Mt. Juliet 6, Hendersonville 4
MT. JULIET -- Down 4-0 early, Mt. Juliet stayed the course and rallied for a 6-4 victory over District 9-AAA rival Hendersonville High Tuesday night.
The Commandos put up four runs in the top of the first off Bear starter Sean Hunley with a pair of walks and three hits.
Mt. Juliet answered with two in the bottom of the first and added three more in the fourth and one in the sixth on an RBI single by Tyler Warmath.
Nathan McLaughlin (1-0) picked up the decision with four solid innings of relief. McLaughlin gave up one hit and worked around five walks, and struck out two. Tyler Overstreet got the save with two innings of hitless relief.
McLaughlin and Brock Fortner each had RBI doubles for the winners. Aaron Brown, Daniel Graves and Peyton Haynes each had singles for Mt. Juliet.
Now 1-2 on the season, the Golden Bears will entertain Columbia Central Wednesday at 6 p.m. before serving as a host site for the annual Wilson County Invitational Tournament.
Lebanon 17, Mt. Juliet Christian 1
LEBANON -- So much for favors.
Faced with losing a playing date when his regularly-scheduled opponent canceled, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy coach Chrics Shrock picked up the phone Tuesday afternoon and called Lebanon High's Eric Vetetoe to see if the Blue Devils were available as a last minute stand in.
The result was a one-sided 17-1 victory for the Blue Devils at chilly Brent Foster Field.
"We needed to play," Shrock said. "Things got out of hand, but the weather has kept us inside for so long. It was good to get outside and play, even against a good team like Lebanon."
Blue Devil senior Nolan Chambers made the most of his first mound appearance this season, overcoming some first inning jitters to strike out 13 and allowing just three hits in five innings of work.
LHS (6-1) scored seven in the first inning, then added three each in the second and third, then four more in the fourth.
The Blue Devils pounded out 12 hits -- including two each from Lathon Whittington and Bryce Lester. Whittington drove in three runs, Lester two and Brady Estes two.
Second baseman Connor Underwood drilled a first inning single to drive in MJCA's only run.
LHS is scheduled to play at Hendersonville High 7 p.m. Wednesday at Drakes Creek Park.