The Lions struck often and ran away for a 10-2 win over University High in the opening round of the Class A baseball tournament Tuesday at Middle Tennessee Christian’s field in Murfreesboro.
“They can swing it, throughout the whole lineup,” said UH head coach Josh Petty.
Falling to 25-14 on the season, the Buccaneers slipped into the losers’ bracket and will take on Loretto (31-6) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. (EDT).
Trinity advanced to the winners’ bracket final against Franklin Grace.
GETTING IN TROUBLE
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, the Buccaneers found themselves in a difficult spot as Mitch Sisk led off with a double. Garrett Bond singled him home, and Zachary Tims’ double made it 3-0.
UH made a bid to get back in the game as Kaleb Meredith was hit by a pitch leading off the third inning. With two outs, Meredith stole second base.
Carter Pollock brought him home with a triple to right field. However, a line-drive out stranded Pollock at third.
Then Trinity broke it open in the fourth inning as Bond had a two-run double. A wild pitch plated another run, and Needham Goodwin’s RBI single made it 7-1.
After Meredith retired the first two batters of the game, Sisk stepped up and ripped a home run over the center field fence to break the ice.
A pair of infield singles were sandwiched around an error, and the Lions had the bases loaded. But Meredith regrouped to get Goodwin on a groundout to end the threat.
Meredith eventually worked four innings. He gave up 11 hits and seven runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
“I felt like Kaleb threw well,” said Petty. “They just played a great ballgame.”
Bond and Sisk were trouble spots for UH throughout the game. Bond went 3 for 3 with three RBIs while Sisk was 3 for 4 with two runs driven in.
Goodwin totaled two hits and three RBIs as well. Sims and Lane Forsythe added two hits apiece.
On the mound, Forsythe got the win. He worked four innings, allowing four hits and one run with no walks and three strikeouts.
UH BRIGHT SPOT
Michael Degennaro stood up well for the Buccaneers. He had two hits and drove in a run.
“He had a good game,” said Petty. “We had a couple of scoring opportunities where we didn’t come up with anything, but everything was coming with two outs.
“But I think our kids will be fine. They didn’t lay down today, and they had a good approach. They had good at-bats late in the game when we were down by eight runs. They didn’t quit.”