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SPRING FLING -- Local baseball, softball teams eliminated Wednesday

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Class AAA baseballBears lose two straightMURFREESBORO -- A couple of roller-coaster losses ended Mt. Juliet's Class AAA baseball run in the BlueCross Spring Fling earlier this week.

The Golden Bears opened tournament play Tuesday night with a 14-10 loss to Farragut High at Siegel. Mt. Juliet led 5-0 before the Admirals mounted a comeback and turned the contest into a slugfest thanks to an eight-run outburst in the fourth.

Surprising Riverdale High eliminated Mt. Juliet 4-3 Wednesday morning. The win marked the first for the Warriors in five trips to the state tournament.

Riverdale led 4-0, but Cody Carr singled and scored on Zach Tompkins single to make it 4-1 after five innings. Mt. Juliet then scored two more in the bottom of the seventh as Tomkins grounded out to score Carr, who had reached on a fielders choice.

Kyle Smith singled in Hunter Gilbert, who had reached on an error -- but the Bears couldnt force extra innings.

Class A baseballKnox Grace 11, Friendship 3MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christians dreams of a fourth state championship in a single school year were dashed Wednesday as Knox Grace ousted the Commanders (37-4) from the Class A state baseball tournament 11-3 at Riverdale.

Xander Helton and Bryson Slagle combined for five hits and seven RBIs for Grace. Slagle added a three-run homer. The Rams broke open a 1-1 contest with four runs in the fourth before scoring six more times in the sixth inning.

Friendship starter Austin Godwin (8-1) worked three and two-thirds innings and was tagged with the loss.

On Tuesday, FCS dropped a 2-1 decision to Huntingdon -- falling in 10 innings. Brennan Swindoll started and went nine and scattered eight hits, before giving way to Caleb Snider (7-2) who was saddled with the loss.

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