After a solid start to its state tournament run, the Tullahoma Little League 10U baseball team was no-hit and upended by Goodlettesville, losing 10-0 on Tuesday morning.
While the Wildcats took the loss, they are still in the double-elimination tournament. Tullahoma will next play on at 11 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday morning, with the winner advancing to the state title game against Goodlettesville.
Tullahoma is next scheduled to face the winner of the Johnson City and Morristown game that was slated to take place on Tuesday afternoon. As of press time, the winner of that matchup was unavailable. If the Wildcats win on Wednesday, they will need to defeat Goodlettesville twice in order to capture the state championship.
In Tuesday’s loss, Tullahoma only had one base runner reach, which came via a walk. Brodie Howard was the Wildcat who worked his way on base as Goodlettesville won in five innings.
Beaux Saunders got the start for Tullahoma on the mound, tossing two innings and allowing four runs on six hits, while walking two batters. Connor Parker threw two innings for Tullahoma, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits. JP Damron tossed the final inning for Tullahoma, giving up an unearned run on two hits, while striking out a batter.
Before taking its lump on Tuesday, Tullahoma had opened its state tournament with a pair of wins. The Wildcats first dominated Lexington 12-2 in five innings on Saturday, before following that with a 12-7 comeback victory over Morristown on Sunday.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning on Saturday, Tullahoma scattered 12 runs across the next five innings, capturing the run-rule victory against Lexington.
As a team, the Wildcats collected 13 hits in the first-round victory on Saturday. Parker led the day for Tullahoma with three hits in his three at-bats, including driving in three runs.
Parke Fulks and Jonas Roper each had two hits as well for Tullahoma. Damron had two RBI for the Wildcats, while Patrick Riddle and Fulks each had one.
Tullahoma also got solid pitching as well, limiting Lexington to three hits on the day. Howard got the start for the Wildcats, tossing two innings and surrendering two unearned runs on two hits and five walks, while striking out four batters.
Saunders came in and tossed 1.1 innings for Tullahoma. He allowed just a hit, while striking out four batters.
Elijah Alexander pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Wildcats. He did not allow a hit and struck out a batter, as Tullahoma secured the victory.
On Sunday, Tullahoma needed to a comeback to get a victory over Morristown. After trailing 5-1 in the top of the third inning, the Wildcats plated 11-straight runs, taking control of the contest, notching the 12-7 victory.
Saunders led Tullahoma’s offense that collected 11 hits in the victory, picking up three singles in his four at-bats. Alexander, Parker and Fulks each had two hits the victory.
Parker and Howard each drove in two runs for the Wildcats in the win. Roper, Fulks and Saunders each had an RBI as well for Tullahoma.
Fulks made the start for Tullahoma on the hill, only getting an out. Fulks allowed a run on one hit and a walk, during his appearance.
Alexander came in to pitch the next two innings for the Wildcats. He allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits, while striking out two batters.
Saunders tossed 3.1 innings for the Wildcats, allowing two runs on four hits, while also allowing two walks.
Parker came in to get the final out for the Wildcats, throwing just one pitch, as Tullahoma secured the victory.