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Clutch hits lift Bears past LHS

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Mt. Juliet 2, Blue Devils 0
LEBANON -- A couple of clutch two-out hits broke open a classic pitching duel Wednesday night as Mt. Juliet slid past Lebanon 2-0 in nine innings at Brent Foster Field.

A two-out soft liner to left by Aaron Brown chased home Zach Ehrhart in the top of the ninth with the eventual game-winner.

Ehrhart had reached on a booming two-out triple to the rightfield wall off reliever Adam Cassetty.

Mt. Juliet (15-5, 6-0 in District 9-AAA) added an insurance run on an overthrow later in the inning.

The Bears sealed the deal with sparking performances out of the bullpen,

Freshman Ethan Smith earned his first win with a perfect inning of relief and soph lefty Dylan Bonds earned his second save, retiring the final two LHS batters in the ninth.

"They're fighters and their pitchers did a great job," Mt. Juliet coach Mark Purvis said when asked about Lebanon after the game. "Tuesday and tonight, they played well. I thing they're on their way."

Jacob Cole started for MJ and pitched into the eighth, limiting LHS to just three hits and striking out five.

Blue Devil sophomore Tristan Warden was lifted with one out in the eighth, having scattered four hits and striking out two.

Despite stellar efforts, neither starter was involved in the decision.

"We've got some guys, some young ones who can throw," Purvis said, "it's allowed us to mix and match a little late in games.

Ehrhart led the Bears with two hits while Bryce Lester rapped out a pair of singles for Lebanon, 12-10 overall, 2-4 in 9-AAA.

Mt. Juliet is scheduled to play at Clarksville High Saturday at 5 p.m.

Lebanon is idle until opening a two-game series at home Tuesday, April 14 vs. Wilson Central.

Mt. Juliet 5, Lebanon 1
MT. JULIET -- The Golden Bears made the most of six hits in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over Lebanon.

Mt. Juliet bunched together three hits from Brown, Alex Deriggi and Sean Hunley and a throwing error by the Blue Devils to score twice in the bottom of the second.

Ehrhart and Tyler Warmath each had RBI singles in the fifth innings as Mt. Juliet put up three runs.

Lebanon was held to just four hits, all singles by Lester, Jake Millay, Jackson Arnold and Matt Bell.

Tyler Overstreet (1-0) started and got the win for the Bears, with relief help from Bonds and Smith.

Lebanon's Arnold went four and two-thirds and was tagged with the loss before giving way to Zane Potter.

Wilson Central 3, Station Camp 0
GALLATIN -- Kyle Schmitt threw a complete game four-hitter to lead Wilson Central to a 3-0 victory at Station Camp Wednesday night.

Schmitt (6-0) struck out three and didn't walk a batter as the Wildcats improved to 14-5-1 overall and 5-1 in District 9-AAA.

Tony Pfefferle and Coleton Morris each had a double and a single. Ben Spradley added an RBI double.

Wilson Central 4, Station Camp 3
GLADEVILLE -- Tony Pfefferle ripped a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in John Michael Jenkinson with the game winning run in Wilson Central's 4-3 victory over Station Camp Tuesday.

Ryan Hill (2-2) picked up the win with one inning of relief -- after starter A.J. Franklin went eight innings, striking out eight and was not involved in the decision.

Spradley had a pair of doubles in four trips to the plate and drove in a run while Dalton McCorkle went 3-for-4. Pfefferle finished 2-for-5 with two RBI.

DCA 3, FCS 2
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian fell to 7-12 on the season and 4-4 in Division II with a 3-2 loss to Donelson Christian Academy Wednesday.

The Wildcats mustered a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on three singles and a sac fly against FCS starter Samuel Hollis. He scattered six hits and struck out four in the loss.

DCA 5, FCS 4
DONELSON -- Friendship Christian dropped a 4-3 loss at Donelson Christian Tuesday.

The Commanders managed 12 hits, including two each from Steven Hollis, Cody Walker, Jacob Self, Jared Lowe and Eli Hunt, but stranded 14 baserunners.

Marshall Taylor went the distance to take the loss, scattering nine hits and allowing just three earned runs. Taylor struck out two and walked four.

WHS visits Chattanooga
Watertown is set to play a pair of games Saturday at Chattanooga's AT&T Park -- home of the Lookouts.

The Tigers will take on Boyd Buchanan at 2:15 p.m. followed by a contest with Calhoun, GA.

WHS dropped a two-game series to Goodpasture -- falling 14-3 at home Wednesday and 5-0 at Goodpasture Tuesday.

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