The Cleveland A's suffered a tough loss at the hands of the league-leading Chattanooga Bombers Sunday at Red Bank High School by a score of 7-3.
The A’s played tough, but again it was errors and timely hitting by the Bombers that put the Cleveland squad too far behind for a comeback.
Ryan Linden pitched his best game of the year, striking out six of the first seven batters he faced. Linden had 12 strikeouts on the day with only three walks. Landon Gray pitched the last four innings, striking out nine.
“We had our chances to score early, loading the bases in the second with only one out and didn’t come through,” said A’s coach Billy Massingale. “We did break up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth with a three-run, two-out rally.“
Former Walker Valley standout Dalton Montgomery got a two-out walk. Then with two strikes Massingale, while at the plate, called a hit-and-run to perfection getting a seeing-eye single that moved Dalton to third. Kody Hensley loaded the bases with another walk and then the hot-hitting Josh Hindman hit a three-run triple. But, It was too little, too late and the Bombers took the game 7-3.
“We play again Wednesday at the old Charleston High School field at 6 p.m. We would like for all baseball fans to to come out and watch some free baseball,” said Massingale.