GLADEVILLE — Mt. Juliet’s Savannah Sanders outdueled Wilson Central’s Hannah Bodenhorn in a 1-0 Lady Bear win with the run scoring on a seventh-inning error Wednesday.
Sanders allowed only a fourth-inning double to Morgan Powell to the fence in left-center field in the forth inning and a walk while striking out 10.
Bodenhorn allowed five hits, escaped a first-inning jam, walked none and hit one. The run scored on a fielding error after Kelsie Craighead singled up the middle in the seventh and stole second base.
Central had the potential tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh before the runner was called out for leaving first base too early for the third out.
Mt. Juliet had a golden opportunity to grab an early lead after Emily Bombard led off the game with a triple. Coach Brad Rowlett called for a safety squeeze and Ashton Stowe reached on a bunt single and stole second. He tried another squeeze which was popped up before Bodenhorn escaped.
Stowe singled twice and stole two bases while Savanna Oliver singled in the Mt. Juliet fourth as the Lady Bears improved to 11-1 for the season and 2-0 in District 9-AAA.
Central slipped to 9-8, 1-1.
The Lady Wildcats will play at home in the [Riverdale] Warrior Classic today. Zion Benton [Ill.] will come in for a 3 p.m. game before Dickson County comes calling at 7.
Mt. Juliet will travel to Chattanooga’s Summit Park for the Choo-Choo Classic. Friendship Christian will also be on hand. The Lady Bears will open with Sequoyah at 5 p.m. CDT Friday before coming back Saturday morning to face Sale Creek, coached by Clifford Kirk [formerly coach at Soddy-Daisy when the Lady Trojans beat MJ in the 2006 and ’07 state finals for two of his 10 championships], and Farragut before opening elimination play.
FCS shuts out DCA
Courtney Petty and Tana Whited combined on a three-hit shutout to lead Friendship Christian past visiting Donelson Christian 8-0 in East-Middle District 1-A softball Wednesday.
Petty allowed two hits and struck out five in as many innings before Whited whiffed one and served up a hit while recording the final six outs as the Lady Commanders climbed to 9-4 for the season and 2-0 in their new district.
They also contributed offensively. Kelsi Dickey, who had two of Friendship’s eight hits, doubled home the walking Brooke Eakes with the game’s first run in the first inning. Whited reached on an errant throw to score Dickey.
Friendship scored four runs in the fourth inning. Jordan Burton singled and, after Annalise Jarnigan was hit by a pitch, scored on Taylor Patterson’s single. Eakes followed with a two-run single and Petty with an RBI double down the left-field line.
Whited walked in the fifth and scored on Brice Dabbs’ single. Sarah Hall, running for Dabbs, came home on Jarnigan’s double down the right-field line.
Friendship will travel to Davidson Academy today for a 5 p.m. game.