GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central scored early and often Tuesday in an 8-4 win over visiting Lebanon in the first of a two-game District 9-AAA South series Tuesday.
After spotting Lebanon a top-of-the-first-inning run, Central scored three times in the bottom half and the Wildcats scored in their first five frames.
Left-hander Eddie McDaniels worked the first four frames, allowing seven runs on 10 hits, to take the loss.
Central southpaw A.J. Franklin also surrendered 10 hits, but fanned five and avoided extra trouble in a six-inning outing on a 40-degree late afternoon.
Jake Lefler went 4-for-4 for Central while Kyle Hubbuch doubled and singled. Cullen Smith singled twice and Malone Smith doubled as the Wildcats climbed to 10-11 for the season and 4-3 in the district.
Nick Sanders doubled as he, Bryce Lester and Jackson Arnold each had two hits for the Blue Devils, who dropped to 8-14 for the season going into tonight’s 7 p.m. series finale with the Wildcats at Brent Foster Field.
Eight-run first launches Smith, Bears
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet poured eight runs across the plate in the first inning of a 14-1 win over Station Camp in District 9-AAA South baseball Tuesday.
Curt Hoppe drove in two runs on three hits while Jackson Hollinshead, Zach Ehrhart, Tyler Warmath and C.J. Kastner each collected two of Mt. Juliet’s 14 hits as the Golden Bears improved to 17-4 for the season and 6-1 in district play.
Austin Smith allowed four hits in improving to 5-1.
The teams will hook up again at 5 p.m. today at Station Camp.
Saints sweep St. Andrew’s-Sewanee
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian swept an East-Middle District 1-A doubleheader from visiting St. Andrew’s-Sewanee 6-0 and 8-0 Monday.
Zach Jones hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the sixth inning of the opener for one of the Saints’ four hits.
Rik Vanmali allowed five hits and two walks while striking out 10 in a seven-inning complete game.
The second game was limited to five innings. The Saints put up four-spots in the first and second frames to help Michael Gallione to the win. The right-hander allowed a hit and a walk in four innings with five strikeouts.
Cody Nalley and Connor Underwood each drove in two runs on a single. Jones added an RBI as he and Elliot Lee each added a pair of singles.