From staff reports
GLADEVILLE — Lauren Woodard was the winning pitcher in Mt. Juliet's come-from-behind 10-9 win at Wilson Central on Wednesday. Just as important, she was the winning hitter, also.
Woodard tripled into the right-field corner to drive in Emily Bombard with the tying run in the seventh inning and scored the go-ahead tally when the throw got away.
For the day, Woodard drove in four runs on two triples and a double. She also reported to the pitcher's circle with two out in the second inning and Central ahead 7-2 and held the Lady Wildcats to two seventh-inning runs over the final 5 1/3 innings as Mt. Juliet improved to 23-12 for the season and 5-4 in District 9-AAA.
Central's two-run seventh, on just one hit, lifted the Lady Wildcats to a 9-8 edge which held until Bombard belted her third double of the day with one out in the seventh. Woodard came through with two out.
The teams traded first-inning runs. Bombard opened the game with a double. Woodard doubled in a run and Kristin Hammer drew a bases-loaded walk, one of three free passes issued in the inning by Hannah Bodenhorn, who pitched the full seven innings and gave up 11 hits.
Central seemed to have broken the game open with five runs in the bottom of the second, three coming on Lauren Stavinoga's opposite-field homer over the right-field fence off Mt. Juliet starter Savannah Sanders.
After scoring a run in the third, Mt. Juliet got back in the game with four in the fourth for a 7-7 tie. Bombard started the uprising in the fourth with a two-out double. Woodard lashed a two-run double and Savanna Oliver and Shelby Woodard an RBI two-bagger apiece.
Mt. Juliet took an 8-7 edge in the fifth when Kelsie Craighead singled and scored on Ashton Stowe's double.
The Lady Bears were coming off a 2-0 home loss to Beech on Tuesday. They went 5-1 in the Duff Tournament at Cookeville last weekend. They'll close their district schedule at 6 p.m. tonight when they welcome in Gallatin for Senior Night.
Central will play host to Lebanon at 5 p.m. today.