Westmoreland was chosen to play at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field and Sycamore was the lucky team that was scheduled as the opponent for the game, so both teams traveled to Nashville for a taste of a Southeastern Conference stadium.
The War Eagles rallied to win 3-2.
“This is our first time here,” Sycamore coach Matt Carrigan said. “This is something that we may not be able to do every year, but we will try to get every few years so each rotation of kids can get this experience. They chose Westmoreland, and we came out on the good end of that, not having to travel all the way to Westmoreland.”
Sycamore’s Blaine McIntosh is a Vanderbilt signee.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for not only me but a bunch of guys to get seen (by scouts), there are a bunch of people up in the stands watching and you never know who’s up there,” McIntosh said. “This is the best place to come play a great game.”
War Eagles’ starting pitcher J.J. Ivey also said he enjoyed the experience.
“This is an unbelievable experience,” Ivey said. “Most of us won’t ever get to do that again. It’s pretty great that I get to come out and play on this beautiful field.”
Sycamore jumped on the board first in the top of the first inning but Westmoreland came back to take the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Jared McCoy tied the game with a run-scoring single and Trevor Thomason helped Sycamore take the lead with a bunt.
Ivey pitched six innings for Sycamore, striking out eight batters and holding Westmoreland to only two runs. Bryan Ramirez came in with a runner on first base in the seventh inning and got the save.
McIntosh led Sycamore with a four-hit game and stole two bases. Noah Jolley had the other RBI for Sycamore.