Spring Hill captures first state baseball title

Spring Hill captures first state baseball title

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Spring Hill captures first state baseball title

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Spring Hill senior and Vanderbilt signee Zach King delivers a fourth-inning pitch during Friday's TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU's Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill senior and Vanderbilt signee Zach King delivers a fourth-inning pitch during Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Christ Presbyterian Academy junior Seth Townsend is greeted by teammate Devin McKnight after scoring the game-tying run during the second inning of Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Christ Presbyterian Academy junior Seth Townsend is greeted by teammate Devin McKnight after scoring the game-tying run during the second inning of Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill junior Gage Gillian delivers a first-inning pitch during Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill junior Gage Gillian delivers a first-inning pitch during Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill’s Taylor Warwick makes his way to third base during the second inning of Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill’s Taylor Warwick makes his way to third base during the second inning of Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill coach Paul Lamm talks to the third base umpire during Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill coach Paul Lamm talks to the third base umpire during Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill shortstop Austin Dunston celebrates on second base after driving in the game's opening run during the second inning of Friday's TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU's Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Spring Hill shortstop Austin Dunston celebrates on second base after driving in the game’s opening run during the second inning of Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

MURFREESBORO — Spring Hill captured its first state baseball title Friday, rolling to a 14-4 six-inning victory over defending Class AA champion and District 12-AA rival Christ Presbyterian Academy at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Junior Brycen Thomas finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the Raiders (33-8), who piled up 16 hits, while teammates Taylor Warwick and Josh Wilkinson also delivered three-hit performances in the convincing win.

“I wanted to step up and help my team win,” said Thomas, who homered in the third, doubled in the fourth and tripled in the fifth, finishing just a single shy of the cycle. “My first at-bat I didn’t look great at the plate, and I just had to make some adjustments and keep my head in.

“We’ve played some really good baseball over the last month, month and a half, and it all came together today.”

The Lions (31-10), who committed three errors in the losing effort, plated a pair of runs in the second before junior catcher and Vanderbilt commitment Phillip Clarke laced a third-inning solo shot to right field, spotting CPA a 3-1 advantage.

Christ Presbyterian Academy’s freshman Knox Preston lays down a bunt during the second inning of Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Christ Presbyterian Academy’s freshman Knox Preston lays down a bunt during the second inning of Friday’s TSSAA Class AA state baseball championship game at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.

“We took the lead early but we knew it was going to be a battle,” said CPA coach Larry Nesbitt, whose squad also suffered District 12-AA and Region 6-AA tournament title defeats to the Raiders. “The bottom line is they just hit; that’s what won them the game.”

Lions starting pitcher David Bates, a junior Vanderbilt commitment, made it through just 3⅓ innings Friday, surrendering seven runs off nine hits while striking out three.

“They hit the ball all over the park and all the credit goes to them,” Nesbitt added.

Spring Hill starter Gage Gillian, the Class AA Mr. Baseball award recipient, didn’t fare much better on the mound, lasting just three innings, but Thomas and teammate Zach King — a senior Vanderbilt signee — surrendered just one run off two hits in three innings of relief.

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-269-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports

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