From Post staff reports
DICKSON -- A rocky first inning proved to be Lebanon's undoing Thursday in a 5-0 loss at Dickson County High in the first round of the "Good Day To Play" Invitational.
The Blue Devils (9-12) saw the Cougars put up five first inning runs against starter Antonio Logue.
Lebanon is scheduled to return to Dickson tonight to play Clarksville NE at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, LHS will face back-to-back games at Harpeth High. The Blue Devils will tangle with Nashville Overton at 12:15 p.m. followed by a 2:30 p.m. game vs. Clarksville High.
Earlier this week, Lebanon salvaged a series split with District 9AAA rival Mt. Juliet Wednesday at Veterans Field as the Blue Devils pulled out a wacky 2-1 victory.
Deadlocked at 1-1 after nine innings thanks to outstanding pitching performances from LHS starter Cain Sloan and his Mt. Juliet counterpart Kyle Smith, the game was turned over to the respective bullpens.
Lebanon finally broke through after MJ reliever Parker Flatt struck out the first two batters he faced in the tenth, then proceeded to hit three straight batters -- Trevor Davis, Eddie McDaniels and Jessep Polk -- loading the bases.
Alex Stradner, batting for Sloan, was at the plate when Flatt airmailed a pitch to the backstop allowing Davis to slide in from third with the game-winner.
Dallas Horn picked up the win for LHS in relief --working two innings and pitching out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth.
Sloan went eight innings, striking out 13 Bears while scattering six hits. Smith also allowed six hits, striking out 14 with three walks.
Polk drilled a solo homer in the bottom of first for Lebanon. Mt. Juliet’s run came on a RBI single by shortstop Hunter Gilbert in the third. The Golden Bears slid to 3-1 in league play and 11-5 on the season.
Mt. Juliet 10, LHS 4
MT. JULIET -- The Golden Bears broke open a 2-2 game with a six-run fifth inning Tuesday and went on to defeat Lebanon 10-4. Brady Cole (2-1) started and worked six innings, scattering six hits with a pair of walks. He struck out 12 Blue Devils.
Mt. Juliet’s Kyle Smith drilled a long two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to erase a 2-0 LHS lead. Kyle Grace ripped a two-run double of the centerfield wall to key the big fifth inning.
Cain Sloan had an RBI triple for Lebanon while Rob Bell added a two-run double. Brandon Shelton plated Lebanon’s other run with a sac fly.
Mt. Juliet is participating in the Knoxville Kessler's Classic. The Bears open play with a pair of games at Knox Karns -- at 5:30 p.m. vs. host Karns, then an 8 p.m. game vs. Soddy-Daisy.
Central sweeps Station Camp
Wilson Central’s baseball and softball teams picked up District 9AAA victories earlier this week in games against Station Camp High from Sumner County.
Coach Anthony Ford’s baseball Wildcats (9-11 / 2-3 in 9AAA) swept a pair of wins from the Bison Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday in Gallatin, Central rode a complete game pitching performance from Ethan Nehus on a 10-3 victory.
Wednesday in Lebanon junior Jacob McEntire, threw a five-inning. two-hit shutout in a 10-0 decision. McEntire helped his own cause with a pair of hits while Devin Fish also added a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored.
Central is scheduled to host Smyrna High School tonight at 7 p.m.