After back-to-back losses in the DeMarini Classic in Knoxville last weekend, Tullahoma ended things on a positive note, dominating in an 8-0 victory at Maryville on Saturday.
It took until the top of the fourth inning for Tullahoma to start plating runs, but when it did, they came in bunches. Tommy McCullough put up the first score for the Wildcats, smacking a solo home run to right center field, giving his team a 1-0 edge. That homer was McCullough’s second of the season.
Two batters later, Cameron Hargrove reached on a one-out error, before Levi Langham followed with a base hit of his own. Both runners scored when Jared TeVrucht doubled to right field, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 advantage.
Tullahoma added five more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Levi Turner reached base on a single to start the frame, but was out at third base later, when Langham reached on a fielder’s choice.
Colten Tucker then added a base knock of his own, before he and Langham each advanced a base on steals. TeVrucht drove in his fourth run of the day, this time with a single, bringing home both Tucker and Langham, making the score 5-0.
Grant King got on base after a bunt single. Race Marin then drove in TeVrucht with a base hit, giving the Wildcats a commanding 6-0 lead. In the next at-bat, Rhett Birdsong drove in Marin and King with a single, putting Tullahoma up 8-0.
King got the start for Tullahoma on the mound, tossing the complete game. In seven innings, he allowed just five hits in the shutout, walking five batters, hitting another and striking out five.
Prior to Saturday’s win, Tullahoma lost a pair of heartbreakers on Friday. The Wildcats opened their tournament with a narrow 4-2 loss to Farragut, before falling to Hardin Valley 8-7.
Against Farragut, Tullahoma fell behind early, as the Admirals plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. However, the Wildcats answered to even up the score in the fifth inning.
King legged out a single to start the top of the fifth, before Birdsong added a one-out base hit. McCullough drove in King with a single of his own. Birdsong also scored on McCullough’s at-bat, via an error on the same play.
While the Wildcats battled to tie, Farragut answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking a 4-2 advantage.
Tullahoma threated to score in the top of the seventh inning, after Birdsong reached on a two-out double. However, that rally fell short, and the game ended when McCullough hit a shallow fly ball to shortstop.
Turner got the start for Tullahoma on the mound against Farragut. In three innings, he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three batters.
TeVrucht tossed the final three innings for the Wildcats. In three innings, he surrendered two runs on five hits, while striking out a batter.
Against Hardin Valley, every time Tullahoma grabbed the lead, the Hawks found a way to counter that effort. Tullahoma evened the score at 7 with a run in the top of the sixth. However, Hardin Valley scored to what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning, taking an 8-7 advantage.
As a team, Tullahoma collected 12 hits. Birdsong reached base in all four of his at-bats, doubling twice and adding a pair of singles. He also drove in pair of runs for the Wildcats, scoring two runs as well.
Brice Fulcher got the start for THS, tossing four innings. Fulcher allowed six runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out five batters.
Landon Carey tossed the final inning for the Wildcats. Carey gave up a pair of runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.
Tullahoma (11-9, 3-5) was scheduled to open up a series against Lincoln County this week. The Wildcats were slated to travel to Lincoln County on Tuesday. However, as of press time, the result of that game was unavailable.
Tullahoma is next slated to host the Falcons on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Wildcats were then scheduled to take part in the Soddy Daisy Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Tullahoma will first travel to East Hamilton on Friday for a 1 p.m. Eastern contest, before heading to Bradley Central for a 6 p.m. Eastern matchup.
Tullahoma will wrap up play with a doubleheader at Soddy Daisy on Saturday. The Wildcats are slated to face McMinn County at 1 p.m. Eastern, before taking on the host school at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.