting Silverdale Academy Thursday afternoon in a battle of two of the state's top-ranked Class A teams.

The Bucs' victory snaps the Seahawks' 15-game winning streak and pulls the two teams back into a tie atop the District 5-A standings. 

However, Silverdale owns the tie-breaker (head-to-head run differential) with the Bucs after Tuesday's 10-1 win in the opener of the two-game series, so it can clinch the championship and the district tournament's top seed by winning its final two district games against Grace Academy next week.

The Seahawks (17-2, 5-1) looked to be in position to clinch the title Thursday after building a 6-0 lead through four innings. Josiah Green and Joey Szollosi each delivered run-scoring singles to spark a five-run fourth for the Seahawks.

The lead was 7-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but the Bucs erupted for three runs in the frame to chase Silverdale starter Spencer Mossburg and pull within 7-4.

The Bucs pulled within two runs with a two-out bases-loaded walk in the seventh, then tied the game on John Hale's two-run bloop single to center. Down to his team's final strike, Smith then capped the wild rally by sneaking a 3-2 pitch through the infield for the game-winning RBI-single.

Smith finished 4-for-5 in the game and drove in two runs.

Other high school scores from Thursday, April 25:

Sequatchie County 9, South Pittsburg 4
Soddy-Daisy 16, Red Bank 2
Baylor 10, Rhea County 8
East Ridge 11, CSAS 7
Chattanooga Christian 2, Grundy County 1
Meigs County 14, Tellico Plains 0
CAK 8, McMinn Central 6
Cass 4, Northwest Whitfield 1
Northwest Whitfield 4, Cass 2 (10 innings)

Baylor 10, Central 2
Marion County 14, Sale Creek 4
Bledsoe County 12, Silverdale Academy 2
Boyd-Buchanan 10, Copper Basin 0
Meigs County 6, Polk County 1
Rhea County 3, Ooltewah 2

Boys Soccer
East Ridge 4, Tyner 0
Boyd-Buchanan 7, McMinn Central 0
Chattanooga Christian 3, Soddy-Daisy 0
East Hamilton 6, Hixson 0
Silverdale Academy 4, Sequoyah 3
Calhoun 4, Dade County 0

Girls Tennis
Chattanooga Christian 6, Signal Mountain 3

Boys Tennis
Signal Mountain 8, Chattanooga Christian 1

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