The exciting first day of the TSSAA Spring Fling comes to an end

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Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – A big day for high schools in Tennessee as the Spring Fling began, with several Knoxville-area teams vying for potential championships in five different sports.

Baseball

Loudon started the day for Knoxville-area schools by taking on Watertown in Game 1 of the double-elimination tournament for baseball bracket 2A. The lone run of that game came in the third inning for Watertown as their pitchers pitched a combined game of 10 strikeouts. Loudon takes on the Adamsville Cardinals tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Pigeon Forge High School is also in contention for a 2A Championship as they opened the tournament against the White House Heritage Patriots. The Tigers quickly took a 5-0 lead and held the lead for the rest of the game winning 8-6 over the Patriots. Pigeon Forge takes on the winner of the game Forrest High School vs. Riverside High School tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

Powell and Houston started and were a pitching duel from start to finish as both pitchers threw gems tonight. Houston would eventually get the best of Powell’s pitcher Conner Bryson as they progressed through the winners’ group winning 2-0. Powell will face Centennial at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Farragut and Hendersonville took to the field before the weather started to set in and it was Hendersonville who took an early lead over the Farragut Admirals. Late in the third, Farragut had come within a point before lightning was spotted in the area, delaying the game. The game will resume at that time at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Soft ball

The Alcoa Tornadoes won in walk-off mode tonight, as Trinity Hodge senior got the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to advance the Tornadoes to the second round. The 4-3 victory over the Riverside Panthers marks the first-ever state tournament victory in the history of their softball programs. Alcoa, coached by Lady Vol legend Sarah Fekete, will face Community High at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Oliver Springs’ second appearance in the state tournament started in spectacular fashion. The Bobcats met the Peabody Golden Tide in the first round of Tournament 1A and won 22-2, dominating the Golden Tide in five innings. The Meagan Armstrong Bobcats led the team with a night of five RBIs, going 4-5 at the flat. Oliver Springs takes on Huntland in the second round at 10:00 a.m.

With a Farragut team on the baseball field, it is the Farragut softball team on the softball field that takes on Stewarts Creek in the first round of the 4A Softball Championship. Admirals Avery Flatford got the nod for this game and did not disappoint. Flatford went the distance allowing three hits and no runs while striking out 16 of the 27 batters she faced. Farragut then won the game 3-0, advancing to the second round where they will face the Springfield Yellowjackets at 11:30 a.m. at Starplex field number four.

Harriman kicked off his state tournament by taking on the Dresden Lions. The Blue Devils ended up losing 5-3 as their late push was just short. Their weekend isn’t over yet as they face the Jo Byrns Red Devils at 10:00 am at McKnight Park.

Tennis

The Gatlinburg-Pittman boys’ tennis team advances to the state championship game after winning a tight game against the Chester County Eagles, 4-2.

The Highlanders will face the Merrol Hyde Hawks for the Class A Championship at 9:00 a.m. at the Adams Tennis Complex.

The ladies of the Knoxville Catholic Tennis team have more than good reason to be excited as they beat Ensworth High School 4-1 to advance to the finals where they will face the Baylor Red Raiders.

All stats and game times can be found at TSSAAsports.com/springfling. Fans can watch all softball games and championship rounds for all sports on the NFHS Network.

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