HENDERSONVILLE — Mt. Juliet continued its hot start Thursday with a 2-0 shutout of Science Hill and a 7-3 win over Clarksville in the Commando Classic at Drakes Creek Park.
Savannah Sanders scattered three hits and struck out 11 Lady Hilltopper batters.
She got all the scoring she would need in the bottom of the first inning when Emily Bombard singled, moved to third base on Ashton Stowe’s bunt single and crossed the plate on Savanna Oliver’s groundout.
Stowe reached on another bunt hit in the third, stole second and scored on Oliver’s single.
Against Clarksville, Shelby Woodard scattered five hits and struck out six as Mt. Juliet moved to 5-0.
After spotting the Lady Wildcats a run in the top of the second inning, Mt. Juliet took control with three in the bottom of the frame as the Lady Bears drew two walks, took advantage of a pair of Clarksville errors and got a score on a Kristen Jackson single.
Woodard doubled in the fourth ahead of Oliver’s two-run homer.
Hannah Sheppard drove in Mt. Juliet’s final run in the fourth with an RBI single.
Mt. Juliet will return today for pool play. The Lady Bears will face Bolton at 1 p.m. and David Crockett at 4. The Lady Bears will face Lincoln County at 9:30 a.m. Saturday before elimination play begins at 11:30.
Lady Saints off to 4-0 start under new coach Lee
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian swept visiting Knoxville Webb 16-1 and 16-6 Thursday for a 4-0 start under new coach David Lee.
Eighth-grader Caitlyn Smith pitched both complete game, allowing one hit in the opener.
Freshman Skylar Bowles went 2-for-3 with a triple in the first game. Smith went 3-for-3 and Liz Russ 2-for-3.
Sophomore Olivia Gonzalez homered in the second game.
Mt. Juliet Christian opened the season Tuesday with a 12-1 and 16-1 sweep of visiting Glencliff.
Smith allowed five hits in the first game and one in the nightcap. Freshman catcher Abi Hildabrand homered in the second game.
Central starts 2-2 in Commando Classic
HENDERSONVILLE — Wilson Central was 2-2 through Wednesday’s action in the Commando Classic at Drakes Creek Park.
The Lady Wildcats, who were to have played Sycamore and Daniel Boone on Thursday, lost to St. Benedict 7-0 and beat Dickson County 3-2 in extra innings Monday. They lost to Riverdale 6-4 and beat Pope John Paul II 2-1 in extra innings.
Against St. Benedict, Morgan Powell struck out seven while going 2-for-3. Freshman Claire Smith and senior Karlie Odum also hat Lady Wildcat hits.
Against Dickson County, Central scored twice in the top of the tie-breaker inning and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the sixth.
Hannah Bodenhorn struck out 12 and allowed five hits in six innings for Central.
Sophomore Katie Eakes homered in the second inning for a 1-0 Lady Wildcat lead which held until Dickson County turned a fifth-inning error into a two-out run to tie the score. Kendall Eden added an RBI single and freshman Brooke Pfefferle also had a hit.
Against Riverdale, Central fell behind 6-1 before the Lady Wildcats scored three times in the third inning. Eakes drove in three runs on two doubles. Kelsey Tomlin singled twice and scored a pair of runs while sophomore Kelly Preston also singled.
Bodenhorn allowed six runs, three earned, on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in three innings.
Against Pope John Paul II, Brittany Wiseman hit a bases-loaded double to the gap to score Kendall Eden, who had walked, and Morgan Powell [double].
Powell was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in six innings. She gave up PJPII’s run in the top of the sixth inning.
MJCA middle beats USN 13-5
NASHVILLE — Mt. Juliet Christian’s middle school softball team defeated University School of Nashville 13-5 Thursday night.
Sisters Megan and Carly Suhm homered while pitcher Megan Blackwell struck out seven for the Lady Saints.
“[We] hit the ball well and played a strong defensive game,” Mt. Juliet Christian coach Andrea Curtis said.