Softball, baseball reports
Cold, damp conditions caused the cancellation of several scheduled season-opening games Monday involving Wilson County prep softball and baseball teams.
Friendship Christian's late afternoon encounter at home versus Father Ryan High was postponed with no make-up date set.
Lebanon High's season-opener against Hendersonville High at Drakes Creek Park was also put on hold, with no make-up date scheduled.
Commando Softball Classic
Wednesday, March 15 figures to be a busy day for four local softball programs as Lebanon High, Wilson Central, Mt. Juliet and Friendship Christian are participating in the annual Commando Classic, being staged at Hendersonville's massive Drakes Creek Park.
Lebanon High, under the direction of new head coach Jody Atwood, is scheduled to play two games today. The Lady Devils will take on Goodpasture at 4:30 p.m. on Field 4 followed by a 6 p.m. contest vs. White House at 6 p.m. on Field 5.
Wilson Central, led by interim coach Shawn Smith, will be on Field 13 today for a pair of games -- both on Field 13. At 4:30 p.m. the Lady Wildcats will take on White House Heritage, followed by a 7:30 p.m. game against Knoxville Gibbs.
Mt. Juliet High's Lady Bears are also slotted for two games this evening on Field 12. MJHS will take on Pope John Paul II at 4:30 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. game with Arlington High of Shelby County.
Friendship Christian, led by new coach Reagan Ingram, has two games on Wednesday's docket -- both on Field 2. The Lady Commanders will take on Class AAA power Beech at 4:30 p.m. with a 6 p.m. clash on tap with Creek Wood High.
Monday softball --
MTCS 6, MJ Christian 2
MT. JULIET -- The Lady Saints of Mt. Juliet Christian took an early 2-0 lead, but dropped a 6-2 decision to Middle Tennessee Christian Monday afternoon.
MJCA will be back in action Monday, March 20 at Clarksville Academy for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader.
Monday baseball --
E. Limestone 2, Mt. Juliet 1
GULF SHORES, AL -- Host East Limestone (AL) pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 2-1 win over Mt. Juliet Monday in the Gulf Coast Classic.
The Golden Bears managed just three hits by Cade Hoppe, Dalton Earheart and Jack Simonson and struck out nine times as a team.
Reliever Aiden Raines (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
On Tuesday, March 14 the Golden Bears will play Washington High in a 4:30 p.m. game at Flagler State Community College.
Wednesday action finds MJHS taking on Bob Jones High in an 11:30 a.m. game at Bayside.
Bob Jones 10, Watertown 0
ORANGE BEACH -- Alabama's Bob Jones High took advantage of some shaky defense, scoring seven runs in the fourth on the way a 10-0 victory over Watertown Monday in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Classic.
Purple Tiger starter Kannan Akins deserved a better fate, striking out five in three and two-thirds innings of work.
Tuesday action features WHS squaring off against Bayside Academy in a 7 p.m. contest.
Watertown (0-1) will be back in action with a single game Wednesday morning against West Limestone (Ala.) at 9 a.m.
Wilson Central 6, TMI-Episcopal 0
KISSIMMEE, FL -- Wilson Central opened the 2017 season with a 6-0 victory over TMI-Episcopal Monday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
On Tuesday, WCHS plays St. Paul's of Maryland in an 8:50 a.m. doubleheader.
Wednesday action finds Central playing Taylor Academy (MA) at 1 p.m.
MJCA 10, University School 0
NASHVILLE -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy opened the season Monday by blanking University School of Nashville 10-0.
Starting pitcher Dawson Perry dominated, striking out 13 with just two walks over six innings of work.
On Tuesday, the Saints are slated for a 4 p.m. home game versus Nashville Maplewood.
Later in the week, MJCA will participate in the St. Patrick's Day Tournament hosted by Loretto High School.
The tournament opens with two games Friday, March 17 -- a 3:30 p.m. game vs. Rogers High (Ala.) followed by a 5:45 p.m. game vs. Culleoka.
Huntsville 13, Friendship 4
GULF SHORES, AL -- Friendship Christian School gave up six runs in the fourth inning, dropping a 13-4 loss to Huntsville High in the Gulf Shores Classic Monday. Tarver Haslip had a pair of singles and Braden Reece added a double.
Tuesday Friendship motors to nearby Robertsdale, Ala. for an 11:30 a.m. game vs. Randolph High; followed by a 2 p.m. contest with Copiah Academy of Mississippi.
The Commanders close out pool play at Robertsdale High with a 4:30 p.m. game Wednesday.