A year after winning a Division I-A state championship, Friendship Christian began its first D-II tournament with a 17-1 thumping of visiting St. Andrew’s-Sewanee 17-1 Wednesday in the East-Middle District 1-A opener.
The Commanders scored 11 times in the second inning to help send freshman Heath Johnson to the victory. The right-hander allowed two hits and one walk in the five-inning complete game with seven strikeouts.
Friendship moved above .500 for the first time this season at 15-14 and will visit Ezell-Harding at 5:30 p.m. today where a victory would put the Commanders into Friday’s championship game and East-Middle Region. A loss would put them into a loser-out third-place game.
Joseph McNamee had three doubles, including two-run hits in the second and third innings. He blooped a two-bagger in the first and scored the first run.
Jared Lowe doubled home a pair of runs in the second from the No. 9 hole. Marshall Taylor singled twice as he and Michael Hawks each hit an RBI single in the third. Jacob Self had a run-scoring single in the second. Colton Gaines and Milam Copeland rounded out the 10-hit attack.
Central seniors finish home schedule in style
GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central’s five seniors stepped up front and center Wednesday, celebrating Senior Night with a 13-0 run-rule win over visiting White House.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when six Wildcats crossed the plate. Seven more scored in the sixth to end the game.
Senior Austin Fry’s second home run of the season was a walk-off grand slam to left field. Kyle Hubbuch also homered, with a man aboard, doubled, singled and finished with three RBI in his home finale.
Jake Lefler doubled as he and fellow senior Malone Smith drove in two runs on as many hits.
Senior Robbie Vitolens allowed just two hits in six innings as the Wildcats climbed to 19-12 to conclude the regular season.
Central will face Portland at 4 p.m. Friday in the District 9-AAA tournament at Hendersonville’s Drakes Creek Park. Lebanon will take on the host Commandos at 7.
Hoppe homers as Bears win finale
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet and Tullahoma had the same number of hits. But the Golden Bears jumped to an early lead in runs no the way to an 8-3 victory in their regular-season finale Wednesday.
The Bears led 2-0 following the first inning and 6-0 in the second.
Curt Hoppe hit a three-run homer, his fourth long ball of the season, in the second inning. Zach Ehrhart and Tyler Warmath had two hits each while Eli Mason drove in two runs.
Eli Schreiber pitched the first four innings to improve to 3-0. He gave up two earned runs and struck out five. Tyler Overstreet worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Jacob Cole one out and Logan Harris a scoreless seventh as the Bears finished a 23-6 regular season.
Mt. Juliet will host half of the District 9-AAA tournament starting Friday. The Bears will face Gallatin at 7 p.m. Friday after Beech and Station Camp meet up at 4. Gallatin will play at 11 a.m. Saturday [due to prom] and Mt. Juliet at 2. The tournament will resume Monday and the bracket will conclude Tuesday, if necessary, before the bracket winner meets the Hendersonville victor Wednesday for the district championship.
Watertown to finish with Nashville Christian
After rain made a mess of the final week of the regular season, Watertown coach E.J. Wood has scheduled Nashville Christian for a home-and-home series the next two days.
The Purple Tigers will travel to NCS today for a 5 p.m. game before the Eagles come to Three Forks Park on Friday for Senior Night. Festivities will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the game at 6 in what may be Watertown’s final game at the city-owned facility before the team moves to its new on-campus facility next season.
Though Friendship Christian is no longer in District 8-A, the league will use the Commanders’ facilities for the league tournament next week.