GALLATIN — Playing its first game since falling into the District 9-AAA loser’s bracket, Mt. Juliet gave Lebanon no chance to breathe Tuesday night as the Lady Bears eliminated the Devilettes 8-0 at Station Camp.
Savannah Sanders gave up a leadoff double before retiring the next 21 batters in order, 10 on strikes, as Mt. Juliet improved to 28-7 and moved into today’s 5 p.m. loser’s bracket final against Beech.
Lebanon finished its first season under coach John LaFevor at 17-16.
“We got beat by a very good team who I think will go far in postseason,” LaFevor said. “I’m real impressed by Brad’s [Rowlett] team.”
Riley Walker tripled off the top of the fence to score Ashton Stowe in the first inning.
Four Lady Bears scored in the second. Kristen Hammer doubled in Savanna Oliver, who had a team-high three hits. Stowe singled in Hammer before Kelsie Craighead doubled in Kristen Jackson and Stowe.
Doubles by Oliver and Sanders produced a third-inning run.
Oliver doubled in Daleigh Thompson [courtesy-running for catcher Emily Bombard, who had singled] and Shelby Woodard in the fourth.
Following Mt. Juliet’s game, Wilson Central will take on Hendersonville at 7 p.m. in the winner’s bracket final.
Friendship finishes fourth in East-Middle Region
NASHVILLE — Friendship Christian fell to the No. 4 seed from the East-Middle Region with a 5-2 loss to Ezell-Harding on Tuesday at Davidson Academy.
The Lady Commanders dropped a 9-3 decision to the host Lady Bears the night before.
Friendship fell to 26-14 and will have to travel to West Tennessee late next week for a best-of-three sectional to determine one of the four teams to advance to the Spring Fling in two weeks. An opponent won’t be known until late this week for the sectional which will begin May 15.
Tana Whited took the loss against defending state champion Ezell-Harding. She allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out four.
Ezell-Harding broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fourth inning and opened a working margin with two more in the sixth.
Brooke Eakes opened the game with a single and scored on Kelsi Dickey’s single to left for a 1-0 Friendship lead.
After the Lady Commanders left the bases loaded in the second, they got their second score in the fifth on singles by Jordan Burton and Whited.
Davidson Academy snapped a 1-1 tie with a run in the second and broke the game open with three-spots in the fourth and fifth. Whited pitched the first four innings before Kendall Kelsh worked the final two as the pair allowed nine hits.
Second-inning singles by Brice Dabbs and Brittany Petry and a sacrifice bunt by Annalise Jarnigan set up Kaylee Davenport for a tying sacrifice fly to center field.
Walks to Sarah Hall and Eakes and a Burton single loaded the bases in the fifth for Dabbs’ RBI fielder’s choice.
Jarnigan, Hall and Eakes walked to fill the bases in the sixth for Dickey, who singled to left to score a run.