MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Silverdale Academy bounced back from an embarrassing blowout loss by making more history Thursday afternoon.
Decatur County Riverside handed the Seahawks their first loss of the week with an 18-1 rout, but Silverdale rallied to win the rematch 6-2 to eliminate the three-time defending state champs and clinch a spot in the Class A state championship game for the first time in program history.
The Seahawks, who are making their first-ever appearance at Spring Fling, will play Friendship Christian for the state title at 12pm ET Friday at Middle Tennessee State University. The Commanders beat Knoxville Grace 12-1 on Friday on the other side of the bracket.
Reid Clements tossed his second complete game in three days to lead Silverdale to the win. He scattered six hits and allowed just two runs (one earned) while striking out ten.
Clements also went the distance in Silverdale's 5-1 win over Rockwood in the opening round. He now has 26 strikeouts in 14 Spring Fling innings.
Chance Brown and Colton Rogers each had two hits and combined to drive in five runs to fuel the Seahawks' 11-hit attack. Brown snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth with an RBI groundout, and Rogers followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
The duo delivered a pair of RBI-singles an inning later to push the advantage to 4-1, and Brown drove in another run when he reached on an error in the seventh.
Jordan Delashmitt, Matt Millard and Clements also finished with two hits apiece. Delashmitt capped the Seahawks' scoring with an RBI-single in the seventh.
The victory was quite a turn-around from Thursday afternoon's opener, in which Riverside scored 18 runs off 13 hits and six Silverdale errors. The defending champs blew it open with nine runs in the second inning and cruised the rest of the way.
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