#childsafety | Clarksville High rules rival Rossview to complete baseball sweep

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Clarksville High baseball hosted Rossview Thursday in the regular-season series finale between the two schools.

The Wildcats were looking for the sweep after defeating the Hawks at their place 11-1 in five innings on Tuesday.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and holding a seven-run lead, Clarksville senior and Vanderbilt commit Kyle Magrans blasted a walk-off grand slam over the left field fence to take down the Hawks 11-0.

“Hitting it felt awesome, but I think the guys definitely pumped me up for that one,” Magrans said. “Everybody knew I was 0-for-2 on the day, and hadn’t swung the bat much at the plate. After the walk, everybody was making noise and it took them butterflies away for the at bat and got me ready to go. He left one up and it was awesome to be able to bring that energy back to the dugout for all the guys.”

Remaining undefeated and currently sitting in first place in the district, Clarksville baseball coach Brian Hetland discussed just how big the series win over their rival is in the grand scheme of things.

“It was huge,” Hetland said. “It’s been a great rivalry in any sport at this school since I’ve been here. It’s always a really good atmosphere where the fans show up and the kids show out. If we weren’t restricted, there’s no telling how many people would’ve been here tonight.

“By no means is our team that much better than that team, but our team played better this week. That’s just baseball. There’s ebbs and flows. We’ll have to see them again. It was just a really fun series for our side obviously.”

Hawk starting pitcher Dylan Kazee was hit with the loss. The left-hander pitched four innings, allowing seven runs on four hits while walking seven and punching out six hitters.

Rossview baseball coach Parker Holman is unsure of where his pitching staff is right now after surrendering 22 runs in their last two games.

“It’s hard to say,” Holman said. “You don’t want to hang your hat on one series. There are things that we definitely have to improve upon and there were things that we didn’t do that were conducive to us not being successful. Hopefully we’ll be able to give them a better game if we see them on down the road.”

Game summary

After striking for seven runs to start the contest in game one, the Wildcats once again got off to a fast start in the first inning Thursday.

“It just created momentum for us and created relaxation in our pitchers to be able to just go out there and dominate the zone,” Hetland said. “I felt like that was key to both nights.”

Elliot Shaw-Yohe plated the first two runs of the game on a single through the right side of the infield before Cade Ross scored on a passed ball to give Clarksville a 3-0 lead after one frame.

“Our kids have had good offensive approaches two nights in a row and that’s hard to do,” Hetland said. “We didn’t over swing, didn’t get out of character and we did some good things.”

In the bottom of the second inning, Nathan Barksdale stole home on a throw back to the pitcher to extend the lead to 4-0.

“What was important tonight was the fourth run in my estimation,” Hetland said. “Three was great early, but once we got the fourth one and got going, that’s what really made it big for us. We added on before they could kind of get back in the game. It just made it feel like an insurmountable lead with the way our guy was throwing the ball. That was critical.”

The Hawks committed three errors in the field, including one mental mishap by their third baseman that led to two runs scored for the Wildcats in the bottom of the third inning.

Clarksville scratched across another run in the frame on a Nathan Barkdale sacrifice fly before Magrans ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Key performers

CHS starting pitcher Brody Lanham threw a no-hitter, striking out six batters in the win.

“He (Lanham) had a great performance,” Hetland said. “He did his thing and he’s been really good for us.”

Nathan Barksdale went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two runs scored while Garrison Goins also reached base three times and scored twice for the Wildcats.

Conner Doughty, Scott Dean and Collin Pedigo each drew a walk for the Hawks.

Up next

Rossview (14-13) travels for a non-district meeting with Dickson County Friday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. before taking on Northeast Monday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. on the road.

“Show up,” Holman said on the message to his team for their next contest. “Just show up with a mindset to go win a game.”

Clarksville (20-4) heads to Northwest Monday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. for a District 10-AAA matchup.

According to Hetland, keeping his players focused on the task at hand is always difficult during this time of the year.

“We got prom this weekend too and we have a lot of seniors in this group,” Hetland said. “They’re all going to be going to prom and staying up all night on Saturday. It’s a gut-wrencher for a coach because you just want to keep everything normal and rolling. But at the same time, they have to be kids and I’m glad they get to do the things that the kids didn’t get to do last year.

“We just have to prepared and play at our level no matter who we’re playing. We’ve established a level now that’s pretty high and we have throughout the year and they have to keep that up. I’m a challenge person. I told them they have to come out and have a great practice tomorrow before having Saturday off. There’s a lot of baseball left to play and it’s just the beginning right now.”

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