MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Murfreesboro Central jolted Hixson for seven runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Wildcats in a Class AA sectional baseball game Saturday night.
Tigers starter Alex Ropp and a reliever combined on a two-hitter and the Wildcats committed four errors.
The Tigers (31-9) advanced to the state tournament that begins Tuesday in Murfreesboro.
Hixson’s season ended at 22-13.
“It would have been more disappointing if we hadn’t run into such a good team,” Hixson coach Colton Green said in a telephone interview. “It’s hard to be disappointed when you’re district champions and go to sub-state. We’ve had a good season.”
The Tigers’ McKenzie Jackson and Darek Sargent each hit solo home runs off Wildcats pitching ace Alex Prewitt in a four-run first inning. Murfreesboro Central tacked on three runs in the second and breezed to a win that stretched its winning streak to 14.
Hixson 000 000 0 – 0 2 4
Murf. Central Magnet 430 101 x – 9 8 0
Prewitt and Gilkey; Ropp WP.
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