Wildcat comeback comes up short in 4-3 loss

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 11:00 PM

GLADEVILLE — A four-run first inning by Hendersonville was barely too much for host Wilson Central to overcome as the Wildcats fell short 4-3 in their District 9-AAA opener Wednesday night.

An RBI double and Tony Pfefferle and two sacrifice flies by Jake Lelfer in the second and fourth innings brought Central back to within one, but no further as the Wildcats fell to 1-4.

Kyle Hubbuch took the loss.

Pfefferle and Kyle Schmitt each had two of Central’s hits and Ben Spradley one.

Central will open Wilson County Invitational play today against visiting White House at 5:30. Wildcats coach Anthony Ford and the Blue Devils’ Mark Mills were teammates at Cumberland in the mid-1990s.

Friendship falls in Wilson County Invitational, home opener

Friendship Christian began the Wilson County Invitational a day early with a 4-3 loss to visiting DeKalb County on Wednesday.

The Tigers, who were not in Friendship’s pool, wanted to play early due to their basketball banquet. They replaced Smith County in Friendship’s schedule.

DeKalb led 3-0 in the third inning before Colton Gaines’ two-run double in the fourth inning brought Friendship to within a run. The teams exchanged fifth-inning scores with Friendship’s coming on a two-out dropped fly ball.

Jackson Vance pitched the full seven innings in Friendship’s home opener. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

Milam Copeland singled twice and Vance, Steven Hollis, Joseph McNamee, Cody Walker and Michael Hawks once each as the Commanders fell to 1-5.

Friendship is off today, though other WCI games will be played at FCS. The Commanders will return to pool play Friday with an 8:30 p.m. start against Station Camp. Eagleville will be in at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by Gallatin at 12:30 p.m.

After run-ruling RBS, MJCA walks off with loss at McGavock

Mt. Juliet Christian dropped an 8-7 walk-off decision at McGavock on Monday night.

Two days earlier, the Saints run-ruled visiting Red Boiling Springs 14-4.

McGavock took advantage of a bases-loaded, none-out bloop single in the bottom of the seventh inning to drop Mt. Juliet Christian to 2-4 pending today’s 4 p.m. visit from Pearl-Cohn.

Left-hander Rik Vanmali threw 123 pitches in six-plus innings to take the loss, allowing 11 hits while working around six errors.

Mt. Juliet Christian collected nine hits and took advantage of four McGavock miscues. Cole Genser collected two hits while Elliott Lee hit a two-run double. Michael Gallione walked twice and singled.

Against Red Boiling Springs, the Saints took charge with six runs in the second inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit and put the Bulldogs away with five in the fourth.

Gallione allowed five hits in as many innings for the win.

Andy Pitman drove in four runs on two doubles and a single while Lee had three RBI on as many singles as the Saints had 12 hits and took advantage of nine Red Boiling Springs errors.

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