MURFREESBORO -- It took awhile for the bats to wake up.
Once they did, Goodpasture continued its journey toward another possible TSSAA Class AA baseball championship.
Right-hander Drew Hall and Spring Hill lefty Cole Barksdale kept things scoreless through three innings Wednesday afternoon at Blackman High.
But Ryan Kemp rifled a single in the top of the fourth, stole second and scored on Brandon Ashworth's single. Barksdale then walked four straight batters and Caleb Wilson beat out an infield single. Suddenly it was 4-0 and the Cougars were on their way to a 10-1 victory.
"We were having some trouble with the big breaking pitch [Barksdale] was throwing,'' coach Richie Estep said. "He was making some tough pitches. We started laying off some of them.
"Our pitcher [Hall] is a real gamer for a sophomore.”
Hall pitched a complete game five-hitter and Goodpasture had seven hits against three Raiders pitchers.
The Cougars tacked on five runs in the seventh, highlighted by Carter Wiseman's two-run home run that made it 7-1.
"I hit an inside fastball, and I wasn't sure it was going out until the last minute,'' Wiseman said. "Spring Hill's a good team, and we need to stay focused if we want to reach our goal winning state. If we keep bringing our A-Game, I think we'll be OK.''
Goodpasture (35-3) plays again at 2 p.m. Thursday against the winner of the Spring Hill-Upperman elimination contest.
• CPA comes close: Christ Presbyterian Academy literally came within inches of winning a state tennis championship.
The Lions, trailing 3-2 after singles play, needed to win both doubles matches against Christian Academy of Knoxville to earn the school's first boys TSSAA Class A/AA BlueCross championship. They came agonizingly close.
Ace Lucas Spickard and partner Jack Zieman won their match at No. 1 doubles 9-7 to even the match at 3-3.
All eyes turned to No. 2 doubles where Zayne Mills and Will Whitaker were locked in a tight battle with CAK's Voi Royal and Josh Current.
Leading 8-7, 40-30, CPA had a match point for the championship but the court monitor overruled an “out” call near the baseline just as the CPA players began a victory celebration.
The CAK players went on to win that game, then won the tiebreaker 7-4 to win the three and a half hour match, 9-8.
"In the heat of competition, it's hard to stay in the moment,'' CPA coach Jeremy White said. "But I believe (the monitor's call) was the right call. Our guys fought with everything they had. I couldn't be more proud of them.”
Spickard will be one of the favorites for the A/AA singles title when those matches open Thursday.
• MBA falls short: Montgomery Bell Academy lost a 4-1 finals decision to Memphis University School, ending its hopes of a fourth straight Division II-AA tennis title.
After the Big Red's Andrew Karpos-Aaron Jumonville and Andrew Graham-Kalyan Chadalavada won their matches to clinch the doubles point, the Owls took over in singles, beginning with Marshall Sharp's 6-3, 6-1 win over Jumonville at No. 1 singles.
"We had a great start in doubles, but their depth eventually got us,” MBA coach Tom Boysen said. "By ranking, they were favored in all the singles matches, although we had a chance top win first sets in three of them. I give a lot of credit to our seniors, who showed such great leadership.”
• Brentwood, Ravenwood roll: The Brentwood High boys and Ravenwood girls extended their Williamson County domination in Class AAA tennis with shutout victories in their respective finals.
Maxx Lipman, the favorite to win the singles title later this week, won at No. 1 singles, keying Brentwood’s 4-0 shutout of Knoxville Catholic.
Ravenwood's Katie Fitt won at No. 1 singles in a 4-0 blanking of Siegel.
Both Brentwood and Ravenwood scored 4-0 victories in both the semifinalss and finals.
• Soccer: Christ Presbyterian beat East Hamilton 3-1 to win its quarterfinal match in Class A/AA. Franklin edged White Station 1-0 in the AAA quarterfinals.
• Softball: Goodpasture joined its baseball counterpart in the winners bracket final with a 2-1 win over Unicoi County.
It was the Cougars second straight one-run thriller. They beat Lexington 4-3 in 10 innings in their tournament opener Tuesday.