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9-AAA BASEBALL -- 'Cats will play for title

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Wednesday at Drakes Creek Park
Already assured of a berth in the Region 5-AAA tournament, Wilson Central will play for the District 9-AAA title Wednesday -- taking on Hendersonville High. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Hendersonville's Drakes Creek Park.

A three seed, the Wildcats improved to 20-9-1 by eliminating Mt. Juliet 4-1 Monday evening in the finals of the South Bracket.

Sophomore Ryan Hill went the distance and limited the Golden Bears to just four hits. He struck out two and walked two as his teammates played sterling defense behind him.

"Ryan has thrown well for us all year," said WCHS head coach Anthony Ford, "he's been our third starter and has even come in to close a game or two. First and foremost, he throws strikes and is a competitor."

Nursing a 1-0 lead, the Wildcats broke the game open with a three-spot in the botton of the fourth as Dawson Hamilton drove in a run with a double and two batters later pinch hitter Drew Trice clubbed a ground rule double, driving in two.

"Drew smashed it," Ford said. "That's a tough spot, but he delivered for the second game in a row."

Hill escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth as Mt. Juliet scored its only run.

Leadoff man Peyton Haynes singled, stole second and moved to third on an infield single by Aaron Brown. Haynes scored on a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Alex Deriggi on a game changing play by shortstop Cullen Smith, who ranged deep in the hole and managed to get a force at second to prevent a big inning.

"Culley made a heck of a play to get us off the hook in the sixth," Ford said.

Sean Hunley (3-2) started and took the loss for Mt. Juliet -- who ended the season 22-12 overall.

Mt. Juliet 7, Beech 2
MT. JULIET -- Ripping Beech pitching for 11 hits, Mt. Juliet reached the South Bracket finals with a 7-2 victory over the Bucs Monday afternoon.

Aaron Brown went two-for-three with a double and two RBI for Mt. Juliet while Sean Hunley and Daniel Graves each added a pair of singled.

Jacob Cole (5-1) went the distance for the Bears, throwing a two-hitter and striking out two.

Station Camp 17, LHS 7
HENDERSONVILLE -- Station Camp scored five times in the top of the first inning and continued to pour on the runs in Monday's 17-7 elimination game win over Lebanon at Drakes Creek Park.

LHS answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, only to see the Bison push the lead to 12-3 after only three at bats.

The Blue Devils ended the season at 19-14 under first year head coach Eric Vetetoe.

WCHS 5, Mt. Juliet 4
MT. JULIET -- A pinch hit RBI double by Drew Trice in the top of the ninth broke open a tie game and lifted Wilson Central to a 5-4 win over Mt. Juliet Saturday in the winner's bracket finals.

The clutch hit made a winner of senior A.J. Franklin who worked the entire game, scattering five hits and striking out four.

He pitched around seven walks, but did not give up and earned run.

Down 2-0 early, WCHS battled back with three in the top of the third as Smith, Tony Pfefferle, Hamilton and Franklin produced four consecutive singles.

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