Science Hill (27-13) led most of the game until a tying run by the Spartans in the fifth inning. It fell apart for the Hilltoppers in the top of the seventh as Summit (27-11) busted through with four runs.
It was a frustrating end for Science Hill, which was credited with three errors on the TSSAA official score sheet. The first one in the outfield cost the Hilltoppers two runs in the third inning.
“We didn’t play our best game,” Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards said. “We didn’t do a lot of things as well as we had all year. You can’t make mistakes against a team like that. They’re a quality opponent with a good pitcher on the mound.”
Science Hill will face Barlett, a 4-2 loser to Farragut, in an elimination game at 11 a.m. The winner of the morning game will play in another elimination game at 6 p.m.
Blake Money, a towering 6-foot-6 right hander committed to LSU, pitched a complete game for the Spartans. He appeared to get stronger as the game went on, unofficially timed over 90 mph into the seventh inning. He finished with 10 strikeouts.
Edwards opted to pull Science Hill starting pitcher Landon Slemp after five innings with his pitch count at 71 pitches. Garrett Gleason, Drew Honeycutt and Dustin Eatmon all pitched in relief.
Slemp finished with three runs allowed — only one earned — off two hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
“Landon gave us a great start and I’m proud of him,” Edwards said. “We are who we are all year and we trust our bullpen. It just didn’t happen this game. We’re not going to change who we are and that’s what got us here. We’ve got to find a formula that works tomorrow.”
BIG DAY FOR YOUNGSTERS
Freshman Jack Torbett went 2-for-3 and drove in all three Science Hill runs. Two of those were scored by sophomore Conner Hyatt, while Cade McCoy produced the other run. Matthew Levi, Slemp and Hyatt had the other hits for the Hilltoppers.
“I liked our hitters’ approach early and how they drove in some runs,” Edwards said. “They gave us the lead. We just have to throw strikes and close out the game. We have to get our heads back together and be ready to go in the morning.”