Central sweeps Station Camp
MT. JULIET -- Lebanon High's baseball team earned a split of its District 9-AAA series with Mt. Juliet Wednesday, April 13 scoring three runs in the top of the sixth for a 5-4 victory over the Golden Bears.
The win marked the first for LHS over Mt. Juliet since 2010 when Coach Tracy Slone's team turned the trick in a 2-1 game.
"There in the fifth, we dropped a routine fly ball on the infield and they took the lead at 3-2," said Blue Devil coach Eric Vetetoe.
"It was good to see the guys put that behind them and scratch out some runs the next inning."
Junior Daniel Holmes (5-0) kept the Bears at bay on seven hits while striking out eight. He walked four, but two were intentional passes to Mt. Juliet's three-hole hitter Aaron Brown.
"I can't say enough about the job Daniel did," Vetetoe said. "He's really worked hard at keeping the ball down in the zone."
Chase Andrews had a pair of hits and an RBI for LHS while Bryce Lester and Brady Estes each had RBI singles.
Aiden Raines and Cade Hoppe led Mt. Juliet as each had two hits and drove in a run.
Dylan Bonds started for Mt. Juliet and exited in the fourth after walking five and striking out seven. Reliever Ethan Smith (3-2) was tagged with the loss.
"The guys were excited after the game, but I told 'em to act like they've been there before," Vetetoe said. "Bottom line, this game doesn't mean a lot. You can't get caught up in one game in the middle of the season.
"If this is the highlight of our year, then we're not going to finish where we need to be."
With the win, Lebanon improved to 15-6 overall, 3-2 in the district headed into three games Friday and Saturday at the Rossview (Clarksville) Playday.
Mt. Juliet stood at 14-7 / 3-3 headed into a 6 p.m. home game tonight (Friday) vs. Centennial.
Mt. Juliet 5, Lebanon 0
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet broke open a scoreless game with three in the top of the sixth and went on to post a 5-0 win over Lebanon Tuesday at Brent Foster Field.
MJ starter Aaron Brown (4-1) and reliever Ethan Smith combined to limit the Blue Devils to just four hits.
Lebanon High junior Tristan Warden was brilliant in the loss. The lefty worked seven innings and allowing just four hits, two earned runs and striking out seven Bears.
Hoppe drove in a pair of runs for Mt. Juliet while Tyler Brown had a pair of hits.
Estes, Andrews, Jonathan Presley and Lathon Whittington had the only hits for LHS.
Wilson Central 3, Station Camp 1
GLADEVILLE -- Starter Andrew Franklin and reliever Jake Davis combined to twirl a neat four-hitter Wednesday night, leading Wilson Central to a 3-1 win over Station Camp.
The victory moved the Wildcats to a perfect 6-0 in District 9-AAA and 11-9 on the season as Shelbyville Central comes to Gladeville Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.
Franklin started and went six, scattering three hits and striking out three. Davis worked the seventh and whiffed two in earning the save.
Shortstop Cullen Smith drove in a pair of runs for the Wildcats while Drew Trice doubled twice and scored two runs.
Wilson Central 3, Station Camp 2
GALLATIN -- Wilson Central pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Station Camp.
The Wildcats got another standout performance from Ryan Hill who scattered three hits in a complete game effort.
Hill struck out three and did not walk a batter.
WCHS got RBI singles from Dawson Hamilton and Andrew Franklin.
Smith and Franklin each had two hits in the victory.