Lady Commanders close with shutout of Portland

From staff reports By rule, a starting pitcher isn't supposed to get a save. Courtney Petty isn't always one to follow the rule. The Friendship Christian pitcher pitched the first two innings and returned to save the Lady Commanders' 2-0 win over visiting Portland on Wednesday....
May 1, 2013
Woodall pitches  Photo: Andy Reed • The Lebanon Democrat

Friendship Christian's Kaity Woodall fires a fourth-inning pitch.
Out at second  Photo: Andy Reed • The Lebanon Democrat

Friendship's Jordan Burton looks up at the umpire after sliding into a tag at second base after trying to stretch an RBI single in the fourth inning. She was called out.

From staff reports

By rule, a starting pitcher isn't supposed to get a save. Courtney Petty isn't always one to follow the rule.

The Friendship Christian pitcher pitched the first two innings and returned to save the Lady Commanders' 2-0 win over visiting Portland on Wednesday.

Friendship scored both runs in the bottom of the third, after Kaity Woodall began a four-inning relief stint to pick up the win. The pair gave up three hits as the Lady Commanders closed a 19-11 regular season.

Kaylee Davenport had two of Friendship's three hits, including one to open the fourth. She scored when Petty reached on a two-out, two-base error. Jordan Burton followed with an RBI single.

Friendship is seeded second for the upcoming District 8-A tournament and will face No. 3 Trousdale County at Red Boiling Springs. The district meeting will be today to determine the times. Gordonsville, which earned the No. 1 seed based on run-differential in head-to-head meetings with the Lady Commanders, will face today's Red Boiling Springs-Watertown play-in game.

Aubuchon HR lifts Swartwout, Lebanon past Gallatin

Pitching for the third consecutive day, Beth Swartwout led Lebanon past visiting Gallatin 7-2 Wednesday.

Sara Aubuchon's three-run homer to left field highlighted the Lady Devils' five-run fourth inning.

Swartwout normally shares pitching duties with Bethany Anderson. But Anderson's family was involved in a two-car crash on Hunters Point Pike last Friday night. Her mother remains in Vanderbilt Medical Center's critical care unit.

Swartwout scattered three hits and no walks while striking out six as Lebanon improved to 20-13 for the season and 8-2 in District 9-AAA. She also pitched in Monday's 4-0 loss at Beech and Tuesday's 2-0 home setback to Gordonsville.

But Megan Brown broke Lebanon's scoreless drought by scoring on a first-inning wild pitch.

Following Aubuchon's home run, Brittany Nagelhout scored when Shelby Wright reached on an error before Megan Jones singled in Wright.

Hannah Simmons scooted home on Shelby Jones' RBI groundout in the sixth.

Lebanon will open the district tournament at home against Station Camp at 6 p.m. Friday before the scene shifts to Portland next week.

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