Kaitlin Eakes’ double to left-center field drove in Megan Brown with the walk-off run in the seventh inning of Lebanon’s 3-2 softball win over visiting Cookeville on Thursday.
The hits came after Brown walked and Hannah Simmons singled to make a winner of Kasey Squires, who allowed 10 hits but persevered as Lebanon improved to 7-4.
Cookeville scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before Lebanon got two in the sixth as Squires and Autumn Baldwin drove in the runs without benefit of a hit.
Jones had a double while Eakes and Brittany Nagelhout each had two of the Lady Devils’ seven hits.
Lebanon will play host to Gordonsville at 4:30 p.m. Monday before the Lady Devils travel to Wilson Central on Tuesday.
Hamlet homers as Watertown whips RBS in 8-A opener
RED BOILING SPRINGS — Watertown rolled past Red Boiling Springs 14-1 in the Tigerettes’ District 8-A opener Thursday.
Shelby Hamlet homered as she and Hailey Lasater each drove in four runs and doubled. Mallory Josey tripled as she and Bailey Griffin doubled as part of the Tigerettes’ 15-hit attack.
Tomlinson allowed two hits and a walk in four innings while striking out seven before Brittney Pryor worked the fifth as the Tigerettes moved to 6-4.
Watertown is scheduled to play host to Clay County in a noon doubleheader Saturday at Three Forks Park.
Rain prompts DA coach to pull team in 5-5 tie with FCS
NASHVILLE — In his years as Friendship Christian’s softball coach and even more seasons as a baseball player and coach, Jody Atwood said he had never seen anything like it.
With his Lady Commanders and host Davidson Academy locked in a 5-5 tie in the top of the 10th inning and rain falling, longtime Lady Bears coach Stacy Swinea pulled her team off the field citing concerns about the safety of the players with rain falling.
Since it was a coach pulling her team off the field and not the umpires stopping play, Atwood would probably be within his rights to declare a forfeit win.
“I’m not one to take a forfeit like this,” said Atwood, a Lebanon native who starred in the Kiwanis Little League, Lebanon High School and Cumberland University before a coaching career which has taken him to Wilson Central and FCS. “She was doing this to protect her players.”
Atwood said he talked with Swinea later and plans to call her next week to try and find a date to resume the game, which would have Jordan Burton on first base following a single and Kelsi Dickey batting with no one out in the 10th.
Friendship scored single runs in the first and fourth innings and three in the fifth. Davidson had two-spots in the first and third frames and one to tie the score in the sixth.
Burton, who banged out three hits, led off the game with a triple and scored on Dickey’s double.
With Friendship trailing 4-1 in the fourth, singles by Brice Dabbs and Brittany Petry set up Kaylee Davenport’s RBI double to right-center field.
In the fifth, Burton, Dickey, Tana Whited and Brice Dabbs singled [with the latter two driving in a run apiece] before Dabbs sent a sacrifice fly to center to put Friendship in front 5-4.
Kendall Kelsh pitched the first five innings for Friendship and singled before Whited worked the next four, allowing just one hit while striking out four.
Petry picked up two singles while Courtney Petty doubled as the Lady Commanders collected 13 hits to Davidson’s five.
Friendship will travel to Chattanooga today for the Choo-Choo Tournament at the Summitt of Softball. The Lady Commanders will face Hixson at 6:30 p.m. CDT and host East Hamilton at 8. Mt. Juliet is also participating in the tournament at another park.