Silverdale falls in final, finishes Class A runner-up
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Silverdale Academy's wild ride into history came to a quiet end Friday afternoon at Middle Tennessee State University.
Brennan Swindoll handcuffed the Seahawks across a seven-hit shutout and Friendship Christian made the most of its few opportunities to claim the Class A state baseball championship with a 4-0 win at Spring Fling.
The contest marked the first state final appearance in any sport for Silverdale, capping a banner season with a program-best state runner-up finish.
"It was just an awesome year," said head coach John Adcock. "We had never even won the district before, but this year we won district and regionals and made it all the way here. It's been a great ride.
"I know they're a little upset right now about the outcome, but I couldn't be prouder of them."
With senior ace Reid Clements unavailable to pitch after Thursday's complete game victory and fellow standout starter Spencer Mossburg available for only limited innings, the Seahawks gave the ball to Joey Szollosi for the biggest game in program history.
He turned in a gutsy performance, surrendering only two runs over the first five innings to keep the Seahawks within striking distance.
"Joey's been one of our main guys all year along with Spencer and Reid, so we knew he could come out and do well against them," Adcock said of Szollosi, who fell behind 2-0 in the second after allowing Tanner Martin's RBI-double and Gunner Osborne's RBI-single. "You just have to give them credit, though, they hit the ball a little better than we did and came through in key moments when they needed to."
Szollosi struck out seven and scattered eight hits, but made two crucial mistakes that led to the Commanders' final two runs in the sixth. His throwing error on a sacrifice bunt scored Caleb Snider for a 3-0 lead, then his wild pitch to the next batter brought Michael Hawks across for a four-run advantage.
Mossburg came in with two outs in the frame and recorded the final four outs.
The Seahawks had opportunities to rally in the final two innings, but Swindoll refused to buckle under the pressure. The Chattanooga State signee recorded back-to-back strikeouts to leave the bases loaded in the sixth, then mowed down Szollosi for the game's final out with two runners on base.
Swindoll pounded the strikezone with 77 strikes on 103 pitches en route to nine strikeouts.
"He's a great pitcher," Adcock said. "We probably could have put on a squeeze or something like that to get something going, but he kept the handcuffs on us pretty good."
Josiah Green and Jordan Delashmitt each had two hits for the Seahawks, who were trying to become the first Chattanooga team in more than three decades to win a Class A title.
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