Blackman's baseball team avenged a District 7 championship game loss to Stewarts Creek by beating the Red Hawks 6-0 in the Region 4 title game on Wednesday night.
Blackman will host Walker Valley in Friday's sectional game and Stewarts Creek will travel to Ooltewah
As the game was being played the rest of Stewarts Creek's senior class was graduating at Murphy Center, so a special on-field ceremony was held for the eleven senior baseball players following the game.
"After the Monday night win I texted all 11 seniors," said Stewarts Creek coach Mike Bartlett. "By the next morning all 11 wanted to do this and the parents were behind it. We would've liked to have won tonight but they will remember this long after baseball. It's going to be awesome."
Blackman's Jacob Jones turned in a stellar performance on the mound for the complete-game shutout, recording three strikeouts on only one walk and three hits.
"It seemed like everything was working tonight," said Jones. "My guys behind me, Connor Williamson making plays in the middle, Mateo Lozano at third keeping it down. The first hit made me a little angry but I got over it. We are just out here to have fun and play ball. We tried to play this like a championship game against a quality team but also had to prepare for Friday, and I think we did grab some momentum."
Peyton Milan had a huge night at the plate for the Blaze, going 4 for 5 with two singles, two doubles, two RBIs and produced two runs by way of pinch runners.
"I wasn't trying to do anything special," said Milan. "Just kept going up there looking for a good fastball to hit, and that's what I got. I stuck to our team approach of gap to gap and battle at the plate. After them celebrating on our field last week we came with the intent of celebrating on theirs, and we played a good game so that's what happened."
Blackman took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Michael Chuba, who was hit by a pitch, came around to score on an RBI single by Derick Junker.
The Blaze added two more in the top of the fifth when Peyton Milam drove in Williamson with a double down the left field line. That brought in Brandon Rooney in relief for Stewarts Creek starter Daniel Freeman. Pinch runner Kobe Burks then scored on an RBI single by Zavien Lindsey.
Blackman sent eight batters to the plate in the top of the sixth as they exploded for three more runs, pushing their lead to 6-0.
Central Magnet 11
Signal Mountain 9
The Tigers cruised out to a 7-0 lead, but actually had to rally for a wild 11-9 victory to reach Friday's sectional game at home against Chattanooga Central.
Signal Mountain overcame the seven-run deficit to take an 8-7 lead, but Central scored two in the fifth inning and two in the six and held on for the victory to win the Region 4-AA title for the third time in the last five years.
Dylan Jenkins started on the hill for the Tigers, but Patrick Norman closed the deal by allowing just one earned run and pitching 3 1/3 innings for the victory.
Dyland Jenkins and Wes Duffield had two hits and two RBIs each, while Caden Locum and Joey Hughes had two hits each as well.
Central's James Touchton, who picked up the win in the region semis, will be available Friday, as well No. 2 starter Chris Johnson.