Last year’s Division I-A state champions remained alive in its first D-II tournament season as host Friendship Christian climbed out of an early deficit to overtake Donelson Christian 8-7 in the East-Middle District 1-A consolation contest Friday night.
DCA led 6-0 midway through the third inning before Friendship fought back with three runs in the bottom of the third, one in the fourth and four in the sixth, capped by Michael Hawks’ steal of home.
Marshall Taylor pitched five innings in relief of starter Jackson Vance for the win as the Commanders climbed to 16-15.
They will play on the road sometime next week in the East-Middle Regional.
Hawks’ two-run single and Vance’s RBI single in the sixth set up the winning play as DCA’s pitcher lifted his leg to throw to first where Vance was. Hawks broke for home and score
Joseph McNamee hit an RBI double, Vance a run-scoring single and Hawks a sacrifice fly in the third. Colton Gaines collected an RBI single in the fifth.
Taylor totaled two singles, as did Hawks, while Jared Lowe added one as Friendship was outhit 12-9.
Devils denied upset win in seventh, eighth
HENDERSONVILLE — A big fifth inning seemed to be enough to lift Lebanon to the District 9-AAA winner’s bracket. But host Hendersonville had other ideas playing at the Commandos’ Drakes Creek Park on Friday night.
The home team tied the score in the bottom of the seventh and won 5-4 in the eighth to snatch an upset victory from the Blue Devils.
Drew Richard squeezed home Austin Brown with the winning run with one out to tag the loss on Jackson Arnold, who relieved starter Eddie McDaniels that inning.
McDaniels saw Connor Fischer score the tying run in the seventh on a throw after Ben Smith’s third single of the night.
The Blue Devils scored all their runs in the fifth for a 4-0 lead. Connor Harris and Bryce Lester had RBIs as Taylor Bryan, Nick Sanders, Nolan Chambers and Peyton Bell crossed the plate.
Lester and Bryan banged out two hits each as the Blue Devils were outhit 9-8. All 17 hits were singles.
Just one of the runs off McDaniels was earned as he walked three and struck out six.
The Blue Devils dropped to 11-17 and into today’s elimination game against Portland at Drakes Creek.
Pfefferle hit sends Central to winner’s bracket
HENDERSONVILLE — Tony Pfefferle’s bases-loaded single snapped a sixth-inning tie and Wilson Central edged Portland 7-6 Friday in the District 9-AAA tournament opening round Friday afternoon at Drakes Creek Park.
Kyle Schmitt overcame a pair of three-run Portland innings in the fourth and sixth innings to improve to 7-6. Jake Lefler finished off the Panthers in the seventh for the save as the Wildcats climbed to 20-12 for the season and reached tonight’s 7 p.m. winner’s bracket final.
The Wildcats committed two errors in the fourth inning and Portland got a two-run double from the leadoff batter in the sixth.
Kyle Hubbuch had two hits, including a double, to lead Central’s offense.
Triple play helps MJ’s Hoppe shut out Gallatin
MT. JULIET — Curt Hoppe pitched a five-hit shutout and Mt. Juliet scored all its runs in the third inning of a 3-0 win over Gallatin in the opening round of the District 9-AAA baseball tournament Friday night.
Hoppe struck out eight as he improved to 6-1. He was backed by a fourth-inning triple play and struck out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out the side.
Mt. Juliet’s runs came with two out on a Marshall Gei two-run double and Zach Ehrhart RBI single.
The Golden Bears will play host to Beech at 2 p.m. today in the winner’s bracket while Gallatin will try to keep its season alive at 11 a.m. against Station Camp.