With the score tied at 3 in the bottom of the sixth inning at home, Andrew Dawson put Tullahoma in front for good, as the Wildcats held on for a 4-3 victory over Fayetteville on Thursday night.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Parker Moore reached base after drawing a walk to start the frame. Danny Martinez was hit by the pitch in the next at-bat, before Jake Martin reached on an error, loading the bases.
With one out in the inning, Dawson came in to pinch hit for Charlie Pierce. Dawson surprised the defense, laying down a bunt for the squeeze play, as Moore raced home to score what turned into the game-winning run.
Wade Collins tossed the final inning for Tullahoma, striking out two of three batters he faced. Collins allowed a two-out base hit, but got the next batter to ground out to shortstop ending the contest.
Early on Thursday, the Wildcats fell behind 2-0, but plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, grabbing a 3-2 edge.
Ashton Dodd led off the frame with a base hit. Moore and Martinez were both hit by the pitch in their at-bats. All three runners later scored off of wild pitches, giving Tullahoma the advantage.
Fayetteville answered with a run in the top of the sixth inning, evening the score at 3, before Tullahoma plated the final run in the bottom of the frame.
The Wildcats used seven different pitchers in the win over Fayetteville on Thursday, each hurler tossing an inning. Pierce made the start for Tullahoma, tossing an inning and striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Ashton Dodd tossed the second inning for TMS, giving up a walk and striking out a batter. Dawson threw the third inning for the Wildcats, allowing a pair of runs, both of which were unearned, giving up a walk and striking out a hitter.
Jaxon Sheffield took over in the fourth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced, giving up a walk. Martinez followed in the fifth inning, not giving up a hit and striking out a batter. Martin tossed the sixth inning for the Wildcats, allowing a hit, before striking out the final three batters he faced.
Prior to Thursday’s win, Tullahoma (3-3, 2-0) had dropped three of its last four contests. The Wildcats defeated Lincoln County 7-0 in the TMS Classic on March 22.
However, the Wildcats dropped their final three contests of the tournament. Tullahoma fell to Spring Station 10-0 and 4-1, before losing to Heritage 10-0 later that night.
Tullahoma will get back into district play this week, opening up a series against North. The Wildcats will host the Gators on Monday, before heading to Winchester on Tuesday. On both days, start time is scheduled for 5 p.m.