Hunter Anderson ended a 15-year wait for Brentwood with a two-out single in the seventh inning.
Anderson drove in Tanner Walker with the winning run in a 3-2 Class AAA sectional victory over Mt. Juliet on Saturday.
Brentwood (29-15) earned its first state tournament berth since 1998 and the second in school history.
“He had me down in the count,” Anderson said of Mt. Juliet pitcher Campbell Scholl. “I had two strikes on me. He had been throwing curveballs on two strikes all night. Sure enough, he came in two strikes — threw me a curveball outside. I just went away with it best I could.”
Mt. Juliet (26-12) fell one win short of its sixth straight state tournament appearance under first-year coach Jim Carter.
“You get to this point in the year and you know it’s going to be a close game, and breaks are part of the game,” Carter said. “Some things are going to go your way; some things aren’t going to go your way. We’ve been in a lot of close ones for the last couple of weeks. That’s life.”
Brentwood scored one run in each of the last three innings after falling behind 2-0 in the third.
“This is an incredible feeling,” Bruins coach Brian Popovich said. “It’s been awhile for our school. It’s great for our community, but most of all it’s great for these kids, especially the seniors. They’ve had a lot of turmoil, a lot of change over the last years.”
David Pimentel’s RBI single tied the game 2-2 in the sixth.
“It’s amazing — this was our goal all year,” Brentwood starting pitcher Cody Shelton said. “A lot of things happened this year. We’ve had some injuries throughout the year. Teams beating us and falling short in the district tournament again. We just all came together.”
Jake Bennie’s one-run single narrowed the deficit to 2-1 in the fifth.
“It was close, but stuff happens,” Golden Bears center fielder Cody Carr said. “I guess they were the better team tonight, so congratulations to them. They got hot at the right time.”