Tullahoma saw its regular season come to a close with a pair of downers this week, as the Wildcats were swept by Coffee County. The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in Tullahoma on Monday, before dominating in a 13-4 win at home on Tuesday.
In its final home game of the regular season on Monday, Tullahoma was held to just one hit in the contest, as Coffee County spread out three runs throughout the matchup. That lone hit for the Wildcats came in the bottom of the third inning, when Jaxon Sheffield lined a two-out single into right field.
The Wildcats only had two other players reach base. Parker Moore was hit by the pitch in his at-bat, while Charlie Pierce reached on an error.
Ashton Dodd got the start for Tullahoma and took the loss. In 4.1 innings pitched, he allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four batters.
Andrew Dawson tossed the final 2.2 innings for the Wildcats, surrendering just a pair of hits and striking out a batter.
Aiden Robertson made the start and got the win for Coffee County. In 5.2 innings, he allowed just a hit and struck out 11 batters.
Jack Anderson tossed the final 1.1 innings for the Red Raiders, striking out two of the four batters he faced.
On Tuesday, Tullahoma jumped out to a 2-0 edge, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Evan Tomlin drew a walk to start the ballgame, before Sheffield powered a home run to left field, giving the Wildcats the early lead.
However, Coffee County answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, taking control of the matchup. Tullahoma tied the score back up at 3 with a run in the top of the third.
Dodd singled to start the inning, before moving to second when Jake Martin laid down a sacrifice bunt. Moore added a single, before Dodd scored an error, evening the ballgame at 3.
Coffee County reclaimed the lead with a run in the bottom of the third, before tacking on four more scores in the fourth to open up an 8-3 advantage. Tullahoma plated a run in the fifth, but that was all it could get for the remainder of the contest.
Sheffield led off the top of the fifth inning with a base hit and scored when Martin doubled on a line drive to left field, cutting the Wildcats’ deficit to 8-4. Coffee County put the game away with five runs in the sixth inning, taking a commanding 13-4 advantage.
Both teams will next open the Central Tennessee Conference (CTC) Tournament next week. All games during the tournament will take place at Green Field in Tullahoma.
As the No. 2 seed, the Wildcats are slated to host South on Wednesday at 5 p.m. As the top seed, Coffee County receives a bye and will face the winner of Tuesday’s Harris and North matchup on Wednesday at 7 p.m.