CARY, N.C. – If there’s one way to end a tournament and head home on a good note, Tullahoma (Tenn.) High found it.
The Wildcats brought out their bats and sent Florida Christian (Miami) High packing early in an 11-1 rout shortened due to the enforcement of the mercy rule. The showing was a complete-team effort, seeing six different players notch hits and seven contributors driving in runs.
Tullahoma went through its batting order in the first inning and plated six runs along the way, before adding three more in the fifth and one in the bottom of the sixth to end the game with the mercy.
Zach Lampkin led the Wildcats offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base. Tyler Burns was the only other Tullahoma player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
The bulk of the damage was done against Florida Christian starter Michael Campos. The junior righthander only finished two-thirds of an inning, allowing six runs (four earned) on two hits with one strikeout.
Gaby Urrutia, Anthony Lopez and Javy Naranjo combined to throw the final 4 1/3 frames of the game for the Patriots, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits with four walks and one strikeout.
Ruben Someillan and Michael Fernandez did what damage Florida Christian could do in the matchup, each going 2-for-3. Fernandez knocked in the only Patriots run of the game.
Tullahoma sent Justin Brown to the mound for their final game of the tournament. The righty went five innings and gave up one run on eight hits, walking two and striking out three. RJ Moore came on in relief of Brown and completed one perfect frame with one strikeout.