By Andy Reed
Jake Lefler turned out to be Kyle Hubbuch’s best friends, at least when it came to hitting, Wednesday night with three hits and two RBI in Wilson Central’s 6-2 win over host Lebanon at Brent Foster Field.
Lefler’s two-run double in the first inning staked Hubbuch to the early lead and the right-hander scattered eight hits, walked three and struck out five in helping Central sweep the two-game District 9-AAA series as the Wildcats climbed to 13-8 for the season and 7-1 in the league.
One of the walks went to Nolan Chambers leading off the Lebanon third and he scored on Jay Pittman’s singe to right field to cut the Wildcats’ lead in half to 2-1.
Central got that run back with interest in the top of the fourth as Dalton McCorkle singled and scored on Tony Pfefferle’s double. Following an A.J. Franklin sacrifice bunt, Malone Smith sent a sacrifice fly to medium left field for a 4-1 lead.
Pfefferle singled to lead off the Central sixth and reached third when Franklin’s deep fly ball was dropped [Lebanon’s scorekeeper charged an error, Central’s credited a double], putting runners on second and third. Smith singled to center to score Pfefferle and his brother, Cullen Smith, reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to send Franklin home.
Lebanon got its final run in the bottom of the sixth when Jack McKeon ripped a triple to the wall in left-center field to score Taylor Bryan, who had walked. But Hubbuch retired the next three Blue Devils to leave McKeon stranded on third. It was one of three jams the right-hander escaped, having induced a first-inning double-play grounder and surviving a second-and-third with no outs in the seventh.
Lefler tripled while Pfefferle and Cullen Smith each supplied two Central hits. McKeon and Eddie McDaniels had two apiece for Lebanon.
Connor Harris allowed all six runs [three earned] on 10 hits with no walks and three strikeouts in six innings to take the loss. Chambers gave up a hit in the seventh.
Lebanon will play host to Smith County at 6:45 p.m. tonight at Foster Field. Central will travel to the Chattanooga area for the Trojan Classic. The Wildcats will face host Red Bank at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Coffee County at 8:45.
Scholl shuts out Station Camp, Bears win 12-0
GALLATIN — Mt. Juliet scored early and often Wednesday night to back Campbell Scholl's two-hit shutout 12-0 victory at Station Camp.
Scholl struck out four to improve to 5-1 as Mt. Juliet moved to 17-7 for the season and 7-1 in District 9-AAA.
Mt. Juliet scored three runs in the second inning and seven in the fourth to run-rule the Bison.
Cody Carr went 3-for-3 with two RBI while Chris Johnston also finished 3-for-3, including a pair of doubles.
The Golden Bears are scheduled to travel to Ravenwood on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.