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Tullahoma couldn’t manufacture runs when it needed to against Spring Hill.
At Grider Stadium on Friday night, the Wildcats fell behind 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning and never managed to catch up as the visiting Raiders beat Tullahoma 6-3. Tullahoma couldn’t get the timely hit it needed as the Wildcats stranded eight on the basepaths during the contest.
The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Wildcats (17-7 overall, 6-0 District 8-AAA), while Spring Hill (18-3, 10-0 District 12-AA) stretched its current winning streak to seven games.
After Tullahoma took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, the Raiders quickly answered by plating three runs in the top of the fourth. The visitors never trailed after that.
Spring Hill’s Jake Usher started the rally with a one-out single. Taylor Ellis drew a walk and Luke Byler reached on a THS error. A couple of passed balls and a single by J.T. Farmer put the Raiders up 3-1 before the Cats could get out of the inning.
A double by Cody Farr and a single by Van Williams helped Tullahoma score a run and pull to within one, 3-2, in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Spring Hill went right back to work in the fifth, however, scoring two runs on two hits to go ahead 5-2. Spring Hill extended the lead to 6-2 in the sixth inning. Tullahoma finally put another run on the board in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a solid outing by one the state’s top Class AA clubs.
Ryan Helgreen started and earned the win for Spring Hill. He went all seven innings, giving up six hits, while striking out nine and walking five. Helgreen gave up just two extra base hits.
Tullahoma’s Cody Farr and Justus Sheffield each had a double. Farr continued his strong hitting with two hits on the night. Jordan Moore was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Zack Lampkin and Williams added singles.
Tullahoma sent Sam Tomes to the mound. Tomes worked five innings and took the loss. Justin Brown and Michael Shipp saw relief action. THS pitchers combined to give up six hits, while fanning five and walking three. All six runs were earned.
The Wildcats go to Winchester on Tuesday to face Franklin County in another key District 8-AAA contest. The Cats then host the Rebels on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. starts. Only four home games remain in the regular season.
By The Tullahoma News staff (firstname.lastname@example.org)