SMYRNA — Following a disastrous beginning, the results continue to get better by leaps and bounds for Lebanon High baseball.
From a 22-0 no-hit loss to Siegel to a walk-off 4-3 heartbreaker at Coffee County, the Blue Devils broke through big time into the win column Thursday with a 19-2 crushing of Cannon County in the Smyrna Grand Slam Challenge, handing Tony Long his first win as LHS coach.
Lebanon led 3-0 in the second inning and broke open a 4-2 lead by scoring seven times in the fifth inning and eight in the sixth to run-rule the Lions.
Jackson Arnold had four of Lebanon’s 16 hits and walked in his other at-bat, doubling and driving in two runs. Taylor Bryan banged out two doubles out of three at-bats, scoring three times and knocking in a score.
Nick Sanders tripled as he and Bryce Lester each banged out two hits. Lester, Eddie McDaniels and Peyton McCullough each drove in a pair of runs.
Zane Potter pitched a six-inning complete-game one-hitter for Lebanon. Jared Jenkins doubled and scored in Cannon County’s two-run third inning. The other Lion run was unearned. Potter walked three and struck out 10.
Lebanon will continue Challenge pool play today at Riverdale against Science Hill at 4:30 p.m.