Lebanon downs SCHS 6-3
Coming off Wednesday's stirring victory over district rival Station Camp, Lebanon High's baseball team welcomes Franklin County to Brent Foster Field tonight in the regular season finale.
First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with Senior Night activities to honor Connor Harris, Eddie McDaniels and Taylor Bryan set for 6:30 p.m.
Just one night after being trampled by Station Camp 19-2, the Blue Devils (11-16 overall, 3-7 in 9-AAA) rode a gutsy pitching performance from junior Jackson Arnold to down the Bison 6-3 Wednesday.
"These young men showed a lot of character," said assistant coach George Ogilvie. "They bounced back and played a heck of a game."
Arnold went the distance, scattering nine hits, but struck out five and walked just one batter. He allowed only three earned runs and threw only 98 pitches -- 64 for strikes.
Second baseman Bryce Lester, McDaniels and Dawson Hamilton each had two hits for LHS while DH Caleb Young blasted his second homer of the season, a solo shot over the wall in left, in the second inning.
Down 1-0 early, Lebanon bounced back with a single run in the first on Hamilton's RBI single, then took the lead for good on Young's big fly in the second.
Station Camp 19, Lebanon 2
GALLATIN -- Station Camp opened the two-game 9-AAA series by piling up 20 hits off four Lebanon pitchers in a 19-2 run-rule victory Tuesday.
The Bison scored five in the bottom of the first, then added seven runs in both the third and fourth innings.
McDaniels went 3-for-3 for LHS, while Hamilton drove in two with a third inning triple. Bryan added an extra base hit, a double. Jake Millay and Nolan Chambers each had singles as Lebanon managed nine hits.
Wilson Central 8, Mt. Juliet 3
GLADEVILLE -- Ben Spradley’s two-run homer sparked a first inning uprising Wednesday as Wilson Central knocked of rival Mt. Juliet 8-2.
The Wildcats improved to 16-12 overall and 6-4 in District 9-AAA with the win. Coach Anthony Ford’s team is scheduled to host Smyrna tonight at 6 p.m.
Leading 2-0, Spradley’s two-out bomb staked Wilson Central starter Kyle Schmitt (6-2) to a 4-0 lead.
Schmitt went the distance, scattering six hits and stiking out six Bears while allowing one earned run.
Malone Smith went 2-for-2, Kyle Hubbuch was 2-for-3 and two RBI and Jake Lefler ripped a two-run double.
Mt. Juliet fell to 20-5 on the season with the loss, 8-2 in district play.
Mt. Juliet 8, Wilson Central 3
MT. JULIET -- Senior Curt Hoppe worked around 12 hits by striking out 14 batters in Tuesday night’s 8-3 win over Wilson Central.
Hoppe (5-1) helped his own cause with three hits and two RBI. Marshall Gei went 3-for-3 for the Golden Bears while Jackson Hollingshead had two hits and two RBI.
Mt. Juliet is on tap to play at Riverdale tonight at 6 p.m. and at McGavock Monday, April 28.
FCS hosts Antioch
Friendship Christian School is set to host Antioch tonight in a 7 p.m. game, then entertains Gordonsville Saturday in the 6:30 p.m. regular season finale.
The Commanders dropped to 12-14 overall following Wednesday night’s 9-0 loss at Goodpasture.
Steven Hollis and Jacob Self had the only hits -- both singles -- for Friendship Christian.
FCS 3, Ezell-Harding 1
ANTIOCH -- Friendship Christian secured the No. 3 seed in next week’s East-Middle District 1-A tournament with a 3-1 victory at Ezell-Harding Tuesday.
Lefty Michael Hawks slammed a two-run double in the top of the eighth to break up a 1-1 game. Hawks threw all eight innings on the mound, allowing just four hits and striking out six, to get the decision.
Monday, April 28 will mark the opening of district tourney play as FCS hosts St. Andrew’s-Sewanee.
DCA sweeps MJCA
DONELSON -- Donelson Christian Academy completed a two-game series sweep over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Tuesday, April 22 with an 11-1 victory.
On Monday, the Saints dropped a 14-4 decision to the Wildcats at home.
Now 10-11 overall and 2-8 in the East-Middle District 1-A, the No. 5-seeded Saints are scheduled to open tournament play Monday, April 28 back at Donelson Christian.
Watertown 14, Trousdale Co. 4
WATERTOWN -- A 10-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth broke open a 4-4 game and sent Watertown High to a 14-4 win over rival Trousdale County Wednesday at Three Forks Park.
With the victory, the Purple Tigers finished District 8-A play 6-2 and 15-10 overall.
WHS scored two runs in the bottom of the first and tacked on two more in the second, only to see the Yellowjackets score three times in the third, then tie the game with a single run in the top of the fourth.
Some 16 Watertown batters went to the plate in the fifth as Colin Jennings and Cameron Jennings each cracked run-scoring doubles.
The Jennings boys each drove in three runs while Dusty Meador had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Colin Jennings picked up the pitching decision, allowing just one hit while striking out three and walking two.
The Purple Tigers are scheduled to host three home games next week -- Jackson County Monday at 4 p.m.; East Robertson Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Monterey High Thursday at 6 p.m.