Hume-Fogg was hoped last year’s showing was start of an upward spiral for a successful baseball run.
Last May, the Knights reached the finals of the District 10-AA tournament, which earned then a spot in the region tournament for the first time in nearly 20 years. This year, the academic school was one of three 10-AA teams that shared the regular-season title.
“Hopefully, we’ve started to build a little tradition here,” third-year coach Cody Ginsberg, whose team is 21-10 this season, said. “It’s been a collective effort by our guys, especially the seniors.”
In Ginsberg’s first season (2011), Hume-Fogg finished over .500 for the first time in years at 14-13. Last year, the Knights went 24-12, believed to be a school record for wins, before they lost to eventual AA state champ Goodpasture in the opening round of the region tournament.
This season they were 7-1 in district play plus had victories over District 12-AAA regular season champ Overton and Division II-A Middle/East Region regular season champ Franklin Road Academy. (Overton will open tournament play against Cane Ridge, 7 p.m. Monday at home).
Up next for Hume-Fogg is a district tournament opener against perennial powerhouse Lipscomb Academy (18-8), 7 p.m. Monday at Rose Park. The projected pitching matchup promises to be a blockbuster battle of right-handers – Hume-Fogg’s Taylor Lockridge (6-2) against Lipscomb’s John Bolton (7-2), a Trevecca Nazarene commitment.
“Taylor has had an excellent season, he has a 1.14 ERA and has only given up nine earned runs all season,” Ginsberg said. “And our catcher, Adam Core, has been superb behind the plate. He’s had an excellent percentage of throwing out runners. Adam Wyse (pitcher/infielder) leads us in every major offensive category.”
Core and Wyse have signed with Dyersburg Junior College.
“Lipscomb is a tough challenge any time you play them. We’ve had some good games with them, and we’re going in with some confidence,” Ginsberg said.
The 10-AA tournament is divided into two sites, four teams at each site. Lipscomb and Hume-Fogg are competing at Rose Park, while Christ Presbyterian Academy, which won the coin flip for first, is at Shelby Park. The Lions’ first game is 7 p.m. Monday.
Only two teams advance to region, which means at least one of the tri-champions – CPA, Lipscomb or Hume-Fogg – will be eliminated from tournament play at the end of the week.
• Maplewood has signed a two-year football contract (games in 2013 and 2014) with powerhouse Alcoa. Both games will be at Alcoa.
• The Class A/AA Middle Tennessee sub-sectional track meets are at two sites this week – the Midstate West division is at Lipscomb Academy track and MLK will host the East division. Both meets Tuesday and Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m.
Top qualifiers advance to the Sectionals next week at the Lipscomb.
• The Division I Middle Region pentathlon and decathlon meet begins Monday at Montgomery Bell Academy, with the pentathlon finals and first five decathlon events. The decathlon finals are Tuesday at MBA.
• In the Midstate A/AA Region track and field meet last week at Lipscomb, senior Jackson Powers of Lipscomb easily won the boys decathlon, scoring 6,087 points. CPA’s Chris Charles was second, and Maplewood’s Wayne Williams third.
M.L. King’s Paige Farrow-Davis won the pentathlon, edging East Nashville’s Jada Curbeam by just 22 points (2,991-2,969). T’Kesha Hagans was a close third.
The top two finishers qualifies for state.
(at Ravenwood High)
4:30 p.m. Ravenwood vs. Brentwood; 7 p.m. Hillsboro vs. Ravenwood-Brentwood loser.
(at Franklin High)
4:30 p.m. Centennial vs. Franklin; 7 p.m. Independence vs. Centennial-Franklin loser.
(at Overton High)
4:30 p.m. Antioch vs. McGavock; 7 p.m. Cane Ridge vs. Overton.
(at White House High)
4:30 p.m. Macon County vs. White House; 7 p.m. Greenbrier vs. Goodpasture.
(at Rose Park)
4:30 p.m. Stratford vs. Maplewood; 7 p.m. Hume-Fogg vs. Lipscomb.
(at Shelby Park)
4:30 p.m. Whites Creek vs. East/MLK loser; 7 p.m. CPA vs. East/MLK winner.
4:30 p.m. DCA at Davidson Academy; Zion Christian at Ezell-Harding.
(at Granny White Park)
5 p.m. Brentwood vs. Centennial; Hillsboro vs. Franklin; 6:30 p.m. Ravenwood vs. winner game 1; Independence vs. winner game 2.
(at Whitfield Park)
3:45 p.m. Antioch vs. McGavock; Hillwood vs. Overton; 5 p.m. Cane Ridge vs. loser game 2.
(at Westmoreland High)
5 p.m. Macon County vs. Sycamore; 7 p.m. Greenbrier vs. Goodpasture.
(at Buena Vista Park)
4:30 p.m. CPA vs. Pearl-Cohn/Stratford; 6:30 p.m. East Nashville vs. ML King.
(at Nashville Christian School)
4:30 p.m. Clarksville Academy-Jo Byrns; 6:30 p.m. NCS-Houston County.
(at Hillwood High)
3:15 p.m. Hillwood vs. Overton; 5:15 p.m. Cane Ridge vs. McGavock; 7:15 p.m. Glencliff vs. Hunters Lane.