GLADEVILLE — Hannah Bodenhorn held Portland to a fourth-inning bunt single as Wilson Central opened the District 9-AAA softball tournament with an 8-0 win Thursday.
Bodenhorn struck out 12 and watched her offense scored in its first four at-bats and in five of its six to advance to Monday’s 5 p.m. semifinal against Lebanon at Station Camp.
Katie Eakes and Brooke Pfefferle each had three of Central’s 11 hits while Brittany Wiseman, Kelsey Tomlin, Morgan Powell, Kendall Eden and Claire Smith had one each.
Lebanon edges Station Camp 3-2
GALLATIN — Lebanon scored all its runs in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night and Kasey Squires made the lead stand in a 3-2 win over host Station Camp in the opening round of the District 9-AAA softball tournament.
Station Camp scored single runs in the second and third innings before Lebanon’s uprising.
Sarah Aubuchon singled and catcher Brittany Nagelhout walked. Shelby Wright drove in the first run with a double. Squires, who had two of Lebanon’s five hits, knocked in the tying score. Autumn Baldwin’s fielder’s choice scored Megan Rutherford, courtesy-running for Squires, with the go-ahead run.
Lebanon improved to 16-15 for the season and will return to Station Camp on Monday for a 5 p.m. semifinal game against Wilson Central.
Friendship falls in 1-A final 8-6, will open regional at home tonight
DONELSON — Friendship Christian came up on the short end of a back-and-forth 8-6 loss to Ezell-Harding in the finals of the East-Middle District 1-A tournament Thursday night at Donelson Christian.
The defending state champion Lady Eagles had 13 hits against Tana Whited, who struck out five and walked one as Friendship fell to 25-12.
The Lady Commanders will play at home at 6 p.m. tonight in the East-Middle Region tournament against Battle Ground Academy.
Friendship finished with eight hits against Ezell-Harding, but was hit by pitches six times and left the bases loaded on three occasions.
The teams were tied 5-5 after five innings. Ezell-Harding scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh while Friendship could counter with only a sixth-inning score.
After Ezell-Harding jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Friendship went up 2-1 in the bottom half. Brooke Eakes was hit by a pitch. Jordan Burton, Kelsi Dickey, Brice Dabbs and Brittany Petry followed with singles, with Dickey and Dabbs picking up the RBIs.
Dabbs was hit to lead off the fourth and, following a Petry single, Annalise Jarnigan was hit. Sarah Hall reached on an error to drove in one run and leave the bases loaded, giving Eakes an RBI when she took one for the team.
In the fifth Dabbs walked, Petry reached on an error and Jarnigan singled to load the bases. Kaylee Davenport reached on a run-scoring error.
Burton was hit by a pitch in lead off the sixth, Whited singled and Dabbs walked to fill the bases for Petry, who singled in Burton.
Hendersonville upsets Mt. Juliet 2-1
MT. JULIET — Hendersonville scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to stun host Mt. Juliet 2-1 in the opening round of the District 9-AAA softball tournament Thursday.
The Lady Commandos collected two of their five hits and took advantage of an error in the seventh against Savannah Sanders.
The South Division No. 2-seed Lady Bears fell into the loser’s bracket and would have played at 7 p.m. tonight at Station Camp. But Gallatin forfeited out of the tournament [enabling Beech to get a free pass into Monday night’s semifinal against Hendersonville.
As a result, Mt. Juliet will slide into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. loser’s bracket contest with a 27-7 record against Monday’s Lebanon-Wilson Central loser.
“Been down this road before, now we have no room for error,” Mt. Juliet coach Brad Rowlett said. “We proved last season it can be done and this group is capable of battling back. Tonight just wasn’t our night for whatever reasons, but we do not have time to dwell on this or feel sorry for ourselves because we are down but definitely not out. We will show up Tuesday night at Station Camp and I am anxious to see how we respond.”
Sanders struck out eight, walked one and hit two. One of the runs in the seventh was unearned.
Mt. Juliet scored in the fourth on a home run by Savanna Oliver.
Kelsie Craighead doubled and Riley Walker and Kristen Hammer singled to round out Mt. Juliet’s four-hit parade.