It was the last chance for the Riverdale and Central Magnet baseball teams on Thursday at the 2014 TSSAA Spring Fling.
Both teams had to defeat the same opponent twice in order to advance to Friday's’s championship game at MTSU. The Warriors had to beat Farragut twice at Siegel, while the Tigers have to defeat CAK at Blackman.
Riverdale won the first game, 4-0, over Farragut, but its season came to an end with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in the second game. Also, CMS' season came to an end with a 9-0 loss to CAK in its first game of the day. The Tigers were outscored by CAK, 14-0 in the two losses during the tournament.
“When you lose it is always tough,” Riverdale head coach Barry Messer said. “The only thing we did not accomplish is not playing (Friday). That was our ultimate goal was to get to the state championship game, and win it. That was the only thing we did not accomplish. We accomplished every other goal we set out to accomplish. We need to focus more on what we did do and less on what we did not do. It was an unbelievable season by our kids.”
The meeting between the Warriors and the Admirals was the first of this year’s tournament, while CMS fell to CAK 5-0 Thursday in a winner’s bracket game. Riverdale won two thrilling games on Wednesday, 3-1 over Cookeville and 8-7 over Ravenwood, while CMS stayed alive with a 2-1 win over Spring Hill last night.
Riverdale won game one, 4-0, thanks to a complete game by pitcher Charlie Fultz and solid defense. Fultz did not have a strikeout, but did plenty to pick up the win.
In the second game, the Admirals scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-0 advantage. It was the first runs of the day for Farragut.
The Warriors answered with two runs in the top of the fifth, when Dylan King and Riley Walters scored after a bad throw to first by the Farragut second baseman to make the score 3-2.
Riverdale got on the board in the bottom of the first of the first game when shortstop Andrew Huff doubled to right to start the at-bat, and later scored on a ground out by left fielder Kaleb Swayze to make the score 1-0. The Warriors had a chance to make it 2-0, but center fielder Haddon Adams was thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning.
The Warriors added another run in the bottom of the fourth when right fielder Jordan McNeal singled in DH and Wednesday's hero, Weston Shaver. They had a chance to add another run during the at-bat, but a base running error by McNeal caused an out, and first baseman Brady Puckett struck out to end the inning and the threat.
Riverdale extended the advantage to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth when second baseman Dylan King singled to left to bring home Swayze. In the bottom of the sixth, Puckett nailed a double off the wall in left center to score Huff to make the score 4-0.