Michael Mascolo and Kevin Smith each had two hits and two RBIs as David Lipscomb advanced to the championship game of the TSSAA Class AA baseball tournament with a 6-4 victory over Spring Hill on Thursday.
Mascolo and Smith each had RBI singles in the top of the fourth, when the Mustangs scored three unearned runs — all with two outs — and put the game out of reach. They added an insurance run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Mascolo.
David Lipscomb (25-9) will face Lexington, 2 p.m. Friday at Middle Tennessee State University.
The Mustangs went unbeaten in their half of the bracket and outscored the opposition 22-11. Lexington won three of four and advanced out of the other half of the bracket.
Cody Connally became the third David Lipscomb pitcher in as many days to throw a complete game. He limited Spring Hill (32-9) to nine hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.
Isaac Phillips had three hits for the second time in three games and scored three runs. The sophomore right fielder has eight hits and five runs scored in three tournament contests.
• Paige Neely, Mackinzie Leding and Brittany Toney all had two hits and two RBIs as Goodpasture (36-3) advanced to the Class AA championship series with a 6-1 victory over Unicoi County.
All three had RBI singles in the seventh, when Goodpasture scored four times and turned a 2-0 advantage into a 6-0 cushion.
Cheyanne Knepper allowed six hits and one walk with three strikeouts in a complete gme effort. She lost her bid for a shutout when she allowed a one-out, solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
Goodpasture, which is unbeaten and has outscored the opposition 22-5 in the tournament, needs to win one more game to claim the title.
• Heather Montgomery’s bases loaded double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh rallied Beech to a 2-1 victory over Soddy-Daisy and into the AAA championship round.
Montgomery’s hit was the only one of the inning and one of just three (she also had a leadoff single in the first) for Beech (41-11-2), which has yet to lose in the tournament.
Beech loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh with an error, a fielder’s choice and a hit batter. Following a pair of strikeouts, Montgomery delivered the walk-off hit.
• Savannah Hill allowed just one hit and struck out 13 but gave up three runs (all unearned) as Davidson Academy (25-17) was eliminated from the DII-A tournament with a 3-0 loss to University School of Jackson (27-5).
Darby Rains and Kenzie Sadler had singles for Davidson Academy, which had a 2-1 edge in hits.
• Three players had two hits each, and Megan Mihaliak and Anna Duzane each scored two runs, but Pope John Paul II was eliminated from the DII-AA tournament with an 8-4 loss to Girls Preparatory School.
A number of area athletes made their way to Friday’s championship matches with a pair of victories. The rundown:
• Christ Presbyterian Academy sophomore Sydney Campbell breezed through the A-AA girls quarterfinals and semifinals 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0, respectively.
• CPA’s Morgan Atkinson, a freshman, and Katherine Schofield, a sophomore, won 2-6, 6-2, 10-7 and 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in A-AA girls doubles.
• Ravenwood sophomore Sean Karl eased to 6-0, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-1 triumphs in AAA boys singles.
• Centennial senior Kaylene Chadwell made her way through the AAA girls singles bracket with 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1 victories.
• Ravenwood’s Iris Hao, a freshman, and Lauren Caballero, a junior, did not drop a game and won 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0 in AAA girls doubles.
• University School of Nashville junior Michael King cruised to 6-0, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-3 victories in DII-A boys singles.
• Franklin Road Academy’s Nathan Stein and Trey Williamson, one of two teams of seniors in the DII-A boys doubles field, advanced with 6-2, 7-5 and 6-2, 7-1 victories.
• Montgomery Bell Academy’s Russell Anderson, a senior, and Andrew Karpos, a sophomore, got through in DII-AA boys doubles with 6-1, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-1 victories.
• University School of Nashville fell behind in the fourth minute and ultimately lost 2-0 to Evangelical Christian School in a matchup of unbeaten teams in the DII-A championship contest.
USN (19-1) was outshot 11-8 and managed just two corner kicks while ECS (19-0-3) had six.
Track and field
State champions from Thursday’s competition included:
• Christ Presbyterian Academy — freshman Megan Roach, A-AA pole vault (11-1).
• East Literature — junior Kanellar Carney, A-AA high jump (5-4); sophomore Jada Curbeam, A-AA triple jump (37-1).
• Stratford — junior Tyesha Jones, A-AA discus (127-3).
• Harpeth Hall — junior Katelyn Williams, DII discus (133-8); junior Margaret McDowell, DII pole vault (11-7).
• University School of Nashville — senior Jordan Lavender, DII long jump (19-½).
• Ensworth — junior Rejean Rouse, DII shot put (40-5); junior Nikki Gittens, DII high jump (5-6).
• Hunters Lane — senior Michele Cumings, AAA shot put (43-6) and AAA discus (143-7).