Putting up 26 runs in three games, Tullahoma was able to wield its way to three wins in the Chattanooga area last week, taking part in the Soddy Daisy Tournament.
The Wildcats first notched an 11-8 win at Signal Mountain on Friday, before following that with an 8-4 victory at East Hamilton later on in the day. On Saturday, Tullahoma ended its tournament with a 7-0 victory at Soddy Daisy.
In the opener against Signal Mountain on Friday, Tullahoma grabbed the lead early, plating five runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Eagles attempted to fight back, but couldn’t overcome the Wildcats’ advantage.
All of Tullahoma’s runs in the second inning came with two outs, after Jared TeVrucht and Kobe Burks drew back-to-back walks to start the inning. With two outs, Race Marin drove in both TeVrucht and Burks with a two-run single into left field, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 edge.
Rhett Birdsong and Tommy McCullough drew back-to-back walks, loading the bases. Levi Langham then drew a walk of his own, plating Marin and making the score 3-0. Cam Hargrove then reached base on an error, allowing Birdsong and McCullough to score and giving Tullahoma a 5-0 advantage.
Signal Mountain plated four runs in the top of the fifth inning, cutting its deficit to 5-4. However, Tullahoma answered back with six runs in the bottom of the frame, upping its lead to 11-4.
TeVrucht singled to start the bottom of the fifth, before Burks reached base on a hit of his own. Matt Marcel reached on an error, which allowed TeVrucht to score to make it a 6-4 contest. Marin then added a single of his own, plating Burks as the Wildcats took a 7-4 edge.
Birdsong then added a two-run double to left field, plating Marcell and Marin. McCullough drew a walk in his at-bat, before Hargrove ripped a double into center field, plating Birdsong and McCullough, making it an 11-4 ballgame.
Signal Mountain plated four more runs in the top of the sixth inning, but that was all that the Eagles could get, as Tullahoma held on for the win.
Marcell made the start for Tullahoma and picked up the win. In five innings, Marcell allowed four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out six batters.
Landon Carey came in for relief, not recording an out, allowing four runs on one hit and three walks.
Grant King pitched the final inning for Tullahoma, giving up a walk and a hit, while striking out a batter.
In the second game on Friday, the Wildcats again took control early, plating three runs in the top of the first inning against East Hamilton.
Marin led off the game by reaching on an error, while Birdsong followed with a single into left field. McCullough then drove in Marin with a base hit into right field, giving Tullahoma a 1-0 advantage.
Langham grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Birdsong to score. With two outs, TeVrucht reached base on an error as McCullough scored, to make it a 3-0 contest.
Tullahoma added another run in the top of the third inning, grabbing a 4-0 advantage. Hargrove reached base on an error and scored when TeVrucht doubled into right field.
After East Hamilton plated a run in the bottom of the third, Tullahoma added another score in the top of the sixth inning, making it a 5-1 contest. William Zebick reached on a one-out double and scored when Carey doubled into center field.
East Hamilton plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, cutting its deficit to 5-3. Tullahoma then put the game away with three more runs in the top of the seventh.
Birdsong led off the seventh with a walk, before McCullough reached on an error and Langham singled to load the bases. Hargrove hit a sacrifice fly, which allowed Birdsong to score, making it a 6-3 matchup.
TeVrucht followed with a single into right field, which plated McCullough. Burks then grounded into a fielder’s choice, as Langham raced home to make it an 8-3 matchup.
The Hurricanes added a final score in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that was all East Hamilton could muster, losing 8-4.
Colten Tucker got the start for Tullahoma on the mound, tossing six innings for the Wildcats. Tucker allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and five walks, while striking out two batters.
Brice Fulcher tossed the final inning for Tullahoma, allowing a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.
Against Soddy Daisy, the Wildcats got a strong pitching performances out of Levi Turner and D.J. Dillehay in a shutout victory.
Turner made the start for Tullahoma on the hill, tossing three innings. During his time on the mound, Turner allowed five walks and struck out four batters.
Dillehay tossed the final four innings for the Wildcats, only surrendering a hit, while striking out three batters.
Tullahoma helped out its pitchers with three runs in the top of the first inning. McCullough reached on a two-out walk, before Langham added a single and Hargrove worked a walk of his own to load the bases.
TeVrucht then drew a walk, plating McCullough and making the score 1-0. Burks then followed with a single into right field, plating Langham and Hargrove, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 advantage.
Tullahoma then scored its final four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Burks reached on a one-out error, before scoring when Zebick reached on an error of his own, making the score 4-0.
With two outs, Marin lined a single into left field, plating Zebick, giving the Wildcats a 5-0 advantage. Birdsong and McCullough drew a walk to load the bases. Marin scored on a wild pitch, while Langham added an RBI single, plating Birdsong and giving THS a 7-0 advantage.
Tullahoma (15-10, 4-6) was scheduled to wrap up District 8-AAA play this week, first hosting Lawrence County on Tuesday. As of press time, the result of that series opener was unavailable.
On Wednesday, Tullahoma was scheduled to head to Lawrenceburg to wrap up the series. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Wildcats are then slated to host Community on Friday. Prior to that game, Tullahoma will honor its 11 senior members on the team with a ceremony scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Tullahoma will head to Beech for a 12 p.m. contest. The Wildcats will wrap up the regular season against White County on Tuesday at 6 p.m.