KINGSPORT — Top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan ended Virginia Intermont’s Cinderella run through the Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball tournament Friday by defeating the seventh-seeded Cobras 10-1 in the championship game at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The Bulldogs (43-16) had to climb out of the losers bracket after suffering their first loss in the tournament since 2006, but they still earned their seventh straight tourney title.
Wesleyan played its way back into the championship by taking out No. 5 seed Reinhardt (26-30) with an 8-1 decision earlier Friday.
Virginia Intermont (29-18) won its pool with a 3-0 run that carried the Cobras to the title game.
Wesleyan outhit VI just 11-10, but used a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth and a three-run fifth inning to put away the victory and seal a berth in the NAIA tournament.
Josh McCray finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Bulldogs. Aaron Stubblefield went 2-for-4 and drove in two.
Brian Bardis picked the victory, allowing one earned run on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Fabian Placencia led the Cobras’ offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Seth Davis went 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Among the players making the all-tournament team were Placencia, Taylor McInnis and Brandon Palmer of VI and Hunter Carpenter of Milligan.