MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet jumped to a four-run first-inning lead and went on to beat Lebanon 9-4 in District 9-AAA softball Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Bears belted 14 hits and took advantage of three Lebanon errors to improve to 15-2 for the season and 4-0 in the district.
Ashton Stowe stroked a two-run homer to center field in the first inning and Kristen Jackson a three-run shot in the third for a 7-0 lead.
Senior Emily Bombard and freshman Riley Walker had three hits each, Kristen Hammer and Savannah Sanders two apiece and Shelby Woodard and Savanna Oliver one each. Sanders singled in two first-inning runs. Hammer hit an RBI single in the fourth and Bombard a run-scoring triple in the fifth.
Sanders scattered seven Lebanon hits while her defense erred twice. She struck out 13 and walked two in a complete-game outing.
“We swung the bat well early and then I thought we became complacent offensively,” Mt. Juliet coach Brad Rowlett said. “But defensively, we just played flat-footed all night. I was very disappointed with our defensive effort and I give Lebanon credit, they just kept battling.
“For us to achieve our team goals we are going to have to develop more consistency and mental toughness to play the game hard every play. We are a good team when we play with a lot of intensity and effort, but only average when we go through the motions.”
Lebanon scored twice in the fourth on a two-run single by Shelby Jones. Kaitlin Eakes singled in the fifth and scored on Brittany Nagelhout’s single. Sarah Aubuchon homered in the seventh.
Kasey Squires took the loss for Lebanon.
The Lady Bears will play host to their other county district rival, Wilson Central, at 5 p.m. today. The junior-varsity game will follow.
Central’s Bodenhorn spots FCS a run, no-hits Lady Commanders
After a couple of walks and errors put a Friendship Christian run on the board, Hannah Bodenhorn let host Friendship Christian have no more as she no-hit the Lady Commanders in a 7-1 win Wednesday afternoon.
Brooke Eakes and Jordan Burton walked and Kelsi Dickey and Tana Whited reached on errors as Friendship took a 1-0 lead.
Bodenhorn then bore down to strike out the side, the first three of 10 punchouts in the game.
Central came back with two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and four in the fifth as the Lady Wildcats climbed to 15-14 for the season going into today’s 5 p.m. District 9-AAA game at Mt. Juliet.
Katie Eakes, a distant relative to Brooke Eakes, drove in three Lady Wildcat run son two hits. Morgan Powell produced three hits and Brittany Wiseman and Karlie Odum two each. Kendall Eden doubled while Rachael Pope came off the bench as a pinch hitter and produced a two-run single. Kayla Varner, Brooke Pfefferle and Claire Smith also singled.
Tana Whited gave up all 14 Central hits while walking one and striking out two in seven for Friendship, which fell to 17-9 going into Friday’s 3:30 p.m. East-Middle District 1-A doubleheader at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee.
The Lady Wildcats were coming off a 12-0 District 9-AAA shutout of host Gallatin on Tuesday night.
Powell pitched a six-inning one-hitter with 12 strikeouts. She also scored four runs, including hitting a two-run homer.
Katie Eakes tripled twice and Eden added two doubles as each went 3-for-3. Bodenhorn hit a pinch-hit home run as she and Powell went back-to-back in the sixth.
The Lady Wildcats whacked 15 hits in climbing to 3-1 in the district.