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PREP BASEBALL -- Bears to play in Knoxville

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PREP BASEBALL -- Bears to play in Knoxville

Austin Smith

Smith, Demarini Classic this weekend
Mt. Juliet prepped for an appearance in this weekend’s DeMarini Classic in Knoxville by scoring 29 runs in two mid-week wins over 9-AAA rival Lebanon High.
    
Mt. Juliet (15-2-1 / 5-1 in 9-AAA) will open play Friday afternoon with a 5:30 p.m. game at Hardin Valley at 5:30 p.m.; followed by an 8 p.m. game vs. Morristown West.
    
Saturday play finds Mt. Juliet taking on Knox Catholic in a 10 a.m. game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium the University of Tennessee.
    
Later Saturday at 4 p.m., MJ will play Seymour High School at Christian Academy of Knoxville to wrap up pool play.

Mt. Juliet 20, Lebanon 0
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet took advantage of 14 walks from three LHS pitchers in Wednesday’s 20-0 victory over the Blue Devils (8-11) at Brent Foster Field.
    
Peyton Harris paced Mt. Juliet’s 12-hit attack with two hits and four RBI.
    
Starter Curt Hoppe worked two innings to get the decision for the Bears.

Mt. Juliet 9, Lebanon 1
MT. JULIET -- Senior Austin Smith (4-1) limited LHS to five hits, walking three and striking out four in Tuesday's 9-1 win. He also picked off two Blue Devil baserunners.

Marshall Gei drove in two runs for Mt. Juliet on three hits, including a double. C.J. Kastner added a pair of hits and drove in a run.

Lebanon is scheduled to play at LaVergne Friday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. contest at Franklin County High in Winchester Saturday.

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