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Comeback falls short for University High

Douglas Fritz • Updated May 23, 2018 at 9:25 PM

MURFREESBORO — Twice University High got off the deck, and twice the Buccaneers were denied.

In the losers’ bracket semifinal of the TSSAA Class A state baseball tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian on Wednesday, UH lost 6-4 to Trinity Christian.

It was a season-ending loss for the Buccaneers, who finished 23-13.

“I was real proud of my team this year,” said UH head coach Josh Petty. “We had a great season. Hopefully this momentum will carry into future years, knowing how to get down here and compete.”

THE FIRST COMEBACK

Trailing 4-0 entering the sixth inning, the UH offense came to life.

Michael Degennaro walked and Jack Bembry followed with a single. With one out, Kaleb Meredith singled to load the bases.

Hunter Seehorn then went to work, slashing a ground-ball single that plated two runs. Cas Blevins followed with an RBI single, and UH was knocking at the door with a 4-3 deficit.

A.J. Simerly lined out to center field before Jakob Hare flew out to right field to end the threat.

THE SECOND COMEBACK

After Trinity re-established a multi-run lead on the strength of Mitch Sisk’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh, UH loaded the bases again with one out — on an error, a Bembry single and a walk to Brantley Hare.

Meredith followed with a sacrifice fly to score a run, but Bembry was caught in a rundown for the final out.

“We fought back,” said Petty. “We just didn’t do enough in the end to drive enough across.”

LEADERS

Blevins and Bembry each had two hits. Seehorn had two RBIs.

Lane Forsythe, Garrett Bond and Zachary Tims each had two hits to pace Trinity.

COACH’S OVERVIEW

“We had a tough draw in the first round,” said Petty of UH’s loss to No. 1-ranked Loretto. “I felt like we had a good chance to come back and take one here today, but Trinity Christian played a good game. Their pitcher threw well and hit spots.”

Sisk got the win with five innings of relief.

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