Slemp, a right-hander, gave up three hits and three walks in a 12-2 win over Centennial at TVA Credit Union Ballpark. He used a combination of an overpowering fastball and an off-speed curveball to keep the Cougars off balance. He helped his cause offensively by going 3-for-4 with a RBI and scoring the game's final run.
"My fastball outside and my curveball were both working," Slemp said. "I was locating my fastball well, in and out, high and low. It was nice to get a win, to play well and to get our confidence back."
Slemp was referring to Science Hill (4-3) having a tough time against mid-state competition over the weekend. The Hilltoppers returned the favor against the Franklin-based Cougars, scoring seven runs in the sixth inning to put an early end to the game.
Overall, the Hilltoppers belted out 14 hits in the blowout victory.
"We had a lot of good bats come out tonight," Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards. "I feel like Landon pitched a great game and gave us a great effort out there. They have a good lineup and he held them in check. Then, Cole (Torbett) came out there in a tight ball game in his second varsity start ever. He was in the strike zone the whole time and trusted his stuff."
Little did he know moments later, there would be plenty of offensive firepower for the Hilltoppers.
Ben Edwards was particularly productive throughout the night. He was 2-for-2 with two walks, a RBI and three runs scored.
"I saw the ball really well today," Edwards said. "I tried to simplify some things and make a few adjustments. It came together for me."
Connor Hyatt, batting in the nine-hole, had a two-run single to highlight a three-run second inning for Science Hill. In his varsity start, the sophomore went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Centennial scored off a Science Hill error in the top of the third, but an inning later the Hilltoppers tacked on two more runs, taking advantage of an error and wild pitch.
Solomon Washington led off the sixth inning with a solo home run for the Cougars before Slemp was replaced by Torbett, who came in and threw three strikeouts. Once back at the plate, the Hilltoppers scored again and again until the mercy rule was enforced.
Cade McCoy and Caleb Marmo each had two RBIs, while Matthew Levi was 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Hunter Phillips had two walks and two runs scored, while Josh Wooten had a RBI, and Ashton Motte had a double and a run scored.
"We always have talent here," Ben Edwards said. "We're fortunate to be part of this tradition and we're just trying to come together as a team and make it count towards the end."