Walters State went undefeated in four games this past week and secured the 2019 TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Championship at Dave Hall Field on the campus of Columbia State Community College. With the championship, they will host Region XVII Champion Gordon State College (GA) in a best of three series for the East Central District Championship to qualify for the NJCAA Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
The Senators started the tournament with a 9-2 win over Volunteer on Monday. A six run fourth inning by Walters built a 7-0 lead on their way to victory. Walters had 15 hits led by Brayden Combs with three hits with two singles and a double to go with 2 RBIs. Drew Haynie, Jerry Hammons, Braydon Runion, and Mason Streater each had two hits in the game. Runion had a home run to go with 3 RBIs. Haynie and Bryce Hodge each had two RBIs. The Senators used five pitchers in the game with Zebby Matthews getting the start and going five innings for the win. He gave up two hits with three strikeouts.
Walters next game was a high scoring affair against Chattanooga as they prevailed 17-9 over the Tigers. The Senators would lead 10-9 going into the bottom of the sixth. they would plate seven runs over the next three innings for the win. They had 21 hits led by JL Bland with four hits and 5 RBIs. Xavier Arnette also had four hits to with 4 RBIs. Hammons and Hodge each haad three hits with Streater also getting multiple hits with two. Blake Petty would get the win in relief while Andrew Lindsey was credited with a four inning save.
The Senators faced the surprise of the tourney in 7 seed Jackson State in the winner's bracket final. They would build a 7-0 lead before the Generals scored single runs in the 8th and 9th inning on the way to 7-2 Walters victory. Hodge had four hits in the Senators 10 hit attack. He also had 3 RBIs and a home run in the contest. Haynie and Hammons each had two hits, and Bland had 2 RBIs. Cory Stone went eight innings for the win. He gave up tow hits and two earned runs to go with 10 strikeouts.
Jackson would prevail over Dyersburg on Thursday after a long rain delay. That would push the championship game(s) to Friday. It took only one game as Walters would previal 4-1 in the championship game. The Senators managed only six hits on the day with Michael Robinson the only player with multiple hits with two singles. He would also drive in three runs. Combs had the other RBI contest. Matthews got his second start of the tournament and went eight innings for the win. He allowed four hits and one earned run to go with 7 strikeouts.
Based on his two starts, Matthews was awarded with the Most Valuable Player Award for the week.