Sigh of relief: CAHS survives wild Game 1, 8-7

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ST. CROIX - Charlotte Amalie High School senior J'Moi Smith scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning of the Chickenhawks' 8-7 win in Game 1 of the IAA Territorial Varsity Baseball Championship Series on Friday night at D.C. Canegata Ballpark.

CAHS took a 6-4 lead in the seventh inning, but the Barracudas rallied with two runs in the bottom half to force the extra inning. Complex stranded 11 runners, but managed to push two across to tie the score at the end of regulation.

CAHS senior reliever Shaquan Webster struck out Complex outfielder Jelan Weeks to pick up the win and leave two Barracudas on base. Game 2 is at 4 p.m. today. If Complex wins, Game 3 will follow 30 minutes later.

"It was a tough game for my team," Webster said. "But we found a way to overcome the battle."

CAHS coach Kenny Todman and assistant coach Dana Richardson were ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a call with umpire Thorvald McIntosh. Neither McIntosh nor the first base umpire had a good angle for a tag at third base on Complex junior Raymond Sankitts, who was clearly out in a rundown.

Todman acknowledged that he cursed at McIntosh, but expressed frustration at what he considers a slight toward his program each time it plays on St. Croix. Thorvald said coaches cannot behave in such a manner, especially in front of the players because it sets a bad example.

St. Croix senior reliever Ian Lewis was charged with the loss. The host team was led by junior Stephan Walwyn, who finished 1-for-5 but drove in four runs, including two on a double in the fifth inning to give his team a 4-2 lead.

"St. Thomas hit when they were supposed to hit," Complex coach Ellerton Maynard said. "They came through when they're supposed to be hitting the ball. That's ball game."

CAHS 8, Complex 7

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