Silverdale Debuts In Class A State Baseball Tourney With 5-1 Win

Clements Subdues Rockwood In Opener As Brown Supplies Punch

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - by Larry Fleming
Reid Clements pitched his team to a 5-1 Class A opening round win.
Reid Clements pitched his team to a 5-1 Class A opening round win.
- photo by Greg Davick

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Silverdale Baptist Academy Seahawks appeared in their first Class A state baseball tournament game Tuesday afternoon and played liked they had been here before.

Senior Reid Clements effectively scattered five hits and struck out 12 as top-ranked Silverdale knocked of Rockwood, 5-1, in a first-round game played before a capacity crowd at Middle Tennessee Christian’s Joe Baron Field.

“Well, another first,” Seahawks coach Jonathan Adcock said of his team’s inaugural appearance in the Spring Fling – a centralized site to determines 40-plus state titles. “Reid was fantastic. The defense was fantastic, we got the hits when we needed them and put pressure on them early. It was a great team win. We had a lot of players contribute and that’s our game.”

The Seahawks have  claimed their first district, region and sectional championships in the last few weeks. Now, they’ve notched a state tournament win to boot, and they have won those games by a combined score of 29-2.

On a day when afternoon storms knocked down trees and knocked out power downtown causing a traffic nightmare in sections of the city two hours before the scheduled first pitch, the Seahawks weathered a 62-minute delay starting the game and cruised into the second round.

After the playing surface was made playable, the teams played under bright sunlight throughout the game.

Silverdale (27-2-1) will play Decatur County on Wednesday at 1:30 Chattanooga time. Decatur County defeated Summertown, 4-2, in the game following Silverdale and Rockwood. Summerton (31-6) takes on Rockwood (28-5) at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Decatur County has a 16-2 record in the state tournament and has won three titles in four appearances, including last year.

Senior Spencer Mossburg, like Clements 8-0 on the mound this season, will pitch Wednesday’s game against Decatur County, Adcock said.

Mossburg welcomes the challenge.

“I’m confident in the defense behind me and knowing I have to throw strikes,” he said. “I don’t really feel pressure to upstage Reid, but I’m ready to go.”

Clements, who spent the entire 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow – he had a few at-bats as a designated hitter, had problems locating his fastball early, but relied heavily on a breaking ball that had the Tigers whiffing at air.

The hard-throwing right-hander, who nailed down a 6-0 win with a two-hitter against Trousdale County on Friday as the Seahawks clinched a spot in the state tournament, gave up a leadoff single in the first inning, but then struck out three Tigers.

That set the tempo for the rest of the game.

Another Tiger single started the second. But Jared Breazeale, Clements’ opposing mound mate, was thrown out trying to steal second by Silverdale catcher Josh Bankston. Clements struck out Hunter Robbins and Jordan Breazeale grounded out.

Clements allowed three runners in the third, but fanned Rockwood catcher Tavin Napier for the second time.

Clements was firing fastballs high, in the dirt and caroms off the dirt into the backstop, but his curveball was like old faithful – it just kept on coming at the Tigers, who couldn’t handle it.

“It was very slippery on the mound at first because of the rain,” Clements said of his errant fastball. “But I found it at the end. My curve was good enough to get by, I guess.”

In addition to striking out three Tigers in the first inning, Clements also struck out the side in the fifth when he started to drastically cut down the number of pitches he was using to keep Rockwood at bay.

Through four innings Clements used 75 pitches, 44 for strikes.

Over the final three frames, the Silverdale ace needed just 41 pitches and 30 were strikes. He faced only 11 batters in the closing innings, two over the minimum.

He gave up a single starting the sixth, but Seahawks second baseman Jordan Delashmitt started a 4-3 double play by tagging out Napier and firing to first to get Hayden Freels for the second out. Clements struck out Jared Breazeale to end the inning.

In the seventh, Clements got two quick outs, but Matt Cofer kept the Tigers alive with a flare to right field and Christian Domon, the ninth-place hitter, walked. In fitting fashion, Clements fanned leadoff batter Hunter Grant to end the game.

“We knew Rockwood had a good offense and that’s why we threw Reid,” Adcock said. “They hit the ball, but he was able to spread them around. We did a good job of keeping people off the bases.”

Rockwood coach Jake Witter felt Clements’ curveball was a big key in the outcome.

“Their kid threw extremely well and we tip our hat to him,” Witter said. “We were not able to lay off that breaking ball and that’s something we’ve done a good job at all year. We got a little impatient because we couldn’t get anything going offensively, but I’m telling you that’s a pretty darn good curve he was throwing at us.”

With Clements stifling and frustrating the Tigers’ offense, which led the state with 11.2 runs per game, according to the coachT.com website, the Seahawks, ranked sixth in the state with an average of nine runs per outing, pecked away at Breazeale to take the lead.

In the third, it was a little less than pecking.

Mossburg drew a walk, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scoffed when Joey Szollosi reached on a fielder’s choice.

Silverdale made the most of two hits in the fourth to stretch its lead to 3-0.

Right-fielder Chance Brown, the only player on either team to get more than one hit, reached on an infield hit. He rambled all the way home on Jordan Delashmitt’s double to left that Rockwood’s Hunter Robbins misplayed. Robbins came in on the ball and it sailed over his head and rolled to the fence.

Delashmitt went to third on Breazeale’s wild pitch and scored on another errant throw in the dirt.

Silverdale, the state’s No. 1-ranked Class A team in the latest coacht.com poll, capped the scoring in the fifth.

Breazeale hit Szollosi and Josiah Green’s sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. Clements walked and with two out Brown slapped a single into right and Szollosi scored to push the lead to 4-1. Cody Thomas, running for Clements, raced to third on Brown’s clutch hit.

“I think our lineup is strong throughout,” said Brown, who batted in the seventh spot and contributed his two hits, one RBI and one run scored. “We don’t have any weak hitters and this really feels great to be a part of our first state win in history.”

Colton Rogers reached safely on Grant’s throwing error from shortstop and Thomas scored the game’s final run.

Rockwood’s lone run came in the fourth when Freels singled, went to second on Delashmitt’s throwing error and scored on Jordan Breazeale’s fielder’s choice.

                                                       BlueCross Spring Fling

                                      Silverdale Baptist vs Rockwood High School

                                May 21, 2013 at Murfreesboro TN (Joe Baron Field)

Silverdale Baptist 5 (27-2)                        Rockwood High School 1 (25-8)

Player                                                AB  R  H BI     Player                                               AB  R  H BI

Spencer Mossburg cf........  2  1  1  0       Hunter Grant ss............  4  0  1  0

Josh Bankston c............  1  0  0  0       Riley Clem 2b..............  2  0  0  0

 Joe Blair pr..............  0  0  0  0       Tavin Napier c.............  3  0  1  0

Joey Szollosi ss...........  3  1  0  1       Hayden Freels 1b...........  3  1  1  0

Josiah Green 3b............  2  0  0  0       Jared Breazeale p/cf.......  3  0  1  0

Reid Clements p............  2  0  0  0       Hunter Robbins lf..........  3  0  0  0

 Cody Thomas pr............  0  1  0  0       Jordan Breazeale rf........  3  0  0  1

Matt Millard lf............  4  0  0  0       Matt Cofer 3b..............  3  0  1  0

Chance Brown rf............  3  1  2  1       Christian Domon dh.........  1  0  0  0

Colton Rogers 1b...........  4  0  0  0       Justin Domon cf............  0  0  0  0

Jordan Delashmitt 2b.......  3  1  1  1        Tyler McGill p/pr.........  0  0  0  0

Totals..................... 24  5  4  3       Totals..................... 25  1  5  1

 

Score by Innings                                         R  H  E

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Silverdale Baptist.. 001 220 0 -  5  4  1

Rockwood High School 000 100 0 -  1  5  3

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E - Delashmitt; Grant; Freels; Breazeale,Ja. DP - Seahawks 1. LOB - Seahawks 9;

Tigers 6. 2B - Delashmitt. HBP - Szollosi. SH - Bankston; Green; Brown. SB -

Mossburg 2; Blair; Szollosi; Green; Rogers. CS - Breazeale,Ja.

 

Silverdale Baptist             IP  H  R ER BB SO     

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Reid Clements  W...........   7.0  5  1  0  3 12    

 

Rockwood High School           IP  H  R ER BB SO   

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Jared Breazeale  L.........   5.2  4  5  4  7  2    

Tyler McGill ..............   1.1  0  0  0  0  0    

 

WP - Clements 2; Breazeale,Ja 4. HBP - by Breazeale,Ja (Szollosi).

Strikeouts - Millard; Rogers; Grant 2; Clem 2; Napier 2; Freels; Breazeale,Ja;

Robbins 2; Cofer; Domon, C.. Walks - Mossburg 2; Bankston 2; Green; Clements 2;

Clem; Domon, C. 2.

Start: 6:02   Time: 1:53    

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 

 




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