Student-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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