Softball, baseball reports
Cold, damp conditions caused the cancellation of several scheduled season-opening games Monday involving Wilson County prep softball and baseball teams.
Friendship Christian's late afternoon encounter at home versus Father Ryan High was postponed with no make-up date set.
Lebanon High's season-opener against Hendersonville High at Drakes Creek Park was also put on hold, with no make-up date scheduled.
Wilson Central stands 2-1
KISSIMMEE, FL -- Wilson Central's baseball team is off to a 2-1 start at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
WCHS opened play Monday, March 13 with a 6-0 victory over TMI-Episcopal (TX) as Wildcat hitters pounded out 10 hits in support of winning pitcher Ryan Hill. Hill threw a seven-inning two-hitter, striking out five with no walks.
Mason Mobley, Chase Ford and Ethan Shelton each had two hits.
Watertown opens in S. Alabama
The Watertown High baseball team kicks off its seven-day spring break with four games at the Gulf Shores Invitational in South Alabama March 13-15.
The Purple Tigers will open the week with Monday games against Bob Jones (Ala.) at 9 a.m. and East Limestone (Ala.) at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday action features WHS squaring off against Bayside Academy in a 7 p.m. contest.
Watertown wraps up the week with a single game Wednesday morning against West Limestone (Ala.) at 9 a.m.
Wilson Central pitching standout
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central senior Ryan Hill signed a National Junior College Athletic Association national letter of intent with Marion Military Institute (Ala.) Friday morning, Jan. 27.
Hill, a righthanded pitcher, is the son of Rob and Tammy Hill.
Mt. Juliet plays for title
MT. JULIET -- Led by a sterling performance from pitcher Dylan Bonds, Mt. Juliet earned a berth in the Region 5-AAA tournament with a 2-0 win over Lebanon Monday in the South Division finals of the District 9-AAA tournament.
The Bears will take on Gallatin Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the District 9-AAA title game. Both teams will advance to the Region 5-AAA tournament later this week.
Bonds (5-0) struck out 14 Blue Devils in the complete game three-hitter. He walked four.
9-AAA game moved to 5 pm
Fresh off Thursday's 13-2 road win over Warren County, Wilson Central will host Mt. Juliet 5 pm Friday in the Glade for the final meeting of their two-game district series. The contest was moved up two hours due to weather concerns.
The Wildcats moved to 19-11 with the victory as Andrew Franklin drove in two runs with three hits and Dawson Hamilton had three RBI on a double and a single.
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.
WCHS falls 4-3 to Nazareth Academy
Lebanon High's baseball team improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in District 9-AAA following Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Gallatin at David Alexander Field.
The Blue Devils got a sterling pitching performance from sidearmer Daniel Holmes. The junior righty retired the first 10 Green Wave batters he faced and finished with a complete game three-hitter. He struck out four Gallatin hitters with no walks.
takes job in Rutherford Co.
Longtime Wilson Central teacher and coach Brian Howard couldn't wait any longer.
Howard, an assistant to Wildcat baseball coach Anthony Ford for over a decade and the WCHS golf coach, has resigned to take a higher paying position near his Rutherford County home.
Following a two-year courtship Howard finally gave in and accepted a faculty spot at Stewarts Creek High -- a relatively new Class AAA school in Smyrna.
Central falls 2-0 at Hendersonville
HENDESRONVILLE -- Wilson Central will be on the road for the opening game of the Region 5-AAA baseball tournament Monday evening after falling 2-0 to Hendersonville Wednesday in the District 9-AAA championship game at Drakes Creek Park.
Coach Anthony Ford's Wildcats, 20-10-1 overall, will play the District 10-AAA champion -- Rossview in Monday's regional semifinal.
Wednesday at Drakes Creek Park
Already assured of a berth in the Region 5-AAA tournament, Wilson Central will play for the District 9-AAA title Wednesday -- taking on Hendersonville High. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Hendersonville's Drakes Creek Park.
A three seed, the Wildcats improved to 20-9-1 by eliminating Mt. Juliet 4-1 Monday evening in the finals of the South Bracket.
Lebanon 4, WCHS 0
LEBANON -- Jackson Arnold threw a complete game three-hitter and struck out four as Lebanon High 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.
Games from Wednesday
Once again, weather concerns have impacted local prep baseball schedules. Several games have been changed in order dodge potential severe storms.
Please check www.wilsonpost.com for schedule updates throughout the weekend.
Mt. Juliet 9, Portland 5
NASHVILLE -- Tyler Overstreet scattered three hits and worked around four walks in four and one-third innings Monday evening to earn the decision as Mt. Juliet downed Portland High 9-3 at Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field.
With the win, Mt. Juliet improved to 9-5 on the season headed into a Thursday evening game vs. Bearden High in the Farragut Demarini Classic.
Friendship 4, Eagleville 3
LEBANON -- The Friendship Christian School Commanders improved to 5-7 on the season after taking down Eagleville 4-3 Wednesday evening.
Down 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Friendship's Jacob Self drove in Cody Walker with a single. Marshall Taylor moved Self to second with a single, bringing up Eli Hunt -- who singled up the middle to bring in Self with the go ahead run.
Thursday, March 19 results
Lebanon 13, Page 0;
Mt. Juliet 10, White House 0;
Mt. Juliet 6, Summit 1;
Beech 11, Friendship 1.
Blue Devils win two in Gatlinburg --
SEVIERVILLE -- Lebanon High's baseball team improved to 2-1 on the season after picking up a pair of wins Thursday in the Play for a Cure Tournament in Gatlinburg.
The Blue Devils defeated Alcoa 8-2 behind a strong pitching effort from lefty Zane Potter, then Jackson Arnold limited Sevier County to one earned run in a 5-2 victory over Sevier County late Thursday night.
Wilson Central 7, Baldwin Co. 0
GULF SHORES, AL -- Vanderbilt signee A.J. Franklin was in mid-season form Monday, leading Wilson Central to a 7-0 win over Brandon County, MS.
The senior lefty allowed just one hit over five innings of work with 13 strikeouts to get the decision. The Wildcats took an early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning.
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