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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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Brycen Thomas (3-3) 1st of 3 RBI’s. 2R

The Raiders of Spring Hill is a team that expects to make the annual venture to the TSSAA Spring Fling in Murfreesboro, but after being denied that feat last year, this year’s team had it clearly marked in their mind. Friday night SHHS continued to turn heads. Hosting rival Lipscomb Academy before a large crowd the Raiders came with senior Zach King on the mound and their hot bats once again struck early and often.

Leadoff batter Taylor Warwick reached on an error by shortstop Jake Woodard in the Raiders first at bat.  He advanced to second on an attempted
pickoff play by pitcher Addison McNeely. The ball got away from first baseman Chadler Gant and Warwick was in scoring position. With one out Brycen Thomas drove the ball off the right-center field fence scoring Warwick for a 1-0 lead.

In the second the Raiders add another run. Brenon Sanders singles, Brady Johnson reaches on a throwing error to first that would also score Sanders. The second frame ended with Spring Hill up 2-0 on the Mustangs.

Zach King-5IP, 0 runs, 2H, 1BB, 7SO

Zach King-5IP, 0 runs, 2H, 1BB, 7SO

Zach King showed his power in the top of the third striking out the side. King ended the night fanning seven. But in the Raiders third King’s teammates padded his lead even more. Warwick starts the inning drawing a walk, Austin Dunston singles moving Warwick to third. (Dunston would play a key role later in the contest) With runners at first and third Brycen Thomas singles, his 2nd straight hit, plating Warwick, 3-0 Raiders. With two on, Matthew Joslin plasters the right-center field fence scoring Dunston and the fans were all feeling a 2nd straight rout was beginning to take form. On the play Thomas moved to 3rd and Joslin was at 1st. Still no outs in the inning the Mustangs pulled their starter on the mound McNeely and Chadler Gant was called on to try to slow down the Raiders’ attack. That did not happen. The first batter for Gant was Hunter Whitwell. The center fielder connected for an RBI single scoring Thomas (5-0) Raiders at the end of three.

 

Spring Hill  pounded out three hits in the fourth plating four giving the Raiders a 9-0 lead at that point. In the fifth SHHS was surely looking to end
the Mustangs’ night early. You see the Raiders had some seniors who were playing ball while their classmates graduated in the school’s gymnasium. They were going to take the walk on the diamond and everything  fell into place. With one-out and runner at third Austin Dunston stepped to the plate and looped a bloop single over the third baseman’s head scoring the winning run.

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Austin Dunston singles in the winning run. (3-4) 3 RBI’s 2R

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The Raiders win in five blanking Lipscomb Academy 10-0 sending Spring Hill back to Murfreesboro for the sixth time in seven years. Spring Hill finished the game with 10 runs on 14 hits.

Class A

Alex Brewer Forrest High School
Scott Lentz Columbia Academy
Bryce Giles Summertown High School

Class AA

David Bates Christ Presbyterian Academy
Gage Gillian Spring Hill High School
Cooper Mays Hickman Co. High School

Class AAA

Ryder Green Hardin Valley High School
Jacob Key Siegel High School
Zach Linginfelter Sevier Co. High School

Division II A

Ryan Rolison University School of Jackson
Jake Criswell Harding Academy
Logan Carey University School of Jackson

Division II AA

Quinn Smith McCallie School
Ben Brooks John Paul II
Weston Bizzle Christian Brothers High School

The winners will be announced Tuesday, May 24 at 11 a.m. on MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field prior to the start of Spring Fling.

2016 NJCAA Baseball Bracket Finals

The Spring Hill Raiders showed a lot of resilience Wednesday night in a game that started slow for the home team, but changed in the blink of an eye. Raider starting pitcher Colton Teal fought through two innings giving up two CPA runs, but kept the game close. The Lions got on the board first in the in the 1st frame. In the second Spring Hill’s Josh Wilkinson singles with two outs. The next three batters, Brenon Sanders, Brady Johnson and Andy Hale all reached a base-on-balls. Hale’s free base scored Wilkinson and the score was 2-1 Lions.

The entry of Brycen Thomas, relieving Teal on the mound,  pretty much shutdown the CPA offense and the Raiders forth and fifth innings would have heads turning. In the fourth Wilkinson singles with one out. Sanders is hit by a pitch followed by an error allowing Johnson to reach to load the bases.

DSC09904Then you talk about timely hitting. Taylor Warwick (2-3 5 RBI’s)  doubles in two and another bases loaded HBP plates a run. After four it was now Spring Hill taking the lead 5-2. In the fifth, Warwick exploded again. With bases jammed he smashes one to the gap, clearing the pads for a 9-2 lead. DSC09961

And the action played out just as you would draw it up, a game-ending double play hit back to Thomas on the mound. He would turn and toss it to Sanders covering second who relayed it to first to end the game.  The Raiders will now play host to Lipscomb Academy Friday at 6:30. The Mustangs lost to Sycamore 4-2 in Reg.5.

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TSNSports spoke with SHHS Head Coach Paul Lamm about his teams come from behind victory.

 

Spring Hill with Wednesday’s win captured their 4th Regional Championship. On Friday they’ll be gunning for their 6th state tournament appearance.