The Spring Hill Raiders captured its first TSSAA Class AA State Championship Friday defeating the defending state champion Christ Presbyterian Academy 14-4 at Reese Smith Jr Field on the campus of MTSU.
Leading the way for the Raiders was junior Brycen Thomas who lacked a single to hit for the cycle. Thomas hit a towering 400′ home run in the third, a two-bagger in the fourth and a triple in the fifth. He finished the game 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s. Taylor Warwick went 3 for 3 with three-runs scored and Josh Wilkinson was also 3 for 3 with an RBI.
CPA went up 3-1 in the third inning, but in the Raiders bottom of the third they plated three runs to take a brief lead 4-3. The Lions tied the game in the fourth and Spring Hill answered again with four runs of their own to take the lead for good 8-4. SHHS added four more in the fifth to go up 12-4 and the team began to taste the championship.
The Lions went scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings and the Raiders where looking to end the game an inning early. That’s what happened. In the sixth With two quick outs Brenon Sanders singles to right field. Brady Johnson follows with a single to center. On the play Sanders moves to second. Matt Wilson enters the game as a pitch-runner for Johnson. Andy Hale then singles to center scoring Sanders and the Raiders led 13-4.
Spring Hill got the win on an error by the Lions pitcher scoring Matt Wilson for the victory in six 14-4.
Lions starting pitcher David Bates, a junior Vanderbilt commitment, worked just 3-1/3 innings, surrendering seven runs off nine hits while striking out three. Raider junior hurler Gage Gillian TBCA Mr Baseball Award winner looked shaky from the start giving up the three runs.
He would give way to Vanderbilt signee Zach King and Brycen Thomas. King worked the fourth and fifth innings giving up one run on a couple of hits, Thomas, in the sixth retired the side 1,2,3 fanning two. The Raiders (33-8) finished the season with a powerful hitting performance racking up 14 runs on 16 hits. Their three pitchers held CPA to only four runs on six hits. In the teams last two meetings Spring Hill outscored the Lions 23-6.