Jake Usher pitched a shutout and Cole Barksdale added five RBIs as Spring Hill cruised to a 10-0 win over Upperman on the opening day of the Class AA baseball tournament at Blackman.
Usher held Upperman to four hits.
“We put huge emphasis on doing whatever it took to take this game one,” Spring Hill coach Paul Lamm said. “It was huge for us to get those runs early.”
Spring Hill (26-8) got the scoring started in the first inning with a bases-loaded walk. The Raiders added three more runs in the third on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, followed by a two-run single from Barksdale that chased Upperman (26-11) starter Joe Jones.
Spring Hill tacked on three more runs in the sixth on another wild pitch with the bases loaded and a fielding error that scored two.
Barksdale struck again for the Raiders in the seventh with three-run home run to right field that just stayed inside the foul pole.
Usher had 10 strikeouts, including two straight to end the game.
“That’s probably the best game he’s pitched for us all year,” Lamm said.
“I felt good,” Usher said. “I had good command of my pitches and a good defense behind me.”
Upperman will play Crockett County on Wednesday at 10 a.m., and Spring Hill will play Goodpasture at 12:30 p.m.
“There’s a lot we can learn from this,” Upperman coach Jere Watson said. “Don’t let our emotions get the best of us.”