GALLATIN - The Station Camp Bison baseball team continues to make school history.
Monday night, the Bison etched No. 28 in the win column, defeating Clarksville 8-2, while also securing a spot in Wednesday night’s Region 5-AAA Championship game.
The victory against the Wildcats means that no matter the result of Wednesday, Station Camp has earned the right to play for a shot in Murfreesboro in the sectional round against either Independence or Summit.
“We’ve got it going in the right direction,” Station Camp coach Korey Heppeard said of the culture of his program. “The players have bought in to what we want to do and they what we are asking of them. They have turned this program into a culture. We are going to do it a certain way because this is the successful way and they have proven that so far.”
Station Camp (28-11) sophomore pitcher Chase Burns proved himself yet again on the mound for the Bison throwing five complete innings, striking out six batters and giving up just three hits.
Senior Brady Harris came on in relief for Burns in the top of the sixth, throwing just 20 pitches and recording three strikeouts for the save.
“Chase did what we needed him to do tonight,” Heppeard said. “Him being so young and for him to get us through five innings was what we wanted. We decided to take the ball from him because he set us up for success and there was no reason to give him the loss. We want to keep him successful so we wanted to get him out of there.”
Harris also led Station Camp at the plate going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and one walk.
After taking a 3-2 lead in the home half of the fourth inning on a Harris RBI to score Kalen Puckett, Station Camp put the game on ice in the sixth inning scoring six runs on a bevy of Clarksville errors and miscues.
Starting off the inning with three straight bunts to load the bags, Garrett Liles drove in Harris with a deep fly to center field before a bases-loaded walk scored sophomore Ryan Ginther for the 5-2 advantage.
Senior Zach Boze scored on the next at-bat and Hunter Lautzenheiser and Blake Butler added the final two runs of the game on a Wildcat defensive error.
Harris retired the side in the top of the seventh to seal the victory for the Bison.
With the win, Station Camp will welcome in Hendersonville on Wednesday night for the Region 5-AAA title game. The game will be the third time the two programs play each other in 2019 with each team taking one with apiece.
“We are familiar with one another but this time of year it comes down to who stands 12 inches higher and who throws strikes and can get guys out,” Heppeard said. “The region championship is important and we definitely want to win that game but the next game is more important. As long as we worry about playing our brand of baseball I like where we are headed.”
Station Camp has yet to name a starter for Wednesday night’s championship game.