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Devils snap Wilson Central streak

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Lebanon 4, WCHS 0
LEBANON -- Jackson Arnold threw a complete game three-hitter and struck out four as Lebanon snapped Wilson Central's 10-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory Tuesday at Brent Foster Field.

Arnold, a senior, wanted the ball for the home game and according to LHS head coach Eric Vetetoe -- he delivered.

"I can't say enough about the senior," Vetetoe said. "Normally he pitches the district road game, but he's been telling me for days he wanted to start this one. Jackson hit his spots and had that curveball working."

Arnold had only surrendered one hit going into the seventh, when he gave up back-to-back one out singles to Dawson Hamilton and Dalton McCorkle. He then struck out Coleton Morris swinging for the second out before clipping pinch hitter Ethan Shelton to load the bases.

Arnold then coaxed a high fly ball to center from nine hole hitter John Michael Jenkinson to end the game.

Arnold finished with two walks, hit a batter and threw 17 first pitch strikes.

"We haven't beaten these guys in my high school career," Arnold said. "I knew my teammates really wanted this one and they played great defense behind me. I was locating my curveball and getting ahead in the count."

The Blue Devils scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first off starter A.J. Franklin, then tacked on two more in the bottom of the third on a two-out double by catcher Caleb Thorne and a single by third baseman Lathon Whittington.

Whittington had two of Lebanon's six hits as the Blue Devils improved to 13-10 overall, 3-4 in District 9-AAA. Wilson Central fell to 16-6-1, 5-2.

"Tonight was really about seeding for the tournament in May," Coach Vetetoe said after the game. "Hopefully our kids are mentally tough enough to know we've got to come back Wednesday and play another game against a good team."

The two teams are scheduled to play the back end of the two-game District 9-AAA series Wednesday at Wilson Central. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Watertown 14, Red Boiling Springs 1
Watertown improved to 4-10 on the season following a 14-1 win at Red Boiling Springs Monday afternoon.

Leading 1-0, the Purple Tigers broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the third, then put the game on ice with five more runs in the top of the fourth.

Colin Jennings started and pitched all five innings, scattering five hits, walking three and striking out seven Bulldogs.

Robert Caruthers got things going with a three-run homer in the third while leadoff man Seth Price finished with a double and a single in four at bats, driving in a run and scoring twice.

Tucker Vaught had a pair of singles and drove in two runs while Cameron Jennings had two hits and scored three runs.

On Saturday, Watertown dropped a 4-1 decision to Walker Valley High at Chattanooga's AT&T Park.

Four Watertown pitchers worked against the Mustangs, allowing only three hits. Caruthers started and was tagged with the loss. Bo Whitlock drove in Watertown's only run in the second inning.

This weekend the Purple Tigers will play in the Red Devil Classic, hosted by South Fulton High.

Play opens Friday evening as WHS takes on Ballard High of Kentucky, followed by a Saturday morning contest vs. Hickman County (KY). Pool play closes Saturday vs. Obion County.

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