Spring Fling Baseball: Bruins, Lions Take Long Road To Championship

It was a long day Wednesday as rain pushed the baseball schedule to late in the evening. By Thursday, the CPA Lions and Brentwood Bruins found themselves in must-win-2 situations to make the State Championship.

CPA Going To State Championship

The Lions knew what they had to do and did it in deciding fashion. In game 1 in Smyrna, CPA took on Covington. The Lions scored 7 runs in the first two innings. Covington tried to rally late in the game, but fell short by a score of 8-4. Clarke and Patterson led the Lions with 2 RBIs apiece.

In Game 2, same opponent, same result, same scoring margin. CPA took a 2-0 lead in the second, adding 2 more in the 6th. The Lion’s Harris pitched a 4 hit complete game, his only mistake a HR in the 7th. Final 5-1 CPA.

CPA will face CAK at 2:00 at MTSU for the State Championship.

Bruins Going To State

The Bruins entered their match up against Dobyns Bennett as the only team in the tournament yet to suffer a loss. Would playing with house money come back to bite the Bruins?

Brentwood would strike first, driving in a single run to start the game. This would be a theme for the majority of the contest, with each team landing their blows, but never throwing the knockout punch.
Dobyns Bennett would see the Brentwood run in the first and match it in the second with a score their own. Staying true to the form of the game, Brentwood added a single run in the third, followed by another single for DBHS in the fourth.
Heading into the sixth it appeared as the Bruins had finally gotten control of the game, owning a narrow lead of 4-3. At that point coach Bill Moore called on his bullpen to finish the game off. As quickly as the relief pitcher entered, he surrendered a three-run homer and the lead.

The Bruins would suffer their first loss of the TSSAA Tournament by a count of 4-6. Brentwood would have to shake off the loss quickly and hit the rest button, as the double elimination style tournament had the two teams seeded to play again in a hours time. Missing their opportunity the first time, Brentwood couldn’t hold anything back in the second and decisive game.

Game 2 would be another close affair, but, Brentwood would win the game
 5-3 and advance to the State Championship. They will play Stewarts Creek today at MTSU at 5:00 p.m.

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