One familiar face and a new kid on the block will face off in the District 10-AA baseball championship game.
The familiar face is defending state champion David Lipscomb, a school used to baseball success. The new kid is Hume-Fogg Academic, which is making what is believed to be its first trip to the region tournament in school history.
The two face off 7 p.m. Thursday at Shelby Park for the district title.
Capping five hours of intense baseball, David Lipscomb bounced back a 4-0 loss to Christ Presbyterian Academy and hung on for a 12-10 victory over the Lions in the elimination game at Shelby Park Wednesday.
At Rose Park, Hume-Fogg trounced East Lit 8-2 as the nine-team tournament was divided between two sites.
The night’s final contest featured an eight-run inning (by Lipscomb), a seven-run inning (by CPA), and a winning pitcher – CPA transfer Addison Alford – who wound up saving his own game.
Lipscomb (17-10), which starts five freshmen, jumped ahead 12-0 in the decisive second game but wound up holding on for dear life.
CPA suffered a complete meltdown in the eight-run Mustang third, which saw four errors, two on one play, Hunter Bradford score two runs, and a two-run single by Alford.
After adding two more in the fourth, Lipscomb looked to be on easy street.
But CPA fought back with seven of its own in the fifth. After Brandon Jean hit a towering two-run homer to left, slicing it to 12-10 in the sixth, the Lions got the tying run to the plate in the seventh when Josh Gunter doubled home Jackson Cohren.
Lipscomb rightfielder John Bolton caught a fly, then rifled a perfect throw to third to gun down Gunter for a double play to end the game.
Addison went the first 4 1/3 innings, was relieved by Wes Culpepper and Connor Britton, then came back in the bottom of the seventh to close it out while also going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
“John has got a cannon for an arm, and he showed it,” Alford, who went to elementary school at Lipscomb, transferred to CPA, then came back to Lipscomb last fall, said.
About beating CPA, he said, “it feels great, but I respect the heck out of those guys. I feel so blessed, and I am thankful to God for the chance to help this team.”
“I was just glad we got the second out (in the seventh), then went John’s throw came in, I said ‘that’s got a chance’ and it was an amazing way to end the game,” said coach Ernie Smith. “I have to say I’m surprised to get this far, but our young guys are getting better.”
In the opener, senior Zane Russell pitched a two-hit shutout for the Lions who scored all four runs in the fourth. Russell retired the last eight batters he faced.
At Rose Park, Hume-Fogg (24-10) won its segment of the two-site tournament behind Adam Wyse (8-1), who pitched the win and added a two-run double.
“Adam won all three of our tournament games,” Coby Ginsberg, Hume-Fogg’s second-year coach said. “It’s very exciting to see a team reach its potential and do a lot of things for the first time in school history.”
Both Lipscomb and Hume-Fogg teams have qualified for region. Hume-Fogg beat Lipscomb 5-3 earlier in the season.
• More baseball: Father Ryan and Brentwood Academy will host best-of-three opening round DII-AA Region series on Friday.
Ryan entertains McCallie for a twin bill, beginning at 1 p.m., with a third game, if needed Saturday at 11 a.m. Ensworth travels to Brentwood Academy at 4:30 p.m., with a second and possible third game Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Montgomery Bell Academy travels to St Benedict to open their series.
-- Grant Sharp (8-0) fired a five-hitter as Overton crushed Hunters Lane 15-1 to win the District 12-AAA championship.
-- Graham Warren scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh as Franklin edged host Brentwood 3-2 to win the District 11-AAA title.
• Soccer: Behind a hat trick by Marlon Marin, Antioch scored a stunning 3-0 upset and eliminated top seed and regular season champion Overton on Tuesday night in the District 12-AAA tournament at Glencliff High. Goalkeeper Cesar Ramos posted the shutout.
The Bears play Cane Ridge for the title 6:30 p.m. Thursday. David Lipscomb meets M.L. King for the District 9-A/AA championship 7 p.m. Thursday at Trevecca.
Lipscomb edged CPA 2-1, and MLK blanked Hume-Fogg 1-0 in semifinal games Tuesday.
• Tennis: Christ Presbyterian Academy, which won the District 10-A/AA team tournament, next travels to play 9-A/AA champ Greenbrier 3 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Tennis Academy in Ridgetop. CPA’s Lucas Spickard won the district boys singles title and qualified for the Region 5-A/AA tournament at Swan Lake courts in Clarksville, which open Monday.
• Simpson opts for hoops: Luke Simpson, David Lipscomb High standout football quarterback and basketball guard, has announced he will give up football to concentrate just on basketball his junior and senior years.