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Caruthers powers Purple Tigers past Monterey

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM

WATERTOWN — Robert Caruthers’ three-run homer in the first inning ignited Watertown to a 16-5 win over Monterey on Tuesday afternoon at Three Forks Park.

The Purple Tigers, who spotted the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, blew the game open with five runs in the second inning and eight in the third before Monterey got five in the fifth, and final, inning.

Seth Price struck out six in three innings for the win. Colin Jennings and Justin Johnson finished the three-hitter as the Purple Tigers won for the second time in as many days to open the season.

Caruthers drove in five runs on three hits. Dusty Meador had three RBI on four hits, giving him seven RBI in an 8-for-8 start for the season. Price produced three hits and Johnson and Jennings two each.

After pounding out 20 hits with metal bats, Watertown will play in the Creek Wood Bat Tournament at Clarksville Academy later this week, starting with a 3 p.m. game against Jo Byrns on Thursday. The Tigers will face East Robertson and Clarksville Academy on Friday and Sycamore on Saturday.

Commanders’ season, spring break trip off to rough start

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Friendship Christian’s rebuilding process got off to a rocky start Monday as the Commanders’ season began with a 16-2 loss to Brandon, Miss., and a 17-0 blanking by Northwest Rankin’s Gold team.

It got better Tuesday as the Commanders led going into a rain delay before dropping a rain-shortened 5-3 decision to Clinton, Miss.

Brandon scored four times in the first inning, twice in the second and eight times in the third to saddle Colton Gaines with the loss.

Both Friendship runs came in the second inning. Steven Hollis, who missed last  year’s state championship season while recovering from surgery, hit an RBI double and Jackson Vance a run-scoring single. Jordan MacNamee singled for the Commanders’ final hit.

Northwest Rankin scored six times in the second inning, eight in the third and three in the fourth as Marshall Taylor took the loss with 2 1/3 innings.

Michael Hawks, the only senior returning from last year’s Class A state championship team, tripled for Friendship. Cody Walker singled twice and Jacob Self and Milam Copeland once each.

Copeland’s two-run single staked Friendship to a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth against Clinton.

The game went into a 30-minute rain delay in the top of the sixth as Clinton scored three times against Hawks, who went 5 2/3 innings.

Play resumed but the game was called after six complete innings.

Clinton jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. A Copeland bunt and an error enabled Friendship to tie the game in the third.

Hawks doubled and scored in the fourth and Jacob Self singled and scored in the third. Jackson Vance rounded out Friendship’s four-hit day.

The Commanders will wrap up their trip today with an 11:30 a.m. game against Northwest Rankin’s Black team.

Bears beat Rossview 3-1 behind Hoppe

CLARKSVILLE — Mt. Juliet scored all its runs in the fourth inning to back Curt Hoppe in a 3-1 win at Rossview on Tuesday night.

Hoppe allowed an earned run on two hits with six strikeouts in five innings for the win as the Golden Bears moved to 2-0. Zach Austin pitched a perfect sixth and Eli Schreiber the seventh for his second save in as many nights.

Hoppe and Jackson Hollinshead hit two-out RBI singles in the Mt. Juliet fourth. Marshall Gei had two hits to lead the offense.

Mt. Juliet will travel to Chattanooga today to play in the Scenic City Classic. The Golden Bears will open with Northwest Whitfield, Ga., at McCallie at 6 p.m. tonight.

MJCA off to 1-1 start under former Cumberland infielder Schrock

Mt. Juliet Christian outscored host Hillwood 10-7 Tuesday after the Saints dropped their season opener at the Donelson Rotary ballpark to the Tennessee Heat homeschool team 7-6 in eight innings Monday.

Yesterday’s win was the first for new Mt. Juliet Christian coach Chris Schrock, a Cumberland infielder during the 1990s.

The Saints spotted Hillwood a 2-0 first-inning lead before going in front with three in the third. But a four-run Topper inning put the home team ahead 7-6 in the fifth before Mt. Juliet Christian answered with a four-spot in the sixth.

The final rally made a winner of Andy Pitman, who pitched two innings in relief.

Gilbert Russ hit a two-run single for the Saints while Elliott Lee drove in a pair of runs and Connor Underwood one on two hits each.

The day before, the Heat got the walk-off win on a two-out bloop single to right field to tag reliever Michael Gallione with the loss.

Mt. Juliet Christian, which jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third inning, forced extra inning with a score in the seventh.

Zach Jones drove in a run as he and Lee each doubled and singled. Pitman also picked up an RBI as he and Underwood both singled twice.

Mt. Juliet Christian is scheduled to play its home opener Thursday when Knoxville Webb comes in for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader in the Saints’ East-Middle District 1-A opener.

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