It was mixed results for Rutherford County baseball teams during opening day of the 2014 TSSAA Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.
In Class AA, Central Magnet hung on to defeat Ripley, 4-3, while Riverdale lost in first Class AAA game 10-1 to Ravenwood. Both teams will be in action Wednesday hoping to stay alive in the double elimination tournament.
CMS opened up tournament play at Blackman against Ripley as they held on for a 4-3 victory. Coming into the bottom of the seventh, Ripley was down 4-1. However, they added two runs during their last at-bat to close the gap. CMS starting pitcher Austin Worley closed the door as he struck out the final two Ripley batters to give CMS the win.
“One win right here is huge,” Worley said. “Two years in a row we come in and get the first win, and hopefully this time we will be able to keep going and go all the way to the state championship game.”
The Tigers jumped on the board early with two runs in the top of the first. CMS got on the board when senior first baseman Alex Ropp singled to score junior right fielder McKenzie Jackson, and sophomore shortstop Darak Sargent came home on bunt single by second baseman Reed Sullivan.
After Ripley added a run in the bottom of the second, CMS scored twice in the top of the third to make the score 4-1. Sullivan doubled to score Sargent and centerfielder Josh Green hit a sac fly to score courtesy runner Spencer Hiland.
The Tigers will play at 12:30 p.m. in the winner’s bracket against Christian Academy of Knoxville at Blackman.
For Riverdale, it was a tough way to begin the Class AAA tournament with a 10-1 loss to Ravenwood. The Warriors were dominated in all phases of the game.
The Raptors jumped on Vanderbilt signee and RHS starter Collin Snider with four runs in the top of the second and six runs in the bottom of the fifth to break the game wide open. Snider was chased out of the game during the six-run inning by Ravenwood.
“We just got to forget the game,” Riverdale head coach Barry Messer said. “That was uncharacteristic I feel like all the way up and down. Those games happen, and we just got to come back (today).”
The Warriors will face Cookeville in a loser’s bracket game at 10 am at Siegel.