Indy's Melissa Weiland
GLADEVILLE -- Moments ago, Wilson Central principal Travis Mayfield introduced Melissa Weiland as the new head softball coach at Wilson Central High.
Weiland, the head coach at Independence High in Williamson County the past three seasons, takes over for interim coach Shawn Smith.
Smith led the Lady Wildcats to a record of 25-17-1 this past season.
Watertown advances to Region 4-A
WATERTOWN -- Goodpasture won the District 8-A softball championship Wednesday night, defeating host Watertown 8-7 in the finals.
WHS earned a berth in the finals by eliminating Gordonsville 12-10 Wednesday afternoon -- a game that found Watertown moving ahead 4-0, then swapping the lead back and forth.
WHS scored three runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh to secure the win.
Mt. Juliet 6, Wilson Central 4 -
MT. JULIET -- Down 2-0 early, Mt. Juliet rallied, then held off a late Wilson Central surge to come away with a 6-4 home win over the Lady Wildcats Wednesday.
With the victory, the Lady Bears improved to 6-5 overall / 2-1 in District 9-AAA while WCHS slipped to 9-6 / 0-2 in the district.
Central grabbed an early lead with single runs in each of the first two innings, only to see Mt. Juliet push across one run in the third, then bunch together a few hits for three in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-2 lead.
Mt. Juliet 9, Hendersonville 3
MT. JULIET -- The host Lady Bears pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of three Hendersonville errors in Tuesday's 9-3 victory over the Lady Commandos.
C.J. Privott and Kyli Biggs each had three hits while Tyffany Cargile and Biggs each drove in two runs.
The Lady Bears, now 5-5 overall and 1-1 in District 9-AAA, will host Wilson Central Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Wilson Central 9, Silver Creek, (IN) 1
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central's Morgan Stokes drove in four runs on three hits and homer in Thursday's (March 23) 9-1 victory over Silver Creek, IN in the opening round of the 23rd annual Southern Warrior Classic.
Claire Smith added a pair of triples and drove in two while pitcher Kaylee Richetto had three hits -- a triple and a double -- and drove in a run.
Richetto worked the full seven innings, scattering five hits and struck out four.
Lady 'Cats to host classic games
Wilson Central's softball team will take a record of 6-3 into Thursday's first home game of the 2017 season as they serve as a satellite site for the 23rd annual Southern Warrior Classic.
The Lady Wildcats will play Tullahoma at 4 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. game versus Silver Creek, Ind.
Smith takes over for 2017 season
Wilson Central has filled its vacant softball coaching position with Monday's appointment of Shawn Smith, 53, as the interim head coach of the program.
Smith, a former baseball player at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the father of Wilson Central infielder Claire Smith and coached the Southside Middle School baseball program for six seasons in the past.
Smith, who owns his own insurance agency, has given private hitting lessons to both softball and baseball players in Wilson County for several years and worked two years full-time as a scout for the Chicago Cubs.
Wilson Central falls in 5-AAA opener
CLARKSVILLE -- A new Class AAA state softball champion will be crowned in Murfreesboro next week as defending champ Wilson Central was eliminated 12-3 by Clarksville High Monday in the opening round of the Region 5-AAA tournament.
Clarksville pounded out 12 hits, improving to 34-7-1 and earning the right to host the Region 5-AAA finals tonight against District 9-AAA champion Hendersonville.
MJHS 11, Station Camp 11
HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears roared back with an 11-1 victory over Station Camp Monday in the loser's bracket of the District 9-AAA softball tournament at Veteran's Park. Makayla Draper drove in five runs for Mt. Juliet with a three-run homer and a two-run single.
MJHS improved to 18-24 on the season headed into a scheduled loser's bracket contest on Wednesday.
Wilson Central tagged Mt. Juliet with a 6-5 loss in eight innings Friday in the district opener for both squads.
MJ plays "loser-out" game Monday
HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears are scheduled to take on Station Camp 7 p.m. Monday at Sumner County's Veteran's Park in a "loser=out" game of the District 9-AAA softball tournament.
Mt. Juliet slipped to 17-24 on the season following Friday's 6-5 loss in eight innings to Wilson Central Friday in the tournament's opening round.
The Lady Bears held an early 4-0 lead, only to see the defending state champs claw back into contention, then score the winning run on a pair of fielding errors.
Aubuchon has 13 RBI Monday
Lebanon senior Sarah Aubuchon celebrated Senior Day in a big way with an incredible 13 RBI Monday as Lebanon swept a doubleheader from visiting Watertown 21-6 and 19-4.
Aubuchon drove in seven runs with a pair of homers and a single in the opener, then plated six more runs in the nightcap on the strength of an RBI double and a three-run homer.
Local softball at a glance
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian's Courtney Petty threw a perfect game against White House Heritage Tuesday afternoon, April 19 as the Lady Commanders won 3-0. Petty did not allow a base runner and struck out 14 as FCS improved to 25-7-1.
Friendship scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Courtney Miles slammed a two-run homer -- dropping the Lady Patriots to 27-7 overall.
Ninth grader leads Central comeback
GLADEVILLE -- Unfazed after giving up an opposite field three-run homer in the top of the first Wednesday against Lebanon, you might say Wilson Central pitcher Kaylee Richetto settled down.
A ninth grader with apparently limitless potential, Richetto held Lebanon to just one hit the rest of the way in a 13-3 victory over the Lady Devils. She struck out two and walked just one hitter.
Tuesday at the Commando Classic
HENDERSONVILLE -- Lebanon High's softball team split a pair of games Tuesday in the annual Commando Classic at Drakes Creek Park.
The Lady Devils dropped a 4-3 decision to Class AA power Creek Wood High, then topped Pope John Paul II 6-1 -- giving new head coach Chris Spurlock his initial victory at LHS.
Here's a look at the scheduled baseball and softball games for Monday, March 15 involving Wilson County prep teams.
Remember, these schedules are always subject to change due to the weather.
All-state softball player from WCHS --
Wilson Central softball standout Morgan Powell has verbally committed to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. A member of the WCHS graduating Class of 2015, she will enroll at NCAA Division II Trevecca this fall.
Powell helped lead the Lady Wildcats to a record of 41-7-1 overall and the Class AAA state championship earlier this year in Murfreesboro as a pitcher / hitter.
rising junior 2nd baseman
Claire Smith, leadoff hitter and "spark plug" for Wilson Central's Class AAA state championship softball team, has verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State University following an on-campus visit earlier this week.
Having just completed her sophomore year at Wilson Central, Smith hit .449 at the top of the Lady Wildcat lineup with 66 hits.
Local players, coaches recognized
Several Wilson County softball standouts and two coaches were honored earlier this week by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association. TSCA announced all-state selections in four divisions as well as all-star game rosters and Miss Softball Awards on Wednesday.
Four locals from District 9-AAA were named to the Class AAA all-state team, including Morgan Powell, Hannah Bodenhorn and Claire Smith from state champion Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet High's Savannah Sanders.
Wilson Central 6, Dickson Co. 5
MURFREESBORO -- Wilson Central led 6-0 early and held on for a 6-5 victory over defending state champion Dickson County Friday afternoon to win the TSSAA Class AAA softball title at Starplex.
The Lady Wildcats weathered the Cougar storm to end the season 41-7-1 while Dickson County went home 43-6.
"Dickson County is such a good team," Central coach Michael Shepard said. "We knew we'd have to score some runs. They've been coming from behind all week.
WCHS vs. Ooltewah at 5:30
MURFREESBORO -- Peaking at the perfect time of the year, Wilson Central opened the 2015 TSSAA Class AAA state softball tournament with two wins, including a 10-5 victory over hometown Siegel Wednesday at the McKnight Complex.
The Lady Wildcats improved to 39-7-1 and are scheduled to play Ooltewah (40-8) Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the finals of the winner's bracket. Win or lose Thursday, Coach Michael Shepard's team will be in action Friday -- either in finals at 3 p.m. or in the loser's bracket at 9 a.m.
Lady 'Cats vie for Spring Fling spot
Winners of nine consecutive games, Wilson Central's softball team will try to stretch that streak to 10 Friday as they host Ravenwood in a Class AAA sectional game.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and local fans are encourage to arrive early for the best seats.
Central assured of regional berth
GLADEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet takes on Beech Friday at 5 p.m. in the finals of the District 9-AAA loser's bracket with the winner moving on to face host Wilson Central in the tournament finals.
Coach Coach Brad Rowlett's team (23-9) was on the short end of a 2-0 loss to Wilson Central Thursday -- a meeting that found Morgan Powell cracking a two-run homer in the sixth inning for the game's only runs.
LHS eliminates Portland
Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders will take a record of 31-5 into Wednesday's East-Middle Regional Tournament at Donelson Christian Academy. Coach Jody Atwood's team will play Ezell-Harding at 5 p.m.
A win would earn FCS the right to host a substate series while a loss will sent the Lady Commanders to the Memphis area for a best two-of-three. Ezell-Harding stands 19-11 overall following a 5-4 victory over Zion Christian.
Darkness ends Raptor Classic Saturday --
BRENTWOOD -- Playing deep into the night on Saturday, Wilson central's softball was declared the co-champions of the Raptor Classic, hosted by Ravenwood High, when Brentwood Parks & Recreation staffers ordered the lights turned off in the title game at Crockett Park.
The Lady Wildcats and Oakland High wound up sharing the championship after the city-imposed curfew ended the game at 10:45 p.m. with the score ties 2-2 after four complete.
Lady Commanders stand 22-5
Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders will take a record of 22-5 into a 12 Noon Saturday home doubleheader vs. Division II rival Knoxville Webb.
Coach Jody Atwood's club improved to 7-0 in the East-Middle District following an 8-0 home win over Ezell-Harding Wednesday.
Courtney Petty got the decision with six innings of work, striking out 11 before giving way to Tana Whited in the seventh. Petty helped her own cause by reaching base four times -- with three walks and a single.
Wilson Central 8, Friendship 5
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central struck for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, then held off a furious Friendship Christian rally for an 8-5 victory over the Lady Commanders Wednesday afternoon.
With the win, the Lady Wildcats improved to 14-3 on the season while FCS slipped to 17-4.
The game featured a little bit of everything as Friendship led 2-1 until the Lady Wildcats erupted following by a squeeze bunt by Morgan Stokes that scored Shelby Woodard with the tying run.
Wilson Central 7, Ravenwood 3
BRENTWOOD -- Wilson Central's softball team improved to 8-3 on the season following Wednesday night's 7-3 victory at Ravenwood High.
The Lady Wildcats scored two runs in each of the first three innings to chase starting pitcher Abby Irwin and finished with 12 hits.
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