McCallie baseball team overcomes ace's injury to make deep state run

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - McCallie's baseball team has been of the biggest surprises at this week's TSSAA Spring Fling.

The Blue Tornado's odds of making a deep run in Division II-AA looked bleak when they lost star senior pitcher Austin Breedlove to injury during their second game of the postseason, a 3-2 loss to Pope John Paul II in a first-round series two weeks ago. However, a deep staff has not let its fallen ace down as juniors Grayson Smith and Olin Johnson have delivered huge performances to help spur a five-game winning streak heading into Friday's championship round of the double-elimination state tournament at Wilson Central High School.

McCallie needs to win just one more game to be crowned champion, while its opponent will have to beat the Blue Tornado twice to secure the title.