Hilltoppers starting pitcher Landon Slemp picked up the win after striking out eight hitters and walking just one. He was incredibly efficient, throwing strikes on 48 of his 66 pitches. Of the 19 batters he faced, Slemp greeted 12 with first-pitch strikes.
“He really got after it as far as commanding his stuff,” Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards said. “Not only that, but he pitched well on both sides of the plate, went up and down with his fastball and commanded his breaking ball really well. I couldn’t be any happier with his performance.”
The ’Toppers (2-0, 2-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the second inning when Slemp scored on a sacrifice fly by Gehrig Carich. Volunteer (0-2, 0-2) answered in the bottom half when Bobby Montgomery singled home Aaron Wills run.
Science Hill held a 4-1 lead after five innings then exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth.
The onslaught began when Montgomery, Volunteer’s second baseman, let a ball slip through his wickets. Two runs scored on the play and Josh Wooten reached first. Following a walk that brought home another, Slemp then stepped up for a two-run double down the line.
Slemp finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Alex Elmore and Cade McCoy each went 2-for-3 for Science Hill.
Peyton Derrick, Wills, Caleb Trent, Caleb Spears and Montgomery got all the hits, each one a single, for the Falcons, who played outstanding defense in the outfield.
“I’m going to give them a lot of credit. They ran down a lot of hard-hit balls in the outfield,” Edwards said. “We hit the ball hard all game and their outfield played outstanding. They made a couple of nice plays in the infield early and gave themselves a situation where they were right there on our heels because of their defense.”
The ’Toppers will head to Murfreesboro for their next few games, competing in the Grand Slam Classic. The likes of Lebanon, Blackmon, Mount Juliet and Riverdale also are in the field.
Volunteer will host nonconference opponent West Greene on Thursday.