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Boiling Springs baseball to play for Upper State title

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Boiling Springs—The Boiling Springs baseball team started off hot and hasn’t cooled since. The Bulldogs won a pair of preseason tournaments before capturing a region championship and adding a district title in the playoffs.

The team advanced into the Class 5A Upper State bracket and staved off elimination against Westside to reach the state semifinals. Now the Bulldogs (25-4) must defeat Northwestern twice on the road to keep the season alive.

“It’s truly been a wonderful year. Our kids have competed at the highest level,” head coach Jeff Lipscomb said. “These kids hate to lose. They work hard and they’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do. They know we’re two wins away from playing for a state championship and I promise you they’re going to lay it all on the line.”

Boiling Springs lost to the Trojans, 4-0, on May 5, but hope to change those fortunes this time around.

“We didn’t make plays the other day. We got ourselves in a hole and probably made five errors. We’ll be better defensively this time. They’re a great team. They’ve got pitching as good as I’ve ever seen in high school baseball. They swing the bat. We’ve just got to make the plays when they do hit it. If we can win game one, that will put the pressure on them,” Lipscomb said.

The shutout was surprising considering the Bulldogs have hit the ball well all season. Catcher John Mike Faile has rarely been fooled, racking up nine home runs and 53 runs batted in with a .500 average. Michael Bollinger (.415, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 24 R, 19 2B, 10 SB) has also been a threat in the middle of the lineup.

“(Faile) has just been on fire the whole year. He leads the state in RBIs and home runs and is second in doubles. He and Michael have carried us,” Lipscomb said.

 The pitching staff has been a steady group this spring as well. Dawson Taylor, Justin Brasher and Adam Leiszler have kept Boiling Springs in nearly every game they’ve thrown. Taylor is 7-1 with a 1.45 earned run average, Brasher is 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA, and Leiszler is 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA.

“They’ve been very consistent. Our No. 3 guy is undefeated. Our pitching has been strong all year long,” Lipscomb said.

Regardless of the outcome of the Upper State finals, the Bulldogs have accomplished plenty to be proud of.

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