MJ Bears sweep Station Camp
LEBANON -- Lathon Whittington lifted a long two-out drive off the glove of a Wilson Central outfielder to tie the score and moments later scampered home from third on an overthrow as Lebanon High climbed off the deck to down the Wildcats 3-2 Wednesday at Brent Foster Field.
With the win, the Blue Devils split the season series with Central and improved to 17-9 overall, 5-3 in the district.
"It was ugly, but we found a way to get it done," said Blue Devil coach Eric Vetetoe.
Central's Andrew Franklin pitched 6.3 innings of superb baseball, allowing just a fourth inning single to Whittington before hitting a batter and issuing a one-out walk in the seventh. Franklin, who was not involved in the decision, struck out six.
"Franklin did a great job, keeping us off balance," Vetetoe said. "Once we got him out of the game we felt like we at least had a shot."
Whittington's antics made a winner of LHS starter Daniel Holmes (6-0), who befuddled Wildcat hitters most of the night. The sidearmer allowed one earned run, scattered five hits, struck out nine and walked one.
Travis Smart paced the Wildcats with a 4-for-4 night at the plate. Cullen Smith and Dawson Hamilton drove in Central's runs with sacrifice flies.
The Wildcats, 14-10 overall / 7-1 in the district, will be in action this weekend, playing in the Soddy Daisy Trojan Classic.
WCHS is scheduled to play Sequoyah and Soddy Daisy Friday, then play at East Hamilton Saturday morning and Rhea County later in the day at Ooltewah.
Wilson Central 10, Lebanon 4
GLADEVILLE -- Trailing 4-3 in the late going, Wilson Central batted around in the bottom of the sixth and rallied for a 10-4 victory over Lebanon Tuesday.
LHS was nursing a 4-3 lead as Tristan Warden had worked around seven hits and a couple of walks.
But the wheels fell off in the sixth as the 'Cats marched 11 to the plate against Warden and reliever Eli McDearman, scoring seven runs on seven hits, an error and a walk.
Ryan Hill (5-0) went the distance for WCHS, throwing a two-hitter with eight strikeouts. He walked two batters and hit two.
Mt. Juliet 11, Station Camp 4
GALLATIN -- Mt Juliet improved to 17-7 overall and 5-3 in District 9-AAA following Wednesday's 11-4 win at Station Camp.
Coupled with Tuesday's 10-0 home victory over the Bison, the Bears swept the two-game district series.
MJHS led 5-2 after four complete, then broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fifth.
RHP Aaron Brown (5-1) went five and a third innings for the win, scattering eight hits and striking out nine. Brown helped his own cause with a pair of singles and drove in two runs.
Tyler Brown sparked the offensive attack with a 4-for-5 night, driving in three and scoring three times.
The Golden Bears will be back in action Friday at Soddy Daisy High School against Sequoyah at 4 pm EST.
Mt. Juliet will take on host Soddy Daisy following the Sequoyah contest at 7:30 p.m.
Friendship Christian 6, Trousdale Co. 3
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian pushed across four runs in the bottom of the fifth on the way to a 6-3 win over Trousdale County High in Wednesday's opening round of the annual Commander Classic.
Friendship connected for nine hits against the 'Jackets, including a single and a double by Ben Jamison and a pair of singles by Tarver Hayslip.
Marshall Taylor, Jarred Lowe and Hayslip all had RBI singles in the fifth.
Starter Samuel Hollis worked 5.3 innings for the decision. Hollis scattered seven hits and struck out four with one walk.
Justin Seagraves finished the game and recorded the save - striking out two batters.
Now 12-13 on the season, FCS is scheduled to host McGavock High Saturday at 10 a.m., then move into the elimination phase of the tournament later in the afternoon.