Oakland baseball takes three-game sweep over La Vergne

Oakland’s Luke Vinson slides into second base ahead of the tag. JIM DAVIS

Oakland's baseball team picked up two District 7-AAA wins over La Vergne Wednesday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep of the Wolverines.

The Patriots pitched consecutive shutouts during the Wednesday’s double header. Seth Henson hurled a complete-game, seven-strikeout performance in a Game 1 6-0 win. Josh McGowan pitched four innings of scoreless baseball in a 4-0 game-two decision.

“Pitching was great for us today,” Oakland head coach Mack Hawks said. “(Henson) did what we expect out of him, and (McGowan) did an excellent job starting when we typically use him in relief.”

Oakland pieced a barrage of doubles through the middle innings of Game 1 to overwhelm La Vergne with four consecutive doubles from Dalton Davis, Eric Swan, Colton Morrow and Josh McGowan, respectively. The hitting attack plated three runs for the Patriots in the fourth. Henson's RBI double in the fifth inning extended a 5-0 lead, and Davis scored Henson for a sixth run on a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

“We do not have any big fly guys," Henson said. "It is important for us to just stay in our game and get those timely hits when we need them."

The Patriots were the beneficiaries of five Wolverine errors in Game 2.  

Luke Vinson stayed hot at the plate with a RBI double in the third inning. Vinson finished the afternoon 4-for-8 with two runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.

Henson tallied his second RBI of the afternoon with a fifth-inning double. The senior finished 2-for-6 with a pair of doubles.

“It feels good to come out a get a sweep of your own,” Henson said of bouncing back from a three-game series loss to Blackman. “Last week was tough, but we played our game (this series) and executed what our coaches were telling us.”

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