By TOMMY BRYAN
Back-to-back games of errorless baseball helped pave the way for Wilson Central to sweep Lebanon in a District 9AAA two-game series earlier this week.
Wednesday night in Gladeville, Central managed just one earned run off tough-luck LHS starter Cain Sloan, in a 4-1 victory over the Blue Devils.
The Wildcats (13-11) broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out single by Jacob Williams and a misplayed flyball by a Lebanon outfielder.
That was more than enough for Central starter Jacob McEntire, who went all the way -- scattering seven hits. He struck out seven and walked only one batter as his defense played flawlessly behind him.
Sloan allowed seven hits over five innings with seven strikeouts before being lifted following a 30-minute delay for lightning. Trevin Potter worked the bottom of the sixth, facing four batters. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
Williams led Central with a 3-for-4 night, an RBI and a run scored. Devin Fish was 2-for-3 while Drew Chester, Dakota Byrd and Dylan Prendergast had the other hits for Wilson Central as the Wildcats improved to 4-3 in the district.
Leadoff man Jack McKeon paced Lebanon with a 3-for-3 night. Outfielder Jack Partlow added two singles while Michael Hastings and Brandon Shelton had the other hits for the Blue Devils.
LHS slipped to 9-16 overall with the loss / 2-3 in District 9AAA play. Lebanon is scheduled to play a couple of games Saturday, an early afternoon tilt with Oakland followed by a 7 p.m. game at Hendersonville High.
Central is scheduled to play in the Trojan Classic this weekend at Soddy Daisy High School.
Tuesday night at Veterans Field, Lebanon committed nine errors in a 12-9 loss to the Wildcats. Lebanon got a pair of three-run homers from Cain Sloan and pounded out 10 hits for the game.
But trailing 3-1, Central struck for six runs in the top of the fourth as LHS committed four errors, then added four more runs in the sixth -- thanks in part to four more Lebanon mistakes.
Friendship 23, RBS 0 -- Connor Gaines threw a five-inning one-hitter Tuesday as Friendship Christian blasted Red Boiling Springs 23-0 on the road.
The big junior evened his record at 1-1 after striking out nine and walking just one batter.
Kyle Wood had a third inning grand slam for the winners and finished the afternoon with three hits and seven runs batted in. Gaines drilled two hits, including a long three-run homer in the top of the third. Drew Erie also homered for FCS -- a solo shot in the third inning.
With the win, Friendship improved to 10-7 overall and 5-1 in District 8A.