MT. JULIET — When Mt. Juliet’s bats got going in the late innings, Curt Hoppe made sure Central’s stayed quiet as the Golden Bears prevailed 8-3 Tuesday night.
Central led 2-1 behind Kyle Hubbuch until Mt. Juliet scored three times in the fifth inning and four in the sixth.
Hoppe improved to 5-1 by allowing 12 hits and striking out 14.
He also led his own offense with three of Mt. Juliet’s 12 hits and two RBI. Jackson Hollinshead also drove in two runs on two hits while Marshall Gei went 3-for-3.
Mt. Juliet improved to 20-4 for the season and 8-1 in District 9-AAA, snapping Central’s six-game winning streak in the process.
The West Wilson rivals will reconvene at 7 p.m. tonight at Central to wrap up the two-game series.
Bison trample Blue Devils
GALLATIN — Station Camp made fast work of Lebanon in a 19-2 run-rule thumping in District 9-AAA South baseball Tuesday night.
Five Bison crossed the plate in the bottom of the first inning and the night went downhill from there for the Blue Devils, who dropped to 9-17.
Station Camp cracked 20 hits, including five for extra bases, off four Lebanon pitchers. Austin Windsor drove in four runs as he and Dustin Cowan each cracked four hits.
Lebanon notched nine hits, including three by Eddie McDaniels. Dawson Hamilton drove in both Blue Devil runs in the third inning on a triple. Taylor Bryan doubled.
The teams will wrap up their series at 7 p.m. tonight at Brent Foster Field.
Jennings cousins lead Tigers to run-rule of Trousdale
WATERTOWN — Watertown scored 10 times in the fifth inning to run-rule Trousdale County 14-4 Tuesday at Three Forks Park.
Junior left-hander Colin Jennings pitched a one-hitter with two walks and three strikeouts. Five errors made all of the runs [three in the third inning and one in the fourth] unearned.
His cousin, Cameron Jennings, backed him with the bat, going 3-for-3 with three RBI. Leadoff batter Dusty Meador opened the first inning with a home run and later drove in another score.
Watertown led 4-0 through two innings before breaking a 4-4 tie with the bit fifth as the Purple Tigers improved to 15-10 for the season and finished the District 8-A schedule 6-2, good for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming tournament to be played at Friendship Christian.
The Tigers will travel to Murfreesboro on Thursday to take on Middle Tennessee Christian at 6 p.m.
Hawks pitches eight, gets winning hit for FCS
ANTIOCH — Leave it up to the pitcher to get the big hit.
Michael Hawks’ two-run double broke an eighth-inning tie and he pitched the extra-inning complete game in Friendship Christian’s 3-1 win at Ezell-Harding on Tuesday.
Hawks’ double to right-center field followed singles by Jacob Self and Joseph McNamee sandwiched around an intentional walk to Steven Hollis.
The senior scattered four hits and a walk while striking out six as the Commanders climbed to 12-13 for the season and a final 7-3 in the East-Middle District 1-A, good for the No. 3 seed in the tournament which will begin next Monday.
Ezell-Harding, which finished second despite the loss, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Friendship tied the score in the sixth when Marshall Taylor singled in Colton Gaines, who had singled and moved around on Milam Copeland’s sacrifice bunt and Self’s single.
Friendship will travel to Goodpasture at 4:30 p.m. today.
Tournament play will begin with play-in games Monday. Friendship will play host to St. Andrew’s-Sewanee while No. 5-seed Mt. Juliet Christian visits Donelson Christian.
With a win, Friendship would return to Ezell-Harding on Tuesday while the MJCA-DCA victor goes to top-seeded Knoxville Webb, which is hosting the tournament, though a game pitting two Midstate teams would be played at the higher seed to cut down on travel.
The top three tournament finishers will advance to the East-Middle Region, making next Wednesday’s loser’s-bracket game the key contest in the week.
Bases-loaded walk lifts Watertown to No. 2 seed in 8-A
HARTSVILLE — Austin Brown drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning Monday to lift visiting Watertown to a 7-6 win over Trousdale County, clinching the No. 2 seed for the upcoming District 8-A tournament.
Seth Price singled to left field in the eighth, Cameron Jennings walked and Justin Johnson reached on a bunt single to load the bases for Brown.
Price pitched two innings in relief of Johnson to pick up the win. The pair combined to strike out seven Yellow Jackets.
Watertown forced extra innings in the seventh when Brown moved from second to third on a passed ball and scored on an errant throw to third.
Watertown led 3-0 midway through the second inning before Trousdale tied the game in the bottom of the second and went up 5-3 in the third. The Purple Tigers chipped away at the margin and tied the game in the fifth before the Yellow Jackets went back in front 6-5 in the sixth.
Jennings had three hits and Brown one as each drove in two runs. Bo Whitlock and Dusty Meador each managed two hits and Johnson drew two walks.
DCA run-rules MJCA
MT. JULIET — Donelson Christian run-ruled Mt. Juliet Christian 14-4 Monday at Billie Friel Field.
The Wildcats finished with 14 hits and blew the game open with eight runs in the fourth inning as the Saints finished with five hits in sinking to 10-10.
Zach Jones took the loss but had a double and a single. Cole Genser singled twice and drove in a run.
The East-Middle District 1-A rivals concluded their home-and-home series Tuesday night at DCA.