Fans wrapped in blankets and huddled up close to portable heaters made Friday night’s game between Hendersonville High School and White House Heritage feel a little like a late October Friday night instead of a springtime baseball game.
As both teams battled the cold conditions, the Commandos used a platoon of pitchers and had seven batters record one hit each. The hits, along with five White House Heritage errors, helped lift Hendersonville to a 7-2 win Friday night at Drakes Creek Park.
“Ty Edwards, a left-hander, pitched good last Friday night when we played here and he deserved another start, so we gave it to him,” Hendersonville Head Coach Mike Hendrix said. “We wanted to tune up for Tuesday and Wednesday this week and have everybody ready.”
Jacob Sheley would get the win for the Commandos on the mound with Cole Nycz, Theron Lee and Zac Dumas all putting in work out of the bullpen to help nail down the victory.
Hendersonville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after two early White House errors put runners on first and third base. Joe Dalton then stepped to the plate for an RBI single, driving in Torin Baker from third. Hayes Pfaffman added the next run as White House attempted to tag out Hendersonville’s Lawson Alder in a run-down between first and second base.
“We didn’t come to compete,” White House Heritage Head Coach Chris Logsdon said. “We played earlier today, played hard and got beat. Then we came over here and I don’t feel like we put our best product on the field.”
The team was coming off a difficult 9-8 loss at East Robertson on a walk-off in the last inning earlier in the day and then drove straight to Hendersonville for the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Despite the tough loss earlier in the day, routine plays still needed to be made, Logsdon added.
“If you make the routine plays, then you can try to make the special plays, but if you’re not making the routine plays, the rest of it doesn’t really matter,” he said. “We lost by five, had five errors and that pretty much answers itself right there.”
White House Heritage made a push in the top of the third, with a pair of runs to tie the game 2-2. Braden McFarlin scored on a bang-bang play at the plate, which was followed by an RBI single from Cooper King to drive in Ty Lopez.
The Commandos seized the momentum in the bottom half of the inning by scoring three runs after loading the bases. Alder and Jonathan Odom each had RBI singles to help the Commandos take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Spencer Garner followed up with a run in the fifth inning and Pfaffman finished off the scoring in the sixth.
“We played well at times and we booted it around a little bit at times. We still haven’t played a complete game really this year, from the beginning to the end,” Hendrix said. “We’ve got a tough matchup with Gallatin this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. You know they’re going to come in here Tuesday night ready to kick us in the rear end.”
With early season success, Hendersonville is now turning its attention to those challenging games looming on its schedule, including the Green Wave this week and Mount Juliet in two weeks.
“I think we’ve won 11 games right now, but we struggle it sometimes and hopefully we can start bringing it together,” Hendrix added. “We got to swing the bats a lot better — we take too many fastballs for what I like. We gotta be swinging at those pitches.”
One rough takeaway for the Commandos was the possible loss of Odom to a potential injury. Odom was hurt while running to first base and fell just past the bag in the home half of the fifth inning. Hendrix is uncertain about his status moving forward, but hopes for the best.