Kendall Kelsh pitched a three-inning one-hitter while Friendship Christian’s hitters needed just two innings to post a 17-0 win over visiting Mt. Juliet Christian in East-Middle District 1-A softball Tuesday afternoon.
Kelsh walked one, struck out five and allowed just a second-inning opposite-field single down the left-field line by eighth-grader Caitlyn Smith as the Lady Saints slipped to 11-5 for the season.
Friendship finished with 13 hits and took advantage of four errors.
The Lady Commanders scored 11 in the first inning, the first of which came without benefit of a hit. Tana Whited whacked an RBI triple, Brice Dabbs a run-scoring double and Brittany Petry an RBI single.
After a single by Annalise Jarnigan, Kaylee Davenport delivered an RBI single and Brooke Eakes a tow-run single. Eakes stole second and scored on a bad throw. Burton and Kelsey Dickey followed with back-to-back home runs.
Davenport and Sarah Hall singled in the second and Eakes reached on an error to load the bases. Burton banged a two-run single and Petry and Jarnigan an RBI single apiece as the Lady Commanders climbed to 20-9 for the season and 7-0 in the district.
Both teams will next play at defending state champion Ezell-Harding – Mt. Juliet Christian today and Friendship at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Lady Bears run rule Hendersonville
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet banged out 13 hits in a 12-2 five-inning hammering of Hendersonville in District 9-AAA softball Tuesday.
The Lady Bears scored three runs in the first and third innings sandwiched around a five-spot in the second and added one in the fifth to end the game and climb to 19-6 for the season, 5-1 in league play.
Savannah Sanders allowed both runs in the top of the fifth inning. She gave up four hits and while striking out eight.
Emily Bombard banged out three hits; Sanders, Ashton Stowe and Savanna Oliver two each and Kelsie Craighead, Riley Walker, Kristen Hammer and Shelby Woodard one apiece.
Woodard had a first-inning RBI single followed by Oliver’s two-run double to right-center field.
Hammer doubled in the second and came around on singles by Sanders and Stowe. Bombard belted a two-run double and freshman Walker whacked a two-run homer.
Craighead hit a sacrifice fly in the third and Bombard added an RBI single before Stowe stole home.
Craighead singled in the fifth and scored the game-ending run on Bombard’s triple.
The Lady Bears were coming off a final-four appearance in the Gibbs Tournament in Knoxville last weekend. Mt. Juliet beat Grace Christian 13-0, William Blount 6-5 and Farragut 3-0 before falling to host Gibbs 5-3 in the semifinals.
Mt. Juliet will travel to district rival Station Camp at 5 p.m. today and at Lebanon at 4:30 Thursday.
Cold weather trims schedule
While some teams braved the 40-degree temperatures Tuesday, Watertown’s home game with Red Boiling Springs and Wilson Central’s contest with visiting Beech were called off.
Beech will visit Central at 5 p.m. today. No makeup date for RBS-Watertown was announced Tuesday.