ROSSVILLE, Ga. (WRCB) -- Dakota Hudson struck out six across three shutout innings of relief to earn Most Valuable Player honors as Tennessee held off rival Georgia 5-4 in the annual Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Baseball Classic at Ridgeland High School.
Hudson, a Sequatchie County star who was drafted late in the MLB Draft but plans to enroll at Mississippi State, also drove in his team's first run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third.
Tennessee scored four runs in the inning en route to open a 4-1 lead before holding on for its fourth straight win in the series. One of Georgia's three errors did the most damage when a chopper from Central's Dominique Dawson caromed away from Heritage shortstop Lee Gibson to score two runs.
McCallie's Tanner Buchanan followed with an RBI-single to push the lead to three.
Silverdale's Spencer Mossburg was Tennessee's Player of the Game with two hits and two stolen bases. He also tossed a scoreless inning on the mound as the Volunteer state's starting pitcher.
Central's Ryan Poole was the only other Tennessee player to have a multi-hit game. The Sewanee-bound catcher finished with a pair of singles.
McEachern's Dalton Geekie was named Georgia's Player of the Game after recording six strikeouts in two innings of relief. His effort allowed Georgia to claw back within a run with single tallies in the third, seventh and eighth innings, but Baylor's Colton Jumper stranded the tying run at third in the bottom of the ninth to secure Tennessee's win and pick up the save.
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe's Cole Ellis, Gordon Lee's Tanner Sexton and Ridgeland's Trey Hill each drove in a run in the loss.
Ooltewah's Chase Morrissey added an RBI in the sixth to cap Tennessee's scoring.