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Tracking teams through the 2022 State Tournament 

Photos by Red Bardes

Special to
The Herald-Independent 

• BASEBALL

After a District tournament championship, Region championship, and Sectional championship; Collierville High baseball continued its success in their opening game of the 2022 state tournament on Tuesday. 

The Diamond Dragons defeated Riverdale on Tuesday to advance into the winner’s bracket.

With the win, Collierville has now won 12 straight.

The Dragons grabbed an early lead in the first inning by putting up three runs in the top half. The game eventually became tied in the 4th at 4-4. Six innings later and into the 10th, Collierville broke up the tie by plating two. Grayson Saunier doubled, Thomas Crabtree was intentionally walked, and pinch hitter Tyler Johns smoked a two-run double into the right-centerfield gap for the game-winning RBI.

Crabtree started on the hill for the Dragons and went four innings. Relief from Keaton Baird and Scotty Wyatt was clutch. Baird went four innings, without surrounding a run, and struck out four. Wyatt picked up the win two innings of work. The deceptive right-hander did not allow a hit, or a walk, and fanned a pair.

Crabtree was 3-for-4 at the plate. Senior shortstop Cade Leatherwood had two hits.

Collierville’s opponent in the winner’s bracket was still to be determined. 

Farragut and Hendersonville were suspended due to weather. The game was scheduled to resume play on Wednesday morning. Riverdale gets the loser immediately after and then the Dragons meet the winner.

• SOCCER 

The Collierville High mens’ soccer team, led by juniors Luke Johnson and Dawson Davis, defeated Knoxville West 3-1 on Tuesday night at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro. The Dragons took a 2-0 lead prior to intermission with an unassisted goal by Johnson eight minutes and 43 seconds into the game. His offensive counterpart, Davis, then struck the back of the net with swift passing from Austin Radar and Cooper Williams.

Senior Micah Soper added the team’s third goal in the second half.

Knoxville West scored their lone goal with five minutes prior to completion.

Collierville was scheduled to face Brentwood on Wednesday.

• TENNIS

Collierville tennis opened the TSSAA State Tournament on a positive note, sweeping Hendersonville 4-0 on Tuesday at Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro.

With the win, Collierville advances to the Division 1-AA final for the second year in a row. Dragons got singles wins from defending state champ Ranjay Arul, Ajay Arul, Tristan Kelly and Ansh Sampat.

The title match versus Ravenwood was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. 

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