NASHVILLE — Wilson Central junior A.J. Franklin got first-hand experience on his future mound Monday night when the left-hander held Portland to four hits in a 13-3 District 9-AAA win at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field.
Franklin, who committed to the Commodores last fall, struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win in his first decision. He missed the opening week of the season while playing with the Wildcat basketball team in the state tournament.
Kyle Hubbuch drove in four Central scores in a triple and a single while Cullen Smith knocked in two runs on three doubles. Malone Smith also had two RBI on a double as the Wildcats climbed to 4-6 for the season and 1-1 in the district.
Central was scheduled to play host to Glenbrook North [Ill.] Tuesday. The Wildcats are scheduled to play host to Father Ryan at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the Warrior Classic.
McNamee, Vance lead FCS past McGavock
DONELSON — Joseph McNamee drove in four Friendship Christian runs Monday night to help the Commanders past host McGavock 17-3 at Mel Brown Field.
McNamee notched three of Friendship’s 14 hits, including a two-run double in a 12-run fifth inning.
Winning pitcher Jackson Vance went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI single. On the mound, the sophomore right-hander scattered seven hits and four walks while striking out five in a five-inning complete game. He improved to 1-2 as the Commanders climbed to 2-8.
Steven Hollis hit a two-run double and singled while Colton Gaines collected a pair of RBI singles. Marshall Taylor singled in a run and Milam Copeland also collected a single as both drew bases-loaded walks. Michael Hawks had a single.
The field is named for the Raiders’ former legendary baseball coach, now principal at Mt. Juliet High.
Friendship will play host to Macon County at 6 p.m. tonight.
Bears blank Gallatin
MT. JULIET — Austin Smith and Gavin Ford took care of Gallatin’s bats while Marshall Gei led Mt. Juliet’s offensive attack in a 9-0 win Monday night.
Smith struck out 10 in five innings before Ford fanned five in two frames in a combined two-hitter. Smith improved to 2-1 and the Golden Bears are 10-2.
Gei had three of Mt. Juliet’s 10 hits, including a double, and drove in two runs.
Mt. Juliet will play host to Dobyns Bennett at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the Warrior Classic.
Saints shut out by Ezell-Harding
MT. JULIET — Ezell-Harding run-ruled Mt. Juliet Christian 13-0 in five innings Monday.
The Eagles scored four times in the second inning and nine in the third to pin the loss on Rik Vanmali. Ezell-Harding had 11 hits.
Elliott Lee and Andy Pitman each picked up two of the Saints’ five hits.
The teams were scheduled to wrap up the East-Middle District 1-A series Tuesday at Ezell-Harding. Mt. Juliet Christian is scheduled to travel to Stratford for a 4 p.m. game Thursday.