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By DAVID HUNTER

The weather late last week improved, so we finally got our first look at all the Cannon County Spring Sports teams except for CCHS tennis.

Most of them started out slowly with some losses, but for the most part they were very competitive. Oh, by the way, the Middle Grade softball team stayed undefeated with another impressive blowout 11-1-win last week over DeKalb City.

Let's start with the diamond sports as last weekend both baseball teams fell in heartbreaking fashion with one run home losses. Of course, the middle grade baseball will finally win their first game in a long time sooner than later. They came so close against DeKalb West losing 3-2 on March 17 as they jumped out early 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

However, the Bulldogs answered back with three unanswered runs, including the eventually winning run in the top of the fifth to make it 3-2. It could have been worse, but CCMG head coach Michael Bryson went to the bull pen and put in Zachary Basham on the mound. For the final eight outs, Basham was lights out as he struck out all of them.

He gave them a chance to win, and the Junior Lions were oh so close during their final at bat in the bottom of the seventh, but Garrett Basham almost beat the tag at home. It was not enough and the Junior Lions fall to 0-2 on the season. However, they have only lost those two games by three combined runs. The wins are coming, I promise.

A day later, I got my first look at the CCHS baseball team also at home against Whitwell. It counted as the season opener since the March 13 home contest against Sequatchie County was stopped because of weather after four innings with the Lions behind 8-0. The game was declared a no contest, and it will not count. They met again this week at their place on March 23.

As for the actual season opener on March 18 against Whitwell, the Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when pitch runner Caleb Sissom scored on a Whitwell error. CCHS starting pitcher Chandler Todd and the defense was keeping their opponents at bay until the top of the sixth when Whitwell scored their two runs to take the lead for good.

Lions senior shortstop Sam Scheu almost tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a deep drive, but it was caught at the warning track by their left fielder. It was the last great opportunity by the Lions before losing by the same score.

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