An eight-run first inning blasted visiting Mt. Juliet to a 21-0 win over Lebanon in District 9-AAA baseball Wednesday afternoon at Brent Foster Field.
With the quick lead, Mt. Juliet coach Jim Carter used his pitching staff by committee, using a different hurler for each of the five innings. He also liberally sprinkled substitutes into the lineup as the Golden Bears added two runs in the third, put up another eight-spot in the fourth and three in the fifth as they improved to 15-2-1 for the season and 5-1 in District 9-AAA.
Mt. Juliet outhit Lebanon 12-4. Peyton Harris drove in four runs on a double and a single while Logan Harris hit a two-run single in the third.
The Blue Devils dropped to 8-11 going into a Saturday afternoon trip to Franklin County for a 2:30 p.m. game.
Mt. Juliet will be in Knoxville this weekend for the Demarini Diamond Classic. The Bears will be at Hardin Valley for a 4:30 p.m. CDT game Friday and will remain for a 7 o’clock tilt against Morristown West. MJ will play at Knoxville Catholic at 10 a.m. Saturday before going to Christian Academy of Knoxville to take on Seymour at 3 p.m.
Goodpasture overpowers Purple Tigers 9-2
WATERTOWN — Carter Wiseman drove in four runs on two homers Wednesday to power Goodpasture past Watertown 9-2 in District 8-A baseball at Three Forks Park.
The Purple Tigers jumped to a 1-0 first-inning lead when Dusty Meador doubled and scored on Justin Johnson’s single.
But Goodpasture, last season’s Class AA state runner up before dropping down to A this year, put up two-spots in the third and fifth frames.
Austin Brown, who had two of the Tigers’ six hits, homered in the bottom of the fifth for Watertown’s final run.
Goodpasture tacked on a run in the sixth off freshman starter Seth Price and finished off the game with four in the seventh off reliever Robert Caruthers. Price struck out six and Caruthers one as they combined to allow 12 hits.
The Tigers, who fell to 8-8 for the season and 2-2 in the district, will travel to Jackson County for the Alex Cassetty Classic this weekend. They will open with Monterey at 5:15 p.m. Friday before returning Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest with Westmoreland and a 6 o’clock date with Smith County.
Gaines drives in winner in wild 14-13 FCS victory
Colton Gaines lined a two-run single to left-center field in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night to lift host Friendship Christian past Donelson Christian in a wild 14-13 final in East-Middle District 1-A baseball.
The Commanders scored three two-out runs in their final at bat to give Gaines the win on the mound.
Steven Hollis led off the inning with a bunt single down the third-base line and made his way to third on a groundout and a flyout. Jackson Vance reached on a two-out throwing error as Hollis scored. Cody Walker singled through the hole and both runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball with Gaines batting.
Eli Hunt, courtesy-running for catcher Walker, scored the winning run.
Gaines pitched five innings in relief, allowing four runs [two earned] on seven hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts as the Commanders climbed to 9-6 for the season and 5-0 in the district.
DCA led 9-2 in the second inning before tacking on single scores over the final four frames. Friendship fought back with nine runs in the fifth as the Commanders climbed into an 11-11 tie. The Wildcats outhit FCS 15-12.
Joseph McNamee hit a two-out, three-run single as the runners were going in the fifth inning for Friendship. Walker drove in three runs on a double and two singles for the day while Vance had two RBI on as many singles. Marshall Taylor tacked on a two-run single in the fifth.
Hollis had two singles and Milam Copeland and Jacob Self one each.
Friendship will go to Donelson Christian today for a 4 p.m. game to wrap up the district home-and-home series before the Commanders hop into their cars to go to Hendersonville’s Drakes Creek Park for an evening tilt with the host Commandos.