Bears thump LaVergne Wednesday
UPDATE -- Mt. Juliet's baseball team is scheduled to host Smyrna High Saturday in the 2016 home-opener. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. This game was on the schedule for Friday, but has since been moved.
The Golden Bears improved to 6-2 on the season following Wednesday's 10-2 win at LaVergene.
Ethan Smith (2-0) worked three innings of one-hit relief the win, despite walking three.
Mt. Juliet jumped on top 2-0 in the top of the first, then saw the Wolverines tie the score with a pair runs off starter Jacob Cole in the bottom of the second.
Relievers Smith, TK Vaughn and Ben Rudzinski led LaVergne to just three hits the rest of the way.
Carson McClure had an RBI double for the Bears, while Nathan McLaughlin produced a two-run single. Logan Brooks drove in a run with a single in three at bats.
Courtesy runner Jake Linville scored three times running for the catcher. Leadoff man Aidan Raines officially went 0-for-2, but reached base three times via walks and scored three runs.
Normal Comm. 14, Friendship 3
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- Friendship Christian closed out a four-game stay in the Gulf Coast Nike Classic with a 14-3 loss to Normal Community High (Ill.) Wednesday afternoon.
The Commanders (6-4 overall) went 2-2 on the Alabama trip.
Normal took all the drama away by scoring eight in the top of the first and tacking on five more runs in the second inning.
FCS managed single runs in the third, fourth and fifth before the game ended on the mercy rule.
Leadoff man Jarred Lowe led Friendship with three singles while ninth grader Braden Reece had two doubles and an RBI in two at bats.
The Ironmen touched four FCS pitchers for 10 hits and took advantage of six walks.
Tuesday evening, the Commanders dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to Batesville, Ark. as the Pioneers scored the game-winner with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Daniel Lucas ripped a two-run single in the top of the fourth as FCS took a 4-3 lead.
Joseph McNamee, Jackson Vance, Jackson Cherry, Jared Dickey and Nolan Painter each had two hits in the loss.
Grissom, Ala. 9, Wilson Central 2
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- Grissom High hitters touched three Wilson Central pitchers for nine hits and took advantage of six walks in Wednesday night's 9-2 win over the Wildcats.
With the loss, WCHS slipped to 4-5 on the season headed into a Monday, March 28 home game vs. New Albany, Ind. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Wilson Central managed seven hits -- all singles against two Grissom pitchers.
Cullen Smith and third baseman Travis Smart each had three hits while Trevor Wimmer added one. Jacob Davis drove in a run with an infield out.
Fairhope 9, Lebanon 2
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Host Fairhope High rallied from a 2-0 hole to defeat Lebanon 9-2 Wednesday evening.
The Pirates chased Blue Devil starter Chase Andrews in the third and took an 8-2 lead after four complete.
Austin Montgomery had the only hit for the Blue Devils who headed for home with an overall record of 6-3.
Watertown 7, Red Bay, Ala. 4
GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Watertown struck for three runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Red Bay, Ala. 7-4 Wednesday afternoon in the Gulf Shores Nike Classic.
Heath Price led the 11-hit offensive attack with three base hits and two runs batted in.
Jarred Bradshaw closed out the game in the 10th and helped the offense with two hits and two RBI.
Owen Queen started and was not involved in the decision, despite pitching four innings with five strikeouts.
The Purple Tigers led 4-0 after three, only to see red Bay tie the score with two in the fifth and two more in the sixth.