Watching his team finally getting into action in the district tournament, Ryan Emery made up for some lost time.
The David Lipscomb right-hander fired a two-hit shutout and also went 3-for-4 at the plate. The robust showing almost personally guided the Mustangs to a 10-0 District 9-A/AA baseball tournament romp over Christ Presbyterian Academy Tuesday night on Lipscomb University's Dugan Field.
“My cut fastball was working well, and I just tried to get ahead of the hitters by getting the first pitch in for a strike,’’ said the 5-11 Emery who struck out nine and walked but one, upping his record to 6-1. He scored two runs and had one RBI.
“At the plate I just tried to stay back, wait for my pitch,’’ he said.
With the rain falling the past four days, it was the first tournament action for regular season district champ Lipscomb. The Mustangs (23-7) vaulted into a winners bracket final against Ezell-Harding tonight at 7. Ezell handed Lipscomb its lone district loss.
Barring more rain, the tourney moves back to Shelby Park.
Lipscomb reached the finals of state last year in AA before losing to Goodpasture, and Emery hopes his senior year play will help carry his team a step further.
“Everyone seems to be getting into that groove, and we’re starting to play with a little more swagger out there,’’ he said.
Third baseman Zac Rogers belted a three-run, inside the park homer to right-center as he flew around the bases without even a play at the plate. It came in a four-run fifth, which ended the game due to the 10-run rule.
“Ryan really threw the ball well tonight and he’s pitched very well lately,’’ Coach Ernie Smith said. “And we gave him a lot of support at the plate.
Meanwhile, Ezell-Harding thumped Franklin Road Academy 7-3 in the earlier game to advance. Senior pitcher Austin Carter allowed just one earned run to pick up the win, and senior Aaron Hyder backed him up with two hits and two RBI.
• Softball: In District 9-A/AA, Lipscomb blanked East Literature 10-0 as Barkley Logan and eighth-grader McCarly Thomas combined for the shutout. Whitney Wood powered two hits, and senior Rachel Pugh belted a triple, keying a five-run fourth inning which broke the game open at the Lipscomb Burton field.
Lipscomb advances into the winners bracket finals against regular season champ Ezell-Harding today at 5, following an elimination game between Hume-Fogg and MLK at 3, with East Lit facing CPA at 7. East Lit beat MLK 5-3, and CPA upset Hume-Fogg 7-6.
The tournament moves back to Trevecca, assuming the field is playable.
• Soccer: CPA blitzed M.L. King 6-2 to advance into the District 9-A/AA finals match Thursday night at 7 at DCA. Will Redmond and Sam Crenshaw scored two goals each for the winning Lions. Top-seeded CPA will play the winner of the Hume-Fogg and Lipscomb match.