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Big first inning spark Lady ‘Cats past Lebanon

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:16 PM

GLADEVILLE — A four-run first inning sparked Wilson Central to a 9-5 win over visiting Lebanon in District 9-AAA softball Tuesday.

The Lady Wildcats collected a season-high 15 hits as every starter hit safely. Brittany Wiseman, Morgan Powell, Kendall Eden, Kayla Varner, Claire Smith and Kelsey Tomlin had two hits apiece.

Katlin Eakes and Shelby Jones each had two of Lebanon’s seven hits. Autumn Baldwin doubled and drove in three runs.

Hannah Bodenhorn was the winning pitcher as the Lady Wildcats climbed to 11-12 for the season and 2-1 in the district.

Kasey Squires took the loss for the Lady Devils, who dropped to 9-6.

Central is off until a weekend trip to Huntsville, Ala., for the Bob Jones Tournament.

A day earlier, Lebanon’s seventh-inning rally fell short Monday in a 7-5 home loss to Gordonsville.

The Tigerettes led 5-0 through two innings and 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh before the Lady Devils got three runs in their final at bat as they fell to 9-5.

Anna Smallwood pitched all seven innings for Lebanon, allowing 13 hits.

Lebanon accumulated 11 hits, including three singles apiece by Sarah Aubuchon and Eakes. Brittany Nagelhout drove in two runs as she and Jones each had two hits.

Sanders perfect in MJ’s 16-0 win over Gallatin

GALLATIN — Mt. Juliet scored 10 runs in the first inning Tuesday and the Lady Bears pounded Gallatin 16-0 in four innings.

Seven of Mt. Juliet’s 20 hits went for extra bases.

Savannah Sanders pitched a perfect game with eight strikeouts as Mt. Juliet moved to 14-2 for the season and 3-0 in District 9-AAA.

Leadoff batter Emily Bombard had two hits and scored twice in the first inning. Savanna Oliver also had a pair of early hits. Ashton Stowe, Shelby Woodard, Riley Walker, Kristen Hammer and Kelsie Craighead had hits and scored. Sanders was hit by a pitch and her courtesy runner, Lily Bombard, scored.

Kristen Jackson singled in the second and, after a Craighead single, scored on Bombard’s double.

Woodard doubled to open the third and scored on Oliver’s single. Hammer doubled in Oliver and Jackson knocked in pinch-runner Baley Walker.

Stowe reached on a bunt single in the fourth and scored on Woodard’s double. Walker singled in Stowe.

Bombard, Woodard, Oliver and Jackson had three hits each and Stowe, Walker, Hammer and Craighead two apiece.

The Lady Bears were coming off a 2-1 rain-shortened weekend in the Choo-Choo Classic in Chattanooga.

On Friday, Sanders tossed a no-hitter in an 11-0 win over Sequoyah. She spun a two-hitter in a 10-0 trouncing of Sale Creek as Woodard hit a three-run homer.

By Saturday morning, the Lady Bears had their pool wrapped up so coach Brad Rowlett played his junior varsity against Farragut, whose varsity won 16-5 in the rain and mud before rain washed out the remainder of the tournament.

Mt. Juliet will travel to Station Camp at 5 p.m. Thursday for a district game.

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