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'Toppers, Cyclones, Bucs fall in state baseball openers

From staff reports • May 22, 2019 at 1:36 AM

MURFREESBORO — Summit scored four runs in the final inning to beat Science Hill 7-3 in the opening round of the TSSAA Class AAA baseball playoffs at Siegel High School on Tuesday.

Science Hill (27-13) led most of the way until a tying run by the Spartans in the fifth inning. The game fell apart in the top of the seventh when Summit (27-11) broke loose with four runs.

The Hilltoppers were credited with three errors on the TSSAA official score sheet. The first one in the outfield cost them two third-inning runs.

Science Hill will face Bartlett, a 4-2 loser to Farragut, in an elimination game Wednesday at 11 a.m. The winner will play in another elimination game at 6 p.m.

Blake Money, a 6-foot-6 right-hander who has committed to LSU, pitched a complete game for the Spartans. He finished with 10 strikeouts.

Coach Ryan Edwards opted to pull Science Hill starting pitcher Landon Slemp after five innings with his pitch count at 71. Garrett Gleason, Drew Honeycutt and Dustin Eatmon all threw in relief.

Slemp finished with three runs allowed — only one earned — off two hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Freshman Jack Torbett went 2-for-3 and drove in all of Science Hill’s runs. Matthew Levi, Slemp and Conner Hyatt had the other hits for the Hilltoppers.


Nolensville 2, Elizabethton 1

MURFREESBORO — Nolensville scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Cyclones.

With runners on first and second and one out, Carson Robble grounded to pitcher Lawson Wagner, who cut down the lead runner at third base. Trying to turn it into an inning-ending double play, the throw to first base got away and Jackson Hill scored.

Ashton Wilson scored on an error in the third for the Cyclones’ run. Starting pitcher Matthew Dailey worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, one earned. He walked four and struck out six.

Nolensville starter Reece Milam allowed only two hits and one run, unearned, with two walks and six strikeouts. He carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning until Evan Carter broke it up with a single.

Elizabethton (26-9) will play in the losers’ bracket Wednesday at 11 a.m. against Pigeon Forge (27-8). Nolensville will play Covington, a 6-3 winner over Pigeon Forge, in the winners’ bracket.


Trinity Christian 10, University High 2

MURFREESBORO — The Lions swung away to push the Bucs (25-14) into the tournament losers’ bracket.

“They can swing it, throughout the whole lineup,” said University High coach Josh Petty.

University High will take on Loretto (31-6) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Trinity (35-3) advanced to the winners’ bracket final against Franklin Grace.




Summertown 13, Unaka 0

MURFREESBORO — The defending champion Lady Eagles scored in each of the first four innings — including a 10-spot in the fourth — to make quick work of the Lady Rangers in the opening round at Starplex Field.

Kaley Campbell no-hit Unaka, striking out 12 of the 16 batters she faced. She was a walk away from a perfect game.

Unaka (24-22) slipped into the losers’ bracket and will play Gibson County (23-19) in an elimination game Wednesday at 11 a.m. Summertown (35-5) will play Sale Creek (30-8) in the winners’ bracket semifinals.



Brentwood 4, Science Hill 0

MURFREESBORO — The Hilltoppers fell in their first boys state tennis appearance since 2010.

Playing at Old Fort Park, Isaac Johnson at No. 3 singles was leading his first set against the Bruins’ Ethan Ly 5-1 before losing 7-6 (6), 6-4. Likewise, Grady Owen at No. 5 singles fell 7-5, 6-4 in a close match to James Smith.

Griffen Nickels, the Hilltoppers’ No. 1 player, was tied 6-4, 4-6, 1-1 with Brentwood’s Donovan Janicek in the third set when they were pulled off the court at the overall match’s conclusion.