The Cannon Courier
Most of the spring sports are wrapping up their respective seasons. All of the Cannon County teams enjoyed some success this past week, including a thrilling come from behind victory on the diamond.
After going 2-2 at a tournament last week, the Lions made it four wins in a row with a huge district sweep over Smith County. CCHS won at Smith County 12-6 on April 18, but heading into their final at-bat a day later, all was lost for the hosts.
The Owls just made a pitching change with two outs in the bottom of the seventh leading 6-3. However, Lions had the tying run at the plate in senior centerfielder Jared Judkins. On the first pitch, Judkins crushed a three-run bomb over the left field fence which tied the game.
"Coach (Colin Jones) said first pitch swing for the fences, and that is what I did," Judkins said.
After a walk by senior Briar Jakes, junior Sam Schau sent an Owl pitch to the wall, and Jakes beat the throw home to finish off the unbelievable comeback by the Lions, 7-6.
"Coach always preaches to us, we got to have confidence in each other, and build off of each other," Schau said. "We got the energy level up after Judkins hit that homer, and we did not stop there."
The Lionettes had consecutive home matches this week against Watertown and Providence Christian, while the Lions Austin Brock won his singles match against Watertown as they are down to only two members of the team.
The Lionettes won both matches as a team, 5-2 on April 18 and 4-3 on April 19, and they were led by the duo of Autumn King and Allison Howard. Both players won their respective singles matches on both days, and they teamed up to win the doubles match both days.
"It was very hot, but I felt like I did pretty well," King said. "I have been working a lot on my backhand and getting it better following through more. It really showed today of my improvement."
Leah Hyatt, Dani Waisanen and Kasey Sadler also picked up a singles win last week.
The Lions roared to the win column on April 15 with an impressive 9-nil home win over Bledsoe County as Qwentin McMackins scored a hat trick. Josh Walkup added two goals, and four other players scored once. Justin Hill and Jake Walkup teamed up for the clean sheet at goal for CCHS.
The Lions fell at Warren County, 8-4 on April 18, and 4-1 at Jackson County on April 19.
Junior Lionette Softball
The middle school team continued their winning ways with a dominating 16-2 win over MTCS on April 19. The offense exploded for 10 runs in the top of the seventh to pull away for the win.
Junior Lion Baseball
In their final home game of the season, the middle school team fell 13-3 to Boyd Christian on April 15. The Junior Lions only had two eighth-graders this season, Luke Alexander and Wade Love, and both were honored before the game.
"They have been leaders for us," Junior Lion head coach Michael Bryson said. "They are both athletes, and they have come on the team. The kids look up to them, and we did not have a whole lot of eighth graders this year. They are going to be a nice addition to the high school."
On April 19, CC nearly got their first win of the season barely falling at Smith County, 4-3.
The Lionettes lost at home 8-0 to Upperman on April 19.