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.
District Coach of the Year -
First year Lebanon High coach Jody Atwood has been voted District 9-AAA softball Coach of the Year.
Atwood, an LHS graduate and former baseball standout at Cumberland, is in his first season as the head coach of the Lady Devils after taking Friendship Christian to the Division II-A state finals in back-to-back seasons, winning the title in 2015.
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.
Power-hitting infielder -
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian School senior softball standout Brice Dabbs signed scholarship papers Thursday, March 30 to continue her education and athletic career at Lebanon's Cumberland University.
A middle of the order slugger for the Lady Commanders, Dabbs is the daughter of Scott and Ginny Dabbs.
FRIENDSHIP CHRISTIAN SOFTBALL --
LEBANON -- Three Friendship Christian School softball seniors made their future college plans known with a signing ceremony Wednesday morning, Nov. 9 at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Lebanon's Juanita and Will Grandstaff have competed in more slow-pitch softball games than you can shake a bat at.
Spurlock going into private business
Lebanon High School administrators are faced with finding a new softball coach in the wake of the resignation of Chris Spurlock Thursday morning.
Spurlock, an LHS graduate, is reportedly going into the private business sector after working one season as head coach of the Lady Devils.
Teaching Social Studies / Government at Lebanon, Spurlock led his team to a record of 25-17-1 in his only year as head coach.
Former MJHS pitching star
In sports, it's not uncommon for a player to transition to coach when his or her playing days are over.
Some would say it's a way of giving back to the sport that gave them so much opportunity.
Mt. Juliet native "Kenzie" Roark would agree with that statement.
Since she pitched her last game at Virginia Tech in 2011, the former Hokie standout has made the move to coaching.
Renowned fastpitch / slowpitch softball player
His name was Lester Ray Nixon, but almost everyone called him "Pop".
Legendary softball player Pop Nixon died Tuesday, May 31 at Lebanon's Quality Care Nursing Home following an extended illness. He was 76 years old.
Born in Smith County and a graduate of Smith County High Nixon was a wizard on the ballfield, playing baseball in his youth, then moving on to the fastpitch game and eventually closing out his fantastic playing career in slowpitch.
MURFREESBORO -- Forcing the action with 11 hits, Friendship Christian took advantage of five University School of Jackson errors and came away with a 7-3 victory over the Lady Bruins Wednesday in the opening round of the Division II-A state softball tournament at Starplex.
The Lady Commanders improved to 38-7-1 with the win and moved into a second round game vs. The King's Academy Thursday.
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.
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.
Exhibition game violated rules
Lebanon High's softball program will be back at full strength in time for the District 9-AAA tournament after 14 players and the head coach were penalized for violations of TSSAA regulations.
LHS Principal Scott Walters confirmed Tuesday that first year head coach Chris Spurlock had been suspended from his coaching duties for two weeks for hosting an exhibition game featuring rising eighth graders from feeder programs at Winfree Bryant, Walter J. Baird and Carroll-Oakland middle schools.
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.
Monday, April 18
Cascade at Watertown 5 pm
Station Camp at Mt. Juliet 5 pm
Tuesday, April 19
White House Heritage at Friendship 5 pm
Hendersonville at Wilson Central 5 pm
Donelson Christian at MJ Christian 5 pm
Lebanon at Mt. Juliet 5 pm
Lebanon 12, Beech 11
LEBANON -- Down 11-3 in the fourth inning, Lebanon staged a stirring comeback and downed Beech 12-11 Thursday in a District 9-AAA contest.
Brianna Nagelhout's grandslam homer in the fifth tied the game at 11-all.
Anna Bennett ripped a solo shot off the scoreboard in the bottom for the sixth for the eventual game winner.
Anna Smallwood went the distance for the pitching decision.
Smith helps her own cause
MT. JULIET -- Sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Smith helped her own cause with a pair of extra base hits and two RBI in Thursday's 9-7 home win over Red Boiling Springs.
Down 5-1 headed into the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Saints scrated out four runs to tie the game, then took the lead for good with three in the bottom of the seventh.
School names softball field in his honor
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy honored Don Wharton Monday, April 4, a career banker / business manager who loves to play in the dirt.
MJCA's softball field was named in Wharton's honor, who has for the past several years taken over responsibility for the maintenance and care of the school's athletic fields.
Mt. Juliet at Oakland, 6 pm
Portland at Watertown, 6 pm
Friendship Christian at Gordonsville, 6 pm
Former MJHS pitching standout
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State freshman and former Mt. Juliet High pitching standout Savannah Sanders was named the Big 12 Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.
Sanders piled up a 3-0 record at the 2016 Cyclone Indoor Invitational, with a win against IUPUI and a pair of victories over an Eastern Illinois team that only lost two games all weekend.
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.
WHS entertains Gordonsville --
Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders sport a record of 20-5 overall heading into Wednesday's home game against Division II East-Middle District 1-A rival Ezell-Harding. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
On Friday, the Lady Commanders entertain defending Class A state champion Gordonsville in a 5 p.m. single game. Division II rival Knoxville Webb comes to town Saturday for a 12 Noon doubleheader.
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.
WCHS & FCS play in Alabama --
MT. JULIET -- Savannah Sanders struck out 12 batters, but her Mt. Juliet High teammates were held to just two hits against Siegel's Veronica Westfall in Wednesday afternoon's 3-0 loss to the Stars.
Siegel (2-0) pushed across two runs in the top of the first inning and added a solo run in the third.
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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