Weather alters schedule -
Weather concerns have altered Cumberland's baseball series versus Shawnee State, moving it up a day to Thursday and Friday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Today's doubleheader is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Friday's single game is tentatively scheduled for 12 Noon, with every effort made to play sometime Friday.
Aaron Brown & Seth Price
A pair of Wilson County baseball standouts have been named all-state by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association.
Mt. Juliet High pitcher Aaron Brown was selected to the Class AAA team. Brown was the District 9-AAA Most Valuable Player. He went 7-2 on the mound with an ERA of 1.05 in 53.3 innings of work.
New coaches come on board
LEBANON -- Veteran Blue Devil assistant basketball coach Zach Martin has been named Athletic Director at Lebanon High by Principal Scott Walters.
Martin, a Smith County High graduate, takes over the position for Darian Brown, who will work as an assistant principal at Watertown High this fall.
Martin earned his Bachelors Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He has been coaching for twelve years, the last five years at Lebanon.
Former MJHS all-stater
Mt. Juliet High's former two-time all-state baseball player Kyle Smith signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week.
Called by Golden Bear head coach Mark Purvis, "the best power hitter I ever coached," Smith spent the past four seasons at Vanderbilt battling injury.
"As a pitcher, he threw 88-92 mph for us," Purvis said.
Taking spot at Winfree Bryant MS
Friendship Christian School softball coach Jody Atwood is leaving the local private school to take a position at Winfree Bryant Middle School in the Lebanon Special School District.
Atwood, who took the Lady Commanders to back-to-back berths in the DII-A state finals, winning the 2015 title, will teach history at WBMS and will coach the Aviator baseball team.
The Lebanon High and Cumberland University graduate will be taking over the baseball postition for Shane Finch, a non-faculty coach who coached the Aviators for the past two seasons.
Tigers, Tigerettes end season
WATERTOWN -- Gordonsville broke open a tight 4-3 game with a seven-run burst in the top of the sixth on the way to a 12-3 victory over Watertown Wednesday afternoon, May 11 in the loser's bracket finals of the District 8-A baseball tournament.
Watertown had stepped up to host the tournament's final day after storms had flooded the field in Hartsville where the event was being hosted by Trousdale County High.
Tournament bumped up to Thursday
Cumberland senior outfielder Ryan Dickison was voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Stephen Fischer, Nick McGrew and Mike Melendez all garnered Second Team honors, as announced by the league office Wednesday in advance of the conference tournament that begins Thursday and Friday with best 2-of-3 series.
Dickison leads the Phoenix in almost every offensive statistical category, batting .339 in 53 contests with 12 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 48 RBIs and 38 runs scored.
Monday, April 18
Friendship Christian at MJ Christian 3:30 pm
Goodpasture at Watertown 6 pm
Tuesday, April 19
MJ Christian at Friendship 6:30 pm
Watertown at Goodpasture 4:30 pm
Lebanon at Wilson Central 7 pm
Station Camp at Mt. Juliet 7 pm
Blue Devil catcher
Lebanon High senior Chase Andrews signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent Friday, April 15 to continue his education and athletic career at Lee University in Cleveland.
An NCAA Division II institution, the Flames are a member of the Gulf South Conference and presently stand 24-14 on the season.
A two-year starter for the Blue Devils, Andrews has caught, played first base and pitched for LHS.
Lebanon 2, Portland 0
LEBANON -- Daniel Holmes tossed a complete game two-hitter leading Lebanon High to a 2-0 win over Portland Tuesday night at Brent Foster Field.
Holmes (4-0) dominated Panther hitters, striking out 11 and walking just one as the Blue Devils moved to 10-4 on the season and 2-0 in District 9-AAA.
Lebanon scored a run in the second as sophomore Jonathan Presley rifled a one-out single into right, scoring Dalton Squires who had reached on a double.
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.
Three Mt. Juliet High baseball players signed earlier in May to continue their education / athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Commanders move on in DII
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian scratched out three runs in the bottom of the second and went on to reord a 6-2 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Tuesday in a East-Middle District 1-A play-in game.
With the victory, the Commanders improved to 14-17 on the season and advance to a 4:30 p.m. home game Thursday against Knox Webb.
Since he was 4 years old, Jeff Bennett has been playing baseball, and since he was 18 he has been getting paid for it.
The former Atlanta Braves pitcher, 34, has decided it's the right time to bid his playing days goodbye. But he plans to stay involved with the game he loves with his Jeff Bennett's Baseball Academy near Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Ceremonies were held Thursday morning, April 16 to officially dedicate the Lewis "Big Louie" Payton memorial benches adjacent to Stockton Field - Woody Hunt Stadium on the campus of Lebanon's Cumberland University.
Mr. Payton, a fixture at CU and local sporting events, died in January of 2014.
They call it First Tennessee Park, this spanking new $75 million baseball stadium that awaits the Nashville Sounds' first home game this Friday under the lights.
With opening day for Minor League Baseball set for Thursday, five former Cumberland players will begin their seasons with Major League affiliated organizations, including Luis Martinez, Will Locante, Aaron Wilkerson, Chipper Smith and Josciel Veras.
Martinez and Wilkerson are both members of the Boston Red Sox organization, with Martinez beginning his ninth professional season with the Double-A Portland [ME] Sea Dogs in the Eastern League.
Baseball & softball teams in action --
The 2015 TSSAA spring sports schedule cranks up Monday with several local teams opting to go South in order to escape the bad weather.
The baseball and softball teams from Wilson Central High and Friendship Christian School are participating in the annual Nike Classic -- being staged at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex -- just a stone's throw from the Alabama coast.
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