HENDERSONVILLE — With A.J. Franklin sidelined with an elbow injury, Kyle Hubbuch has come on as Wilson Central’s ace, and not just on the mound.
The senior right-hander pitched and hit the Wildcats to their first District 9-AAA championship in nine years via a 12-3 triumph at Beech on Wednesday night.
Hubbuch pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out seven, in the district’s smallest park to improve to 5-4. But he went to the deepest part, right-center field, with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Tony Pfefferle parked a three-run bomb in the seventh, finishing with four RBI, and Jake Lefler added an RBI double as the Wildcats climbed to 23-12 for the season.
Dalton McCorkle singled and scored twice while Colten Morris didn’t have a hit, but was hit by a pitch, drew two walks and tallied three runs as Central notched nine hits.
Central started the season 5-10 but has since gone 18-2. The latter part of the run has come without ace left-hander A.J. Franklin. The junior Vanderbilt commitment tried to pitch with a hairline fracture in his left elbow sustained on a fall during basketball season. It began affecting his motion and the decision was made to shut him down a couple of weeks ago.
The Wildcats’ previous two district titles came in 2004 and ’05.
Central will play host to either Clarksville or Rossview on Monday, most likely at 7 p.m., in the Region 5-AAA tournament.
Friendship falls in nine to Knox. Webb
DONELSON — Knoxville Webb edged Friendship Christian 7-6 in nine innings Wednesday night in the East-Middle Region baseball tournament at Donelson Christian.
A two-out double and RBI single lifted the Trojans to victory and dropped the Commanders to 17-16.
More importantly, it will send them to West Tennessee for the sectional next week.
But first, Friendship will try to salvage third place today when the Commanders take on Davidson Academy at 4 p.m. at DCA.
Friendship scored on a passed ball in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.
But a dropped fly ball with two out in the bottom of the frame pulled Webb into a tie and forced extra innings.
Jackson Vance pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Marshall Taylor and took the loss. The pair allowed 10 hits.
Friendship led 2-0 in the first inning and 5-2 midway through the fourth before Webb rallied to tie the score 5-5 in the fifth.
Vance had three of Friendship’s nine hits, drove in a run and scored on the passed ball in the seventh.
Steven Hollis tripled twice while Taylor had an RBI double. Colton Gaines had a pair of singles and Michael Hawks a run-scoring single in the first.