The 2020 Spring Fling was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the weeklong festival of TSSAA state championships returned in 2021. Baylor was once again a force as the softball and baseball teams extended their title streaks while the girls' tennis team's run at 10 straight state championships fell just short.
Dynastic Raiders Win 14th, Sixth Straight, Softball Championship
The Baylor softball dynasty continued in 2021 as the Raiders eased to a sixth consecutive state championship beating Chattanooga Christian once and GPS twice, with a combined score of 27-1, in the state tournament. The Baylor bats busted 38 hits while Raider pitching held their opponents to just three in the three games of the tourney.
The Raiders won their first 19 games this season and finished with a 27-1 record. Baylor has now won 14 state championships in softball and is the winner of the last six titles. Baylor coach Kelli Smith '95 has been part of all 14, the 1993 and 1994 titles as a player and the other 12 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021) as a coach.
Baylor “Three-Peats” at State Baseball
The Baylor baseball team pitched and powered its way to a third straight state championship in 2021, cruising to a 27-4 record and outscoring their opponents – Brentwood Academy, McCallie, and Briarcrest – 20-2 in the three-game state tournament for the title. The Raiders used only four pitchers in the tourney who allowed just two runs on 11 hits, struck out 28, and walked only two in 21 innings. Meanwhile the Baylor offense pounded out 28 hits in the three games including five doubles, a triple, and two home runs.
The state championship is the fifth for Baylor baseball. The Raiders won back-to-back crowns in 2018 and 2019 adding to titles in 2003 and 2006.
Raider Reign Ends, Baylor Girls are State Runner-Up
For the first time in a decade, the D-II state champion in girls' tennis is not Baylor. The Raiders' state title streak ended at nine this spring as Knox Catholic prevailed 4-1 in a closer-than-it-sounds state championship match. Baylor finished the year 9-2, with both losses coming to Knox Catholic, and saw the title streak end at nine with championships in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Baylor also has girls' tennis state championships in 1993, 1996, 1999, and 2000.