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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.

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14-Brycen Thomas Blasts A 2R Homer to Deep Center Field Some 400 ft.

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.

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22 Zach King Entered The Game in The Fourth!

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.

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3 Josh Wilkinson With The Perfect Tag!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23 Brenon Sanders Tossing The Ball To Second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23 Brenon Sanders Taking A Tumble. CPA’s 21 Jacob Webster Called Out & Hitter as Well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Brycen Bringing IT!

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Brycen Thomas Met at Home After HR!

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5 Matt Wilson SCORES! Raiders WIN!!!

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C E L E B R A T I O N!!!!

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The “HARDWARE”!

 

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23-Matthew Joslin Pounding The Baseball!

A three-run homer in the first inning by Matthew Joslin kickstarted Spring Hill’s offense as they cruise to an easy 13-3 win over the Bulldogs of Milan. With the victory the Raiders earned a berth into the 2016 TSSAA Class AA Championship against CPA. The Lions defeated Chester Co. 3-2 to punch their ticket.

In the upper bracket final Thursday Spring Hill seemed to have their way with Bulldog pitchers. Starter Mason Holden allowed 6 runs on 5 hits in the first three innings. In the second inning Taylor Warwick’s hot bat continued to produce runs for Spring Hill. The junior singled in Brenon Sanders, who was on base after being hit by a pitch.

The Raiders added two runs in the third, one in the fourth and sixth innings. The top of the seventh was big for Spring Hill scoring five runs that pretty much put the game out of reach. Leadoff batter Andy Hale singles, Warwick doubled sending Hale to third. Rodrigo Valadez is hit by a pitch to load’em. With one out Joslin becomes the second batter in the frame to be hit by a pitch which plates Hale, it is 9-2 at that point. The next batter Hunter Warwick smacks a double scoring three more as Warwick, Valadez and Joslin score and it’s 13-2 Spring Hill. Joslin racked up five RBIs on three hits for Spring Hill.

Colton Teal got the win for Spring Hill. He allowed three runs over seven innings. He struck out five, walked two and gave up 10 spoty hits.

The Raiders now face a team they are very familiar with CPA. The Lions beat a stubborn Chester County team scoring late in their game to take the win. The Championship game will start at 2pm at MTSU.

 

In action against CPA this year the Raiders have to upper hand. Spring Hill lost their first meeting back on April 18th and since won three straight over the Lions including the last meeting, a 9-2 Regional Championship at SHHS on May 18th.

UPDATE: Loretto defeated Gordonsville 13-5 in their 2nd game Wednesday to advance to Thursday’s upper bracket semi final. The Mustangs need to win 2 games to move to the TSSAA Class A Championship Game at MTSU. Knoxville Grace faces Jackson Christian in the lower bracket.

The Loretto Mustangs produced only five hits in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Scotts Hill dropping them to a loser’s bracket elimination game vs Gordonsville later in the day. The Lions (2-0) will advance in the winner’s to a re-match with either Loretto or Gordonsville Thursday at 2PM.

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Evan Russell Rounding 3rd after His 2R Homer!

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Russell Being Greeted at Home By His Team!

In the early game the Lions took a 1-0 lead scoring one run on an RBI single by Herbert Carter, which stood until the fifth inning.  Scotts Hill tacked on three more runs in the fifth. A ground out scored Drake Thompson to get Scotts Hill on the board in the inning. That was followed by a Evan Russell’s two-run blast, bringing home Charlie Lowry which turned out to be the game winner.

Loretto managed a run in the sixth. Jacob Laws grounded out to the shortstop scoring Jacob Hallmark from 3B after a double to right, he advanced to 3rd off a single by Ryan Weathers.

Weathers for the most part handled Scotts Hill’s lineup with ease, except for that fifth inning,  racking up 12 strikeouts, allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk over seven innings.

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Sr Thomas Kimmel With The Win!

Thomas Kimmel picked up the win for Scotts Hill. Kimmel allowing one earned run, five hits and three walks while striking out four in seven innings of work.

Loretto faces Gordonsville at 5PM in the upper bracket elimination game. The winner will face the Scotts Hill Lions again Thursday 2PM and will have to win back to back games to advance to the Class-A Championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith, Jr. Field Friday at 11:00am.

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Vanderbilt Signee Zach King Continues To Shine On The Mound!

UPDATE: Spring Hill waiting in the wings to see who they will play at 2pm Thursday. The Milan/Murfreesboro Central game was halted in the top of the seventh tied 4-4 because of a downpour and will resume Thursday at noon with the winner advancing to play the Raiders at 2pm.

The Spring Hill Raiders (2-0) are right where they want to be, one win away fro the TSSAA Class AA Championship game. On Wednesday SHHS got five-dominating-innings from their ace Zach King. King held the Tigers scoreless as he recorded 7 strikeouts early in the first 3 innings. The Raider offense got on the board in the first. Taylor Warwick leads off the frame hit by a pitch and later steals second and moves to third on a wild pitch. He would score on a line-drive single by Austin Dunston and SHHS led 1-0 after the first.

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Junior 14-Brycen Thomas

In the third Warwick would get into the action again. Andy Hale reaches on a walk, Warwick takes first on a fielders choice as he bunts the ball back to the pitcher trying to move Hale to second, but Hale is thrown out on the play. With one on two outs Brycen Thomas doubles to RF plating Warwick and the Raiders were up 2-0. In the fourth Spring Hill’s first two batters were retired. With two outs Brady Johnson walks followed by a base-on-balls to Andy Hale. The Raiders ended up stranding two runners as Taylor Warwick flies out.

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Sr 22 Zach King

The last bit of scoring came from Spring Hill in the fifth as they plate two more. With one out Brycen Thomas singles and Shaun Ballard comes in to run for Thomas. Matthew Joslin walks. Still only one out, Hunter Whitwell steps in and delivers a two-base line-drive to left scoring Ballard and moving Joslin to third. 3-0 Raiders. Josh Wilkinson ground out to short and now with two down Brenon Sanders singles a hard grounder to RF scoring Joslin and the Raiders led 4-0.

Zach King is relieved in the fifth by Brycen Thomas, who went the final two innings allowing NO hits, walking one and fanning three.

With the win Spring Hill is in the drives seat waiting to see who they will play next. It’ll be either the Tigers of Murfreesboro Central or the Bulldogs of Milan.

 

 

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Laws rounds 3rd base following his 2R Game Ending HR.

The Loretto Mustangs made a big statement in their first ever TSSAA Spring Fling State Tournament game.

The statement, we came to play and we have hitters. The Mustangs cranked out 12 hits in their 6th inning walkoff 11-1 win. The hero junior Jacob Laws. Laws connected on the second Mustangs homer, this one ended the contest and propelled them into the winner bracket final Wednesday 12:30 at Middle Tennessee Christian School.

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Weathers 2R Shot!

The Tigers held a short lived lead 1-0 in the first inning as Bryce Burke singles in Walker Malone. The Mustangs tied the game in the second. Cole Chandler doubles and the next batter Jake Jackson drives in Chandler and the game was tied. Loretto scored 6 on 4 hits in the third on a two-run home run by Ryan Weathers plating Jacob Hallmark. A two-run single by Cole Chandler and a groundout by Jake Jackson also plated Chandler. A missed-played ball off the bat of Drew King allow a run to cross and Loretto lead 7-1. The Mustangs would also score 2 runs in fourth and sixth to take the victory. Jacob Laws kept contact to a minimum, striking out nine Meigs Co. batters. Jacob Laws allowed one earned run, three hits and one walk over five innings. Kendall Franklin, Weathers, Jacob Laws and Chandler helped lead Loretto. They combined for seven hits and six RBIs. Brantly Baker took the loss for Meigs Co. He allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings & walked one.

TSNSports spoke to Mustang Head Coach Gary Lamm…

Loretto now will face Scotts Hill a 11-2 winner over Gordonsville Wednesday at 12:30.

 

Spring Hill Raiders Open Spring Fling With A Win!

The Milan Bulldogs in their third visit to Murfreesboro found themselves up one over the Raiders of Spring Hill through three innings as they plated a run on junior pitcher Gage Gillian, winner of the 2016 TBCA Mr Football Award, but their success was short-lived.

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Andy Hale’s 3R Homer to Right Field!

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Hale’s Welcoming Committee At Home Following 3R Homer in 3rd Inning!

Trailing 1-0 in the third and with two runner on base Andy Hale sent a Lance Walker pitch over the right field fence giving the Raiders a 3-1 lead, a lead Spring Hill would not relinquished.

Spring Hill got the win thanks in large part to Gage Gillian’s dominant, 11-strikeout performance. Gillian allowed one earned run, three hits and three walks over five innings. Spring Hill closer Brycen Thomas put away the final six outs to record the save.

The Raiders also added a run in the sixth and seventh innings in posting the win. Milan scored its only run of the game on a single by Walker in the third inning.

Spring Hill will play Murfreesboro Central, a 3-2 winner over Greenville in 10 innings, Wednesday at 12:30. You can follow the play of these teams or any team by clicking HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

TSSAAStudent-athletes from across Tennessee will make their journey to Murfreesboro, if they are so lucky, to compete in the annual TSSAA Spring Fling State Tournament. Teams will come from far and wide playing in five sports including baseball, softball, tennis, soccer and track & field.

Southern middle Tennessee is well represented with four baseball and two softball teams. Action begins on Tuesday May 24 and will culminate at MTSU for many on Friday May 27.

In baseball, the Mustangs of Loretto (37-7) will make a long-awaited trip to the Boro. First-round play pits them against Meigs Co. (23-10). Loretto has won 21 of their last 25 games since dropping a 7-1 decision to Forrest in the Riverdale Warrior Classic on April 2. Speaking of Forrest, the Rockets are also headed to the state. They’ll face Jackson Christian (29-12) on Tuesday. Both teams are at different locations. Loretto will play at Middle Tennessee Christian School while Forrest will see action at Riverdale.

Spring Hill is back for the 6th time in 7 years. The Raiders (29-8) in my opinion will have the best pitching rotation for a championship run. The Raiders will play Milan (27-11-1) out of west Tennessee Tuesday 6:30 at Smyrna High School. They are joined by Murfreesboro Central and Greenville in the upper bracket. (CPA/Upperman and CAK/Chester Co. in lower bracket)

When you speak about the Raiders pitching, everyone takes notice. That small school in one of Tennessee’s fastest-growing cities has made its mark in sending kids off to Division I colleges to continue their baseball careers. This year IS no different.  The Raiders have senior Zach King 6’6″ 185 a Vanderbilt signee and junior Gage Gillian 6’2″ 165 undecided on his next team so far. King has power and control. And is a  2015 Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association all-state selection and District 12 Player of The Year. Gillian posted great numbers too. He is 7-0 and has a 1.60 ERA. These two guys could propel Spring Hill deep into the Class-AA bracket.

In Class AAA Summit makes the trip to Murfreesboro behind the stellar performance by hurler Chris McElvain. The 6’0″ 160 lb. senior  is the District 11-AAA Pitcher of The Year with an ERA of 0.53 and finished the season with a 6-0 record. McElvain is also a Vanderbilt commit. The Spartans (32-5) will open the state tournament against Siegel (29-8) Tuesday 4Pm at Siegel High School.

In softball Class-A 2015 champions Forrest makes a return to the state to defend their title. The Rockets beat Columbia Academy Saturday 9-5 to advance. FHS ( 28-9) will face Huntingdon (35-8) on Tuesday 4pm at McKnight #3 field. The Summertown Lady Eagles (27-12-1) are back as they play Scotts Hill (28-15) on Starplex #4 at 4pm as well.

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