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Spring Fling 2019

State Baseball: Nolensville exits first state tourney in the semis

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State Baseball – Nolensville vs. Elizabethton, Class AA First Round

MURFREESBORO – A chance for an all-District 12 Class AA state baseball championship was wiped away with Nolensville’s loss in the semifinals Thursday against Covington at Blackman High School.

The Knights, making their state debut this week, needed two wins against the Chargers, but dropped a 7-3 decision to end their season. District rival Forrest fell to Sequatchie County 6-1, but rebounded to win 4-2 and advance to Friday’s championship. The Rockets lost to Nolensville in both the district final and Region 6-AA championship earlier this postseason.

Covington (33-7) beat the Knights for a second time in the state tournament. The Chargers recorded a 12-4 victory on Wednesday in the second round, forcing the Knights to take the back door route for the rematch. Nolensville took down Elizabethton for a second time 4-3 later Wednesday to earn another shot at Covington.

The Knights led 2-1 after the first Thursday, but the Chargers plated three runs in the second and two more in the third to build a 6-3 lead. Weston Martin, Carter Davis and Austin Baskin all notched home runs in the contest for Covington.

Martin went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the second. Davis had a leadoff hit clear the fence for the Chargers to open the second and Baskin homered in the first. Covington out-hit the Knights 10-5 and overcame three errors.

Nolensville stranded eight runners. Tyler Hammond went 2-for-3 with and RBI-double. Jackson Hill also drove in a run.

The Knights ended the season with a 23-16 record.

Covington meets Forest in the championship Friday at 2 p.m.

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