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Faircloth pitches Central to shutout
Apr 05, 2007 12:00 am
GLADEVILLE — Jessica Faircloth kept Wilson Central perfect in District 9-AAA play Monday night with a 9-0 win over LaVergne under the lights.
The junior scattered six hits and a walk while striking out for as the Lady Wildcats climbed to 7-4 for the season and 4-0 in the district.
Courtney Billington had four of Central's 14 hits, including an RBI double in the three-run fifth inning, a triple and two singles. Sara Williams singled home a run in the first inning and two in the four-run sixth. Kristyn Clark hit an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring double in the fifth. Caitlyn Bailey hit an RBI double in the fifth and singled.
Leevie Greenwood doubled while Savana Bell and Sydney Ketcher singled.
Central will host Mt. Juliet at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the junior varsity playing at 5:30.
Friendship falls to Camden, Columbia Academy
Coming off a Saturday they felt they were robbed, Friendship Christian partially shot itself with four errors Monday in a 7-2 home loss to Camden.
Hailey Rutledge gave up four earned runs on seven hits while striking out 13 as Friendship fell to 10-5.
Jessi Couch homered for the Lady Commanders. Kenzie Dye singled home Kelcey Lee in the sixth with Friendship's other run. Lee and Rutledge rounded out FCS' four-hit parade.
The Lady Commanders were coming off a 3-1 Saturday loss at Columbia Academy in which back-to-back illegal pitches on Rutledge resulted in the Lady Bulldogs' go-ahead runs in the fifth inning of the game between last year's state runner up [CA] and third-place team [FCS].
With the bases loaded and two out in the fifth, Coach Erica Powell pulled Carrie Fry for Rutledge, who induced a groundout to shortstop Lindsey Farmer to end the inning.
Or so it seemed.
The Lady Commanders came off the field and were huddling in their dugout when the umpire called an illegal pitch and sent the teams back on the field, with the lead run awarded home. An illegal pitch was called on the next batter as well, allowing another run to trot home.
"That was the first time I ever felt a game was taken away from us," Powell said Monday night. "I promised myself I would never blame the umpires. But that game was taken from us.
"I was almost thrown out and for me to almost be thrown out, it must have been pretty bad because I never lose my temper."
The Lady Commanders will try to put those setbacks behind them today when they travel to Mt. Juliet Christian for a 4 p.m. District 8-A game.
Macon County doubles up Tigerettes
WATERTOWN—Macon County used a three-run seventh to defeat Watertown 4-2 Monday at Three Forks Park.
Sarah Reeder allowed nine hits and a walk [which scored] while striking out seven as the Tigerettes fell to 5-9.
Olivia Hall singled and scored in the Watertown first inning before Macon County tied the game in the second.
Ashley Clark singled and scored on Sara Patchen's single in the seventh for the Tigerettes' other run.
Brittany Trusty went 2-for-4 for the Tigerettes while Kelli Johnson also singled.
Watertown will host District 8-A rival Gordonsville at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Rush home run lifts Lady Bears past Camden
MT. JULIET — After beating Friendship Christian, Camden went to Mt. Juliet League Park and made an impression on Lady Bear coach Kacey Pedigo in MJ's 4-3 win Monday night.
"They were swinging and they weren't swinging half-hazardly," Pedigo said after watching the Class AA Lady Lions get eight hits.
But it was Mt. Juliet's Karli Rush who got the loudest hit of the night, a long two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning which wiped out a 4-3 Camden lead.
Shelby Morris [7-3] pitched the first five innings, allowing all of Camden's runs [one earned] in the fifth and all of the Lions' hits with six strikeouts. The eighth hit came leading off the sixth and Pedigo waved in Kenzie Roark, who struck out the next six Lady Lions to earn the save and bring Mt. Juliet to 14-5 for the season.
Megan Matthews' squeeze bunt and Shelby Barrett's RBI single staked Mt. Juliet to a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
Caroline Mason and Hannah Irwin rounded out the Lady Bears' four-hit parade.
Mt. Juliet will host District 9-AAA rival Smyrna at 4 p.m. today.