Baylor and Central softball advance at Spring Fling, Ooltewah must win and Whitwell's out

Baylor celebrates after a scoring play against St. Benedict. The Lady Red Raiders 12-1 victory advances then to the winner's bracket game against GPS on Thursday (Photo WTVC)

The Baylor Lady Red Raiders took their first step to defending their state title.

They routed St. Benedict 12-1 behind four home runs and 17 hits.

Baylor faces GPS Thursday in the winner's bracket game.

Meanwhile, Signal Mountain's baseball team saw its season come to a close.

Lexington jumped on them early, scoring five runs in the first inning.

Lexington went on to an 11-0 victory.

In class A, Whitwell had to win to stay alive. Early on, Maddie Jordan hit a double to drive the Lady Tigers up 5-2.

But in the next inning, Jackson Christian's Sophie Dunavant connected on a two-run home run. The Lady Eagles surged to a substantial lead, but the Lady Tigers

chipped away and had the go-ahead run at the plate in the bottom of the 7th inning. The comeback fell short 10-9 and Whitwell's season ends.

In class AA, Chattanooga Central had to win against Dyersburg. In the fourth inning, Jaleesa Smith connected on a line drive to plate a run. That's all the Lady

Pounders needed for the 1-0 victory.

Ooltewah was involved in the most dramatic game of the day against Gibbs.

The two teams were tied at three going intot the bottom of the 7th. Gibbs freshman Macey Hughes hit a walk-off grand slam for a 7-3 victory. Ooltewah must win Thursday to continue its season.