Mt. Juliet hit three home runs and Savannah Sanders kept host Lebanon largely in check Thursday as the Lady Bears overpowered the Lady Devils 10-2 in District 9-AAA softball.
Sanders allowed three hits and three walks while striking out 14.
Two of Mt. Juliet’s three errors came on the same fourth-inning play which scored a Lebanon run. Sarah Aubuchon homered in the sixth for the Lady Devils’ other score.
Mt. Juliet, which finished with 12 hits off Kasey Squires and Anna Smallwood, scored in the first when Ashton Stowe reached on an error and came home on Riley Walker’s single.
Walker walked in the third and trotted home on Shelby Woodard’s home run over the left-center field fence.
Kelsie Craighead, who led the Lady Bears with three hits, homered in the fifth. Woodard followed with a single and scored on a Savanna Oliver double.
Kristin Jackson homered to left in the sixth. Craighead singled and Emily Bombard reached on an error. Walker doubled both runners [Daleigh Thompson was courtesy-running for catcher Bombard] home.
Singles by Oliver, Jackson and Craighead accounted for the final scores in the seventh as Mt. Juliet moved to 21-6 for the season and 7-1 in district play.
“We are playing well right now,” said Mt. Juliet coach Brad Rowlett, whose Lady Bears will travel to Louisville, Ky., today for the Ballard Super Prep Event. “This weekend we will see where we stand outside the state of Tennessee. But our focus is to get better everyday as a team and be mentally and physically ready come tournament time.
“All three times [we] play this weekend have a signed or committed Division I pitcher. We like the challenge and it will only make us better. But we feel we belong and will compete in a positive way in this invitation-only tournament.”
After returning home, the Lady Bears will travel to Beech on Tuesday for a key late-season district duel.
Powell pitches Central past Gallatin
GLADEVILLE — Morgan Powell pitched a complete-game two-hitter for host Wilson Central in a 6-1 District 9-AAA softball win over Gallatin on Thursday.
Powell struck out 11 while, at the plate, contributing a double and a single as the Lady Wildcats climbed to 18-14 for the season and 6-1 in district play.
Katie Eakes and Kelsey Tomlin also had a pair of hits apiece while Brittany Wiseman, Kendall Eden and Kayla Varner added one each.
Central will travel to Soddy-Daisy today for a weekend tournament. The Lady Wildcats will face Chattanooga Arts & Sciences, Walker Valley and Bledsoe County in today’s pool play.
Gordonsville uses extra-base hits to beat Watertown
WATERTOWN — Cori Jennings held Watertown to four hits Thursday to lead Gordsonville to a 7-3 District 8-A softball win at Three Forks Park.
Jennings, whose father Randy is a former Cumberland All-American shortstop and baseball and girls’ basketball coach at Watertown, struck out 11 and walked three. She shut out the home team until the sixth inning when WHS scored all its runs.
Gordonsville put up two-spots in the first and third innings and three in the fourth.
The visitors collected 10 hits off Watertown’s Brittney Pryor and Tiffany Tomlinson, eight of which went for extra bases. Briona Inman had three of the hits, including a pair of solo home runs. Shelby West and Robin Anne Hord each had two doubles and Taylor Tsai and Shleb Prichard one each.
Tomlinson doubled for Watertown as she, McKay Hill and Leanna Warren had the home team’s RBIs.
Watertown is scheduled to play at Westmoreland at 3:30 p.m. today in a game changed from Three Forks this week.
Ezell-Harding slides past Friendship in 7th
ANTIOCH — Defending state champion Ezell-Harding scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off with a 7-6 win over Friendship Christian, handing the Lady Commanders their first East-Middle District 1-A loss of the season, Thursday.
The Lady Eagles tied the score on a pair of doubles. On a squeeze bunt back to pitcher Tana Whited, the runner on third slid home when the throw to the plate was dropped as Friendship fell to 20-10 for the season and 7-1 in district play.
The Lady Commanders led 2-0 midway through the fourth inning, fell behind 3-2 in the bottom of the inning before going back up 6-3 midway through the sixth. The Lady Eagles put up two-spots over their final two at bats.
Whited pitched the full 6 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and a walk while striking out three.
Friendship finished with seven hits and committed four errors.
Brice Dabbs singled and scored on Annalise Jarnigan’s double for a 1-0 riendship lead in the second inning.
Brittany Petry doubled and scored on Sarah Hall’s sacrifice fly to center field in the fourth.
With two out in the Friendship fifth, Jordan Burton doubled and scored on Whited’s single. Following walks to Dabbs and Petry, Jarnigan doubled off the top of the left-field fence to score both.
Brooke Eakes was hit by a pitch in the sixth and scored on Whited’s fielder’s choice.
Kelsi Dickey doubled in the Friendship first.
The Lady Commanders will travel to Knoxville Webb today for a 1 p.m. CDT doubleheader to wrap up district play.
Smith pitches MJCA past Pearl-Cohn
NASHVILLE — Eighth-grader Caitlyn Smith pitched a complete-game two-hitter Thursday as Mt. Juliet Christian pounded Pearl-Cohn 10-2 at Hadley Park.
The Lady Saints scored in the first inning as Ashley Walling, Abi Hildabrand and Olivia Gonzales strung together hits.
They added four in the third as Smith, who struck out five in the circle, doubled in one run and Walling singled home another.
Five Lady Saints scored in the fourth as Hildabrand hit an RBI single and Liz Russ a run-producing double mixed in with singles from Smith and Anna Miller.
Mt. Juliet Christian climbed to 12-6 and will take on Stratford on Monday.