On second chance, Hendersonville beats Blue Devils 11-4

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

After Wednesday night lightning forced Hendersonville and Lebanon to take a mulligan on their District 9-AAA baseball game, the visiting Commanders thundered past the Blue Devils 11-4 Thursday at Brent Foster Field.

Lebanon jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Eddie McDaniels singled and came home on a triple by Nick Sanders, who crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

But Hendersonville reached Jackson Arnold for four scores in the third inning and five in the fifth. The Commandos collected their final two tallies in the seventh off reliever Tristan Warden, who tossed the final two frames.

Hendersonville had 13 hits, including a triple and a double by Braden Schwerdt. Austin Brown doubled twice and drove in four runs.

The Blue Devils, who finished with seven hits, scored their final two runs in the sixth, one of which came in on a single by Connor Harris, who had a pair of hits.

Matthew Osborne struck out six Blue Devils in a route-going performance for Hendersonville. But he gave up a double to Taylor Bryan as the Blue Devils dropped to 7-8.

Lebanon is scheduled to play host to Siegel at 6 p.m. tonight at Foster Field.

Central rolls past Wave 8-3

GLADEVILLE — After losing a stellar A.J. Franklin pitching performance to lightning in a scoreless fourth-inning tie Wednesday at Gallatin, Wilson Central crushed the visiting Green Wave 8-3 Thursday.

Cullen Smith and Kyle Hubbuch each drove in two Wildcat runs as they and winning  pitch Kyle Schmitt each had two of Central’s 10 hits. Hubbuch and Schmitt doubled. Chase Ford also hit a two-bagger.

Schmitt allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five in a complete game as the Wildcats climbed to 6-10 for the season and 2-2 in District 9-AAA.

Central was coming off a 14-13 loss at Beech on Tuesday night.

The Buccaneers scored the walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh after the Wildcats climbed out of a 13-4 hole over the final three innings. Central scored five times in the fifth inning and four in the seventh.

Malone Smith’s two-run, two-out single pulled Central into the tie. Hubbuch homered off Sam McWilliams in the third inning.

Franklin held Gallatin to one hit with eight strikeouts through 3 2/3 innings before lightning halted play.

Central will play host to Stewarts Creek at 6 p.m. tonight.

DH sweep lifts Friendship to .500 with six straight wins

Friendship Christian swept a double header from visiting Macon County 5-2 and 7-1 Thursday as the Commanders ran their winning streak to six.

Jackson Vance hit a three-run homer to break a 2-2 tie in the third inning of the first game.

That opened the way for freshman Heath Johnson to pick up the win. The right-hander went the full seven innings, allowing six hits and four walks while striking out five.

Friendship jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Michael Hawks and run-scoring double by Cody Walker.

Vance added a double while Steven Hollis had two singles as part of Friendship’s 10-hit parade.

Hollis pitched 6 2/3 innings to get the win in the nightcap, allowing a fourth-inning run, seven hits and six walks while fanning five. Colton Gaines threw one pitch and got a game-ending groundout to first base as the Commanders pulled even at 8-8 on the season after an 0-4 start.

Friendship broke a 1-1 tie with five runs on the fourth inning. Joseph McNamee had an RBI fielder’s choice with a throwing error tacking on another run.

Hollis scored in the first inning on a strike-three wild pitch. Vance hit an RBI double and Hawks a run-scoring single.

Jacob Self and Milam Copeland each cracked a pair of singles for the Commanders, who are scheduled to travel to Trousdale County today for a 5 p.m. game.

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