published Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Three area baseball teams rally in Fling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Soddy-Daisy, Baylor and South Pittsburg rebounded from first-night losses to advance this morning while Polk County was eliminated in the Spring Fling baseball tournament.

South Pittsburg eliminated Class A foe Grace Christian 7-4 behind pitcher Hunter Giles, who got his 11th win of the year, and Jacob Toney, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs.

Polk County had an early lead but gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth in a Class AA 6-5 loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville.

Soddy-Daisy got home runs from Talon Harris and James Fowlkes — pushing each to 18 for the year — and a strong relief pitching performance from Ryan Johnson in a 9-8 win over Mt. Juliet in Class AAA.

Baylor banged out 18 hits in a 10-2 decision over Brentwood Academy in Division II with Gavin Gibson, Brandon Robertson and Zach McKelvey contributing three hits each.

Contact Ward Gossett at or 423-886-4765.

See Wednesday’s Times Free Press for complete details.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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