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White County earns state playoff berth with win against Creekview
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CLEVELAND — The White County baseball team entered Friday night’s game against Creekview one win away from making the program’s second appearance in the state playoffs.

Behind one injured star and one sick one, the Warriors (17-6, 12-5 Region 7-AAA) left the game with a 4-1 win against Creekview, a second Class AAA state playoff appearance and a school record for most wins in a season.

“Anytime you get to the state playoffs it’s exciting for the kids,” said White County coach John Brown. “We did a great job tonight; it was just a good ballgame all the way around.”

Junior pitcher David Sosebee, who broke his hand in a game against Johnson on Mar. 31, went the distance for the Warriors, striking out 10 while allowing only four hits.

Junior Luke Crumley, who ran a fever the entire game while suffering from a stomach bug, led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with a home run.

“David did a great job today,” said John Brown. “He had such command of his pitches.

“As far as Luke’s concerned, he said he wanted to go and we couldn’t stop him,” he continued. “That’s the type of player he is though, he’s so competitive.

“Most of the kids on this team are like that though.”

White County scored all four of its runs in the first two innings, spearheaded by Crumley’s homer to right in the bottom of the first.

After Sosebee struck out the Creekview (17-6, 13-3) side in the top of the second, the Warriors picked up right where Crumley left off.

Cole Segraves and Cody Ansley hit back-to-back singles to start the frame and scored on a double by Hayden Cummings.
Segraves and Ansley both finished the game 2-for-3 while Cummings finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Also leading the Warriors at
the plate was designated hitter Brett Westmoreland who was 2-for-2 on the night.

Marcus Rider batted after Cummings and brought him home on a single, giving Sosebee all the run support he needed.

“When we put David or Luke on the mound, our team steps it up because they have such confidence in them,” Brown said. “We felt David going today would be our best bet to win and get to state.

“It proved to be the right decision.”

The Grizzlies, who will play at Chestatee at 5:55 p.m. Monday and then play at Gainesville for the Region 7-AAA championship at 7 p.m. Wednesday, managed to get a run on the board in the fourth.

Christian Van Camp, who was also the losing pitcher for Creekview, hit a double and then scored when the next batter, Jakob Nixon, hit a single.

Van Camp, Nixon, Steven Whitaker and A.J. Johnson each got a hit on the night for Creekview.

White County returns to action at 5:55 Wednesday when it plays host to West Forsyth.
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