Meador, Tigers trounce Lancaster

Blue Devils no-hit in Long debut Mt. Juliet edges Oakland in opener Commanders’ season, spring break trip off to rough start
Mar 10, 2014
Andy Reed • The Lebanon Democrat Watertown pitching coach Nathan Holcomb hands pitcher Dusty Meador a first-baseman’s mitt during a fourth-inning pitching change. After striking out seven in 3 1/3 innings, the left-hander swapped positions with first baseman Robert Caruthers. Meador drove in three runs on four hits in the Purple Tigers’ opening-day victory.

 

WATERTOWN — Watertown opened its final baseball season in Three Forks Park with a 13-1 whipping of Lancaster Christian on Monday.

The Purple Tigers used a six-run second inning and a seven-run fourth to help fuel the victory.

Dusty Meador had four of Watertown’s seven hits and drove in three runs while picking up the win with 3 1/3 innings on the mound. The left-hander struck out seven before Robert Caruthers and Justin Johnson finished the five-inning affair.

Freshman Seth Price drove in two runs on as many hits while Cameron Jennings had a hit and an RBI.

Watertown will remain home today for a 1 p.m. visit from Monterey.

Blue Devils no-hit in Long debut

MURFREESBORO — It was a rough opener for Lebanon’s 2014 season and debut for coach Tony Long as the Blue Devils were no-hit by Siegel’s Chandler Coley in a 22-0 Stars victory Monday night.

Coley walked three, hit one and struck out five in the five-inning game as he was backed by an 18-hit attack which produced runs in all four Stars at-bats.

Nick Kristinus wielded the strongest stick with eight runs batted in on four hits, including two homers, one of which was a grand slam. He also doubled.

Connor Harris pitched the first 2 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs on four hits and five walks to take the loss. Jake Millay and Tristan Warden followed him to the mound.

Lebanon will travel to Manchester on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game against Coffee County.

Mt. Juliet edges Oakland in opener

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge Oakland 3-2 in season-opening baseball action Monday night.

The Patriots, coached by Lebanon-native [and original Friendship Christian-graduate] Mack Hawks, led 2-0 against Austin Smith going into the bottom of the fifth inning.

Peyton Cole tripled and put the Bears on the board on a fifth-inning wild pitch.

Mt. Juliet scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth after two were out.

Alex Houser hit a two-out double and his pinch-runner, Peyton Haynes, scoring the tying run on Curt Hoppe’s single to center field. Hoppe’s pinch-runner, Matt Massey, brought in the go-ahead score on Jackson Hollinshead’s single to center.

Smith allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out five to earn the win. Eli Schreiber pitched the seventh to secure the save.

Mt. Juliet will travel to Clarksville to take on Rossview tonight in a 6:30 p.m. contest before going to Chattanooga for the Scenic City Classic by the end of the week.

Commanders’ season, spring break trip off to rough start

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Friendship Christian’s rebuilding process got off to a rocky start Monday as the Commanders’ season began with a 16-2 loss to Brandon, Miss., and a 17-0 blanking by Northwest Rankin.

Brandon scored four times in the first inning, twice in the second and eight times in the third to saddle Colton Gaines with the loss.

Both Friendship runs came in the second inning. Steven Hollis, who missed last  year’s state championship season while recovering from surgery, hit an RBI double and Jackson Vance a run-scoring single. Jordan MacNamee singled for the Commanders’ final hit.

Northwest Rankin scored six times in the second inning, eight in the third and three in the fourth as Marshall Taylor took the loss with 2 1/3 innings.

Michael Hawks, the only senior returning from last year’s Class A state championship team, tripled for Friendship. Cody Walker singled twice and Jacob Self and Milam Copeland once each.

Friendship’s spring break trip will continue today with a 2 p.m. game against Clinton, Miss.

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