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Meadows tosses shutout as ’Cats win 1-0

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm


Staff Report


Chase Dixon plated the only Tullahoma run and Matthew Meadows put together a two-hit complete game on the road on Wednesday, as the Wildcats secured a 1-0 win over Columbia.

Matthew Meadows pitches against Columbia Central on Wednesday. Meadows tossed a complete-game two-hitter and struck out 11 batters as the Wildcats won 1-0.
-Photo by Macy Marin

Tullahoma (11-12, 4-5) broke a six-game losing streak with its win on Wednesday. The series with the Lions was scheduled to wrap up on Thursday in Tullahoma, but as of press time, the result of that contest was unavailable.

Early on against Columbia on Wednesday, the Wildcats struck for the only run of the game, thanks to Dixon. With one out in the top of the first inning and 2-0 count in his favor, Dixon hammered a pitch to left field for his first home run of the season. Dixon finished the game going 1-2 for the plate, adding a walk later in the contest.

Tullahoma scattered four more singles throughout the final six innings on Wednesday. Brandon Burns went 2-3 at the plate, while Josh Zidan and David Gagnier each collected a hit of their own.

Meadows was in control from the very start, allowing just two hits and three walks in the contest, while striking out 11 batters on the night. Meadows gave up a double to Cole Flatt in the top of the first inning and a one-out single in the fifth to Kade Bowden for the Lions’ only hits of the game.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Luke Flatt got on base for Columbia on a four-pitch walk, giving the Lions one last opportunity to score. On a full count, Bowden struck out swinging as Meadows and the Wildcats secured the win.

Luke Flatt took the loss for Columbia on the mound, allowing the one run, five hits and a pair of walks. Flatt also struck out five batters.

After concluding the series with Columbia, Tullahoma will next travel to compete in the Soddy Daisy Trojan Classic. The Wildcats were slated to take on Wilson Central at Red Bank High School at 4 p.m. on Friday, followed by taking on Ooltewah at Soddy Daisy at 8:45 p.m.

On Saturday, Tullahoma will take on White County and Halls, both at East Hamilton. First pitch against White County is slated for 10 a.m. followed by a 12 p.m. start against Halls. All times during the Soddy Daisy Classic are on Eastern Time.

The Wildcats will then open up their final District 8-AAA series of the year on Tuesday in Manchester against Coffee County Central. The series will then conclude on Wednesday in Tullahoma. Both games are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.