Tullahoma was able to hang on for a 5-4 win in Fayetteville on Tuesday night, but Lincoln County dominated in the series finale in Tullahoma on Wednesday, running away with a 10-3 victory as the teams split the District 8-AAA series.
On Tuesday, Tullahoma fell behind 1-0 after the third inning, before taking control with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. The Wildcats plated two runs there to grab a 2-1 edge.
Tommy McCullough and Levi Langham led off the inning with back-to-back singles. However, Langham would later be called out at second, after Levi Turner reached on a fielder’s choice, putting runners on the corners. In the next at-bat, Kobe Burks reached on an error, allowing McCullough and Turner to both score, giving the Wildcats a brief edge.
Lincoln County answered back in the bottom of the fourth, when Jason Betz doubled to start the inning. Betz later scored when Tucker Webb reached on an error, evening the score at 2.
Tullahoma followed with three runs in the fifth inning, this time taking the lead for good. Race Marin got the scoring started for the Wildcats, smacking a home run to center field, giving his team a 3-2 edge.
Rhett Birdsong and Langham each drew walks in their next at-bats. With two outs, Cam Hargrove lined a double into right field, allowing both runners to score, as Tullahoma opened up a 5-2 advantage.
Lincoln County attempted to fight back though. With an out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Ben Walp hit a two-run home run for the Falcons, cutting his team’s deficit to 5-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Lincoln County loaded the bases with one out. Brice Fulcher was able to strike out Eli Cross, before getting Webb to lineout to conclude the contest, securing the save.
Hollis Fanning got the start and the win for Tullahoma. In six innings, the righty allowed four runs, three of which were earned, four hits and four walks, while striking out nine batters.
In his one inning pitched, Fulcher allowed a walk and struck out two batters.
Jackson Cothren took the loss for Lincoln County. In five innings, he allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out six batters.
Colton Monks tossed the final two innings for the Falcons, not allowing a hit and striking gout a batter.
In the series finale in Tullahoma on Wednesday, Lincoln County plated four runs in each of the first two innings, jumping out to an 8-1 advantage. The Falcons tacked on two more scores later in the contest, sealing the 10-3 win.
After Lincoln County jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, Tullahoma got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. Marin singled to start the bottom of the first, before later scoring when McCullough grounded into a fielder’s choice, cutting the score to 4-1.
Tullahoma was held off the scoreboard again until the bottom of the fourth inning, cutting its deficit down to 9-3. Hargrove led off the fourth with a single, before Jared TeVrucht reached on a two-out single. William Zebick followed by lining a double into left field, scoring both runners.
Matt Marcel got the start for Tullahoma on the mound and took the loss. In 1.2 innings, he allowed seven runs on four hits and a pair of walks, while striking out three batters.
Zebick threw 4.1 innings for the Wildcats, allowing three runs on seven hits, while also striking out three batters. Colten Tucker pitched the final inning for Tullahoma, not allowing a hit.
Ryan McAdams tossed the complete game for Lincoln County in the victory. In seven innings, he allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out five batters.
Tullahoma (12-10, 4-6) was scheduled to head to face East Hamilton and Bradley Central on Friday, before taking on McMinn County and Soddy Daisy on Saturday. As of press time, the results of those games were unavailable.
The Wildcats were next scheduled to open up a series against Lawrence County this week. Tullahoma will host Lawrence County on Tuesday, before heading to Lawrenceburg on Wednesday. On both days, first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.