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Bases-loaded walk lifts Watertown to No. 2 seed in 8-A

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

HARTSVILLE — Austin Brown drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning Monday to lift visiting Watertown to a 7-6 win over Trousdale County.

The win lifted the Purple Tigers to 14-10 for the season and 5-2 in District 8-A, clinching the No. 2 seed for the upcoming league tournament. The teams will hook up again at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Watertown’s Three Forks Park.

Seth Price singled to left field in the eighth, Cameron Jennings walked and Justin Johnson reached on a bunt single to load the bases for Brown.

Price pitched two innings in relief of Johnson to pick up the win. The pair combined to strike out seven Yellow Jackets.

Watertown forced extra innings in the seventh when Brown moved from second to third on a passed ball and scored on an errant throw to third.

Watertown led 3-0 midway through the second inning before Trousdale tied the game in the bottom of the second and went up 5-3 in the third. The Purple Tigers chipped away at the margin and tied the game in the fifth before the Yellow Jackets went back in front 6-5 in the sixth.

Jennings had three hits and Brown one as each drove in two runs. Bo Whitlock and Dusty Meador each managed two hits and Johnson drew two walks.

Blue Devils win twice in Bluegrass State

GLASGOW, Ky. — After struggling against Tennessee teams, Lebanon went to Kentucky and got well in the Bluegrass State with a pair of Saturday wins.

The Blue Devils blasted host Barren County 10-2 before edging Bowling Green 3-2 in nine innings.

Jackson Arnold’s bouncer to third scored the winning run as the off-balanced throw ticked off the first baseman’s glove, allowing Nolan Chambers to score and lift Lebanon to 10-15 for the season.

Chambers reached on a one-out single and went to second on an infield single by Eddie McDaniels one out later.

Zane Potter picked up the win in relief after starter Dawson Hamilton pitched the first seven frames.

Against Barren County, the Blue Devils bolted to an 8-0 lead midway through the fourth inning to hand the win to Jake Millay, who scattered three hits but had to overcome eight walks for the complete-game victory.

Lebanon finished with 13 hits, including four each by Nick Sanders, who drove in three runs, and Millay, who had two RBI. McDaniels and Hamilton had two hits apiece and Taylor Bryan doubled.

The Blue Devils will face Station Camp in a two-game District 9-AAA South home-and-home series at 7 p.m. tonight and Wednesday. Tonight’s contest will be played at Station Camp and Wednesday’s at Brent Foster Field, a reversal from the original schedule.

Senior Night is scheduled for Friday when Franklin County comes to Foster Field. McDaniels, Bryan and Connor Harris will be recognized before the 7 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game against White House is the rain date.

Coin flip leaves ‘Cats out after going 4-0

SODDY-DAISY — Wilson Central left the Trojan Classic with a 4-0 record in the event and an eight-game winning streak, but no championship.

After whipping host Soddy-Daisy 7-1 Saturday, the Wildcats had to await the final Collierville game to determine the pool champion. Central needed a Collierville loss or a win with the Dragons allowing more than two runs or allowing two runs while scoring 13 or less.

Collierville led Cookeville 11-2 in the fifth inning, which had Central in good shape. But the Dragons hit a three-run homer to win 14-2, leaving Collierville and the Wildcats tied in record, runs allowed and runs scored [4-0, eight and 39, respectively].

It came down to a best-of-3 coin flip between Wildcats coach Anthony Ford and Collierville’s Jeff Hopkins. Like the tournament, it came down to the third flip where tails won for the Dragons, who advanced to the championship game

The Wildcats returned home with a 15-11 record and will travel to Mt. Juliet at 7 p.m. tonight for the start of a two-game home-and-home District 9-AAA South series. The Golden Bears will visit Central 24 hours later.

Jake Lefler pitched 5 2/3 innings against Soddy-Daisy to even his record at 1-1. He scattered seven hits while striking out six.

Kyle Hubbuch hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in two runs. Colten Morris also knocked in two scores and doubled while Cullen Smith used a single and a sacrifice fly to send two more runners home. Malone Smith, who signed Monday morning to play for Oklahoma City Community College, added a pair of hits and an RBI.

On Friday, Wilson Central edged East Hamilton 4-3 and routed Red Bank 13-3.

The Wildcats scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings against East Hamilton to hand Kyle Schmitt his fifth win in seven decisions. Cullen Smith singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Drew Trice stole second and third in the fifth, bringing home the tying tally on an errant throw.

Schmitt allowed two earned runs on four hits in a full seven-inning outing with a walk and five strikeouts.

Morris hit a two-out two-run double to put Central in front 2-1 in the second inning.

East Hamilton went up 3-2 with two in the bottom of the third.

Central scored a run in the first and six in the third against Red Bank to lift Dalton McCorkle to 2-2 for the season.

McCorkle scattered five hits and fanned five in six innings.

Ben Spradley drove in four runs on three hits while Austin Fry tripled and knocked in three runs.

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