Blue Ridge boys varsity baseball team rallies to beat Cherokee in walk-off win

Trailing 5-9 in the 4th inning, things were looking bleak for the Blue Ridge Early College boys varsity baseball team on Tuesday at home against Cherokee. However, the Bobcats would not accept defeat so easily despite a four-run deficit and frigid conditions on the field. After a run in both the 5th and 6th innings, BREC rallied and scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win.

“The boys never gave up and played excellent defense the second half of the game,” said BREC Head Coach Jason Watson. “Some players who struggled hitting the first couple of games came through with hits today.”

BREC Braden Collins leads off on base against Cherokee on Tuesday. Blue Ridge rallied and came back for the win in the bottom of the 7th inning.

BREC trailed 8-9 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Braden Collins hit the ball and Cherokee fumbled to make the play, the error pocketed two runs for the Bobcats ending the game with Blue Ridge on top 10-9.

“I thought we played well, but we still have some stuff to work on,” said Collins.

With multiple runners on base, BREC Carter Ferrin keeps his cool and tears it up on the mound against Cherokee on Tuesday.

Watson said they’ve been working on consistency at the mound and BREC Carter Ferrin did just that by bringing the heat and striking out five batters. Ferrin said they played well and earned the victory.

“I thought it was a great game, we had some errors to start with, but we made up for it in the end and came back to win,” said Ferrin. “The start of the game was a little rough, but after we got our kinks out we played good and I’m proud of how no one on the team gave up with it being so cold and us being down.”

BREC Johnathan Jennings closed the game with a save against Cherokee at home on Tuesday.

Ferrin was followed by Jonathan Jennings on the mound who closed the game with a save, facing 12 batters; walking 1, striking out 2, and allowing 1 hit.

“I think we played decent, we had a few errors that we need to fix,” said Jennings. “We need to improve our fielding and hit the ball more. And, we need to be more focused on the game even if it’s freezing cold!”

BREC Colton Taylor scores one for Blue Ridge against Cherokee on Tuesday.

Jennings is recovering from an injured shoulder and is pitching with some limitations, but he’s working through it and doing what’s necessary to heal.

“My arm is doing good, some days are better than other days, today was a good day,” he said. “But we played good, we just need to start really clicking and start playing ball.”

The Bobcats hit the road to take on Andrews today at 4:30 p.m.

BREC Jacob Pressler sizes up the competition and gets set to bat against Cherokee.

BREC Mason Baumgarner plants his feet ready to take the charge if the ball makes it in time.

BREC boys varsity baseball team takes a minute to regroup and focus, eventually walking away with the win against Cherokee at home.

BREC Carter Watson shakes off the umpire’s call and gets ready for the next pitch.

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