WCIT opens Thursday, March 24
LEBANON -- Lebanon High tuned up for the annual Wilson County Invitational with an 8-0 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Wednesday, March 22 at Brent Foster Field.
Blue Devil pitchers Evan Britt and JaKeese Turner combined for a five-hit shutout. Britt started and struck out nine in four innings of work to get the decision. Turner added three strikeouts in his three inning stint.
"Both guys are coming out of basketball and we were trying to get them some work," said LHS coach Eric Vetetoe. "Hopefully this gets us off to a good start for the games later in the week."
Lebanon (4-0) scored single runs in both the first and third on wild pitches, then tacked on two in the fifth and four more in the sixth.
Catcher Clayton Thorne finished 3-for-3 and drove in two runs. Nick Sanders had a triple and a single while Lathon Whittington and Felipe Juarez each drove in runs. Jonathan Presley added two singles.
LHS worked on the running game -- stealing six bases.
MJCA second baseman Noah Michael had two singles in the loss and Cole Alsup added an opposite field double down the line in left.
Dawson Perry had a pair of hits for the Saints who stranded 11 base runners.
Alsup started for the Saints and went three innings to get the loss. He was followed to the mound by Perry, Alex Pittman and Daniel Boehm.
The Blue Devils open WCIT play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against Dyersburg and are scheduled to host Arlington Friday at 4 p.m.
Saturday action finds LHS entertaining Eagleville at 11 a.m. and Fairview at 2:30 p.m.
Mt. Juliet Christian (4-2) is scheduled to play Grace Christian 6:30 p.m. Friday at Watertown, then take on host Watertown Saturday at 11 a.m.