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By ZACH BIRDSONG
Tullahoma pitcher Justus Sheffield had a night to remember on Monday, tossing a no-hitter against Franklin County.
The hurler struck out 15 batters and only gave up two walks in the Wildcats’ 5-0 victory at home over the Rebels.
The Tullahoma offense got things going in the bottom of the second inning, plating one run.
Senior Justin Brown singled with one out in the frame and later advanced to third base after senior Alex Butaud picked up a hit and senior Trey Burks walked. Brown went on to score later in the inning on a balk by Franklin County pitcher Matthew Baskette.
The scoring didn’t stop there for the Wildcats as they continued to build on the lead, adding three runs in the bottom of the third.
Senior Dalton Davis and Sheffield, a junior, opened the frame with walks. Sophomore Riley Darden then came into pinch run for Sheffield. Davis later scored in the inning on a passed ball and Darden scored after senior Van Williams reached on an error. Junior Tyler Burns added a single before the inning ended, scoring Williams.
Tullahoma added its final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Burks and senior Zach Lampkin reached base on singles to open the inning. Davis reached base on a fielder’s choice, that allowed Burks to advance to third, but Lampkin was thrown out at second. Davis was caught trying to steal second, but on the throw-down, Burks was able to score.
Baskette took the loss for Franklin County. In two innings of work on the mound, Baskette allowed one run and three hits while striking out two batters.
Zach Smith came into pitch for relief, tossing two innings. Smith gave up four runs, three earned, and three hits while striking out one hitter. Martin Hill came into pitch the last of the game for the Rebels, tossing a perfect two innings while striking out three.
Tullahoma wraps up the series against Franklin County on the road today. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.