MURFREESBORO — Dobyns-Bennett’s baseball team had plenty of chances in the first round of the TSSAA Class AAA baseball tournament Tuesday night, but the Tribe was unable to cash in.
The Indians left the bases loaded three times, stranded a total of 11 runners and fell 6-1 to Brentwood, which recorded its first-ever victory in the state tournament behind a stellar effort by pitcher Clay Harris.
D-B will face Riverdale on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Eastern after the Warriors came out on the wrong end of an 8-4 decision against Collierville on Tuesday. The loser of Wednesday’s game will be eliminated.
The Tribe jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Austin Dayton connected on an RBI single. The inning could have been much bigger, but D-B left the bases loaded.
After Brentwood’s Bryan Reynolds launched a solo homer in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1, the Tribe threatened again in the second. A pair of walks and a Brentwood error loaded the bases with nobody out before Harris calmly retired three straight Indians to get out of the inning unscathed.
From there, Harris found his groove and didn’t allow another hit until the sixth. In the meantime, the Bruins got busy putting some runs on the board.
Brentwood took a 2-1 lead on a throwing error in the bottom of the second and then provided Harris with some insurance runs by batting around in the bottom of the fourth. The Bruins used three hits, four walks, a couple of stolen bases, two wild pitches and a passed ball to generate the four runs that changed the complexion of the game.
When the dust cleared, the Bruins were up 6-1.
The Indians threatened one more time in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs, but a groundout allowed Harris to escape one final time.
Harris went the distance for Brentwood (30-16), allowing one earned run on five hits.
Kyle Reeves (7-2) took the loss for the Tribe after being lifted with one out in the disastrous fourth frame.
Dayton finished with two hits for D-B. A.J. Anderson came on in relief of Reeves and allowed no runs on one hit in 2 2-3 innings of work.