Todd Lumley said he got some wide-eyed looks from his Trenton Peabody baseball players when he told them he thought they could win three games this year at the Class A state tournament.
In its modern state tournament debut, Peabody earned its first win with a 3-1 victory over No. 1-ranked Summertown.
The Golden Tide will face Goodpasture in a winner’s bracket game at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Matthew Pickard continued his stellar season, pitching all seven innings Tuesday.
“To be honest with you, with Pickard on the mound they are very confident,” Lumley said of his players.
Hunter Hudson was 1-for-2 with an RBI triple and two runs scored. Kendrick Malone was 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI. Cade Roberts had an RBI and Brandt Wright scored one run.
“I was a little concerned being on the big stage,” Lumley said. “They handled the pressure well.”
Malone, a lefty, is likely to be opposed by a lefty from Goodpasture. Lumley said Malone had improved his pitch command during the 2014 season but has struggled with it at times again this year.
“He puts himself in a bind a lot of times with the number of walks,” Lumley said, adding Malone is a competitor who plays three sports and can be “dominant” if he locates his fastball.
Peabody improved to 30-5 with the milestone win. Goodpasture is 32-8.
“Tomorrow’s going to be a big game because the winner of that is really in the driver’s seat,” Lumley said.
If Peabody falls, the Tide will play the Summertown-Oneida winner in a must-win game at 5 p.m.
• Loudon 2, Crockett Co. 1 : Jeremiah Nance was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three Cavalier teammates each got a hit, but Crockett County baseball is in the loser’s bracket of the Class AA state tournament following Tuesday’s loss to Loudon.
The Cavaliers (26-8) must beat Sullivan South (25-11) at 10 a.m. Wednesday and then beat the CPA-Loudon loser at 5 p.m. to advance.
Junior pitcher Jordan Saylor pitched 6.1 innings for Crockett County, allowing one earned and one unearned run on 11 hits and a walk. He struck out two.
This is Crockett County’s second appearance ever at the state tournament, as the Cavs also went in 2013.
• Cascade 2, Lexington 0 : Cascade managed just two hits off Lexington pitcher Ryne Odle on Tuesday night.
However, the Champions found a way to do something the Tigers couldn’t – score a run.
Cascade defeated Lexington 2-0 at Blackman High on the opening night of the Class AA state tournament. The Champions (27-12) play Knoxville Catholic (27-14) at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in a winner’s bracket contest. Catholic defeated Central Magnet 13-1 in five innings.
Lexington (23-15) faces Murfreesboro Central (33-6) at 10 a.m. Wednesday in an elimination game.
Cascade scored two in the bottom of the fifth. Colton Weaver reached on an error and scored on Hayden Edmondson’s double. Edmondson then scored on Seth Gardner’s fielder’s choice.
That was enough run support for Cascade’s Sam Gardner, who struck out 13 and walked two, but gave up eight hits. He threw 135 pitches in the win.
Lexington left nine batters on base.
Odle allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, while striking out eight and walking three.
Tom Kreager of Gannett Tennessee contributed to this report.