William Zebick was able to shut down Blackman’s offense, as Tullahoma secured a home win over the Blaze, picking up a 3-1 victory on Friday night.
In 5.2 innings, the sophomore allowed just an unearned run on four hits, while allowing five walks. Zebick also struck out nine batters in the effort.
Colten Tucker came in to get the save for Tullahoma, closing out the game on the hill for the Wildcats.
Tullahoma helped Zebick out with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Levi Turner led things off by drawing a walk, but was out at second base, when Kobe Burks reached on a fielder’s choice.
Burks stole second base shortly thereafter to get into scoring position. With two outs, Landon Carey lined a single into left field, plating Burks and giving the Wildcats a 1-0 edge.
Tullahoma followed that with another run in the third, as Race Marin led off the inning with a double into left field. Marin was able to advance to third, when Rhett Birdsong grounded into a fielder’s choice. On the next play, Levi Langham reached on an error, which allowed Marin to come home, putting the Wildcats in front, 2-0.
Marin collected his second double of the game to lead off the fifth inning and moved to third when Birdsong grounded into a fielder’s choice. This time Langham plated Marin with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving Tullahoma a 3-0 advantage.
After a pair of walks and an error allowed Blackman to load the bases, the Blaze took advantage. With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Noah Junker drew a walk of his own, plating a run, cutting his team’s deficit to 3-1.
Tucker came in and closed the door on the Blaze’s scoring threat, getting Frankie Carreras to fly out to left field, ending in the inning.
Tullahoma (10-5, 3-3) was scheduled to open up a series against Columbia on Tuesday, hosting the Lions. However, as of press time, the result of that series opener was unavailable.
Columbia is scheduled to host the Wildcats on Wednesday night to close out the District 8-AAA series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Following the district matchup, Tullahoma will take part in the Demarini Classic in Knoxville. The Wildcats will face Farragut at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, before taking on Hardin Valley the same day at 8 p.m. All game in the Knoxville tournament will be played on Eastern Time.
The Wildcats are slated to close out the classic by facing Maryville on Saturday at 9 a.m. before taking on Bearden at 1:30 p.m. the same day.