Watertown coach E.J. Wood called it an “ugly game”, but style points mean nothing this time of year while the Purple Tigers’ 3-1 win over Gordonsville in the District 8-A baseball tournament at Friendship Christian means everything.
Justin Johnson scattered seven Gordonsville hits while striking out the final batter in four different innings.
“He pitched out of a lot of bad situations,” Wood said of Johnson, who also singled home Seth Price in the fourth inning with Watertown’s second run. Price had doubled earlier in the frame.
Watertown’s other runs came on errors as the Purple Tigers improved to 17-12. Dusty Meador had two of WHS’ nine hits.
The Tigers will face top-seed Goodpasture at 6:30 p.m. today in the winner’s bracket final. The Cougars, who replaced Friendship in the district this year after finishing state runner-up in Class AA last season, whipped Trousdale County 16-0 on a no-hitter in Monday’s second game.
Gordonsville will take on Trousdale County in today’s 4:30 p.m. elimination game.
While Friendship’s former district continues play in its field, the Commanders will continue to explore life in Division II as they travel to Franklin Road Academy today for a 4:30 p.m. elimination game in the East-Middle Region opener.
Hubbuch leads Central to bracket final
HENDERSONVILLE — Wilson Central advanced to Monday’s District 9-AAA baseball bracket final by hammering host Hendersonville 8-3 Saturday night at Drakes Creek Park.
The Wildcats broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the sixth inning and broke the game open with three in the seventh to pave the way for Kyle Hubbuch’s victory.
Hubbuch drove in three runs on a double and a single. On the mound, he pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits while striking out seven.
Colten Morris managed three hits and Malone Smith one as each doubled while Kyle Schmitt supplied a hit and joined Morris in scoring twice as the Wildcats climbed to 21-12.
Portland eliminates Blue Devils 5-2
HENDERSONVILLE — Portland eliminated Lebanon from the District 9-AAA baseball tournament Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 victory at Drakes Creek Park.
The Panthers scored twice in the bottom of the second inning and three times in the fifth to pin the loss on Dawson Hamilton and end the Blue Devils’ season at 11-18.
Hamilton pitched a six-inning complete game with two earned runs allowed on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
Lebanon finished with six hits off Steven Martin. Nolan Chambers’ two-run single in the top of the seventh averted the shutout. Hamilton had a pair of singles.