Devil's heartbreaker is Central's sigh of relief

From staff reports HENDERSONVILLE — Tuesday was a long day of baseball for Wilson Central, and the Wildcats will get some more today. The Wildcats followed a walk-off 2-1 loss to host Beech with a nine-inning 4-3 win over Lebanon to stay alive Tuesday night. A.J. Frank...
May 7, 2013
Waiting for the tag  Photo: Andy Reed • The Lebanon Democrat

Watertown third baseman Justin Johnson has the ball waiting for Trousdale County's Cameron Gilpin to slide in for a first-inning out.
Hill throws from center field  Photo: Andy Reed • The Lebanon Democrat

Watertown center-fielder Brannon Hill returns the ball to the infield following a first-inning Trousdale County double to the wall.

From staff reports

HENDERSONVILLE — Tuesday was a long day of baseball for Wilson Central, and the Wildcats will get some more today.

The Wildcats followed a walk-off 2-1 loss to host Beech with a nine-inning 4-3 win over Lebanon to stay alive Tuesday night.

A.J. Franklin's bases-loaded fielder's choice gave Central the win and lifted the Wildcats to 20-12-1 for the season. Jake Lefler doubled and went to third on Dalton McCorkle's bunt single. After an intentional walk to Braxton McFarlin, Franklin grounded to second baseman Jackson Arnold, whose throw to catcher Jay Pittman was not in time to get Lefler, who started the game on the mound and left trailing 4-1 in the third inning.

But Central chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the third and one in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.

Kyle Hubbuch pitched six innings of shutout relief, allowing five hits and striking out nine, for the win to send Central to today's 4 p.m. championship round against Beech. The Wildcats need two wins against the Buccaneers today to reach Thursday's district final and next week's Region 5-AAA tournament.

Lebanon's season is finished at 8-22.

Adam Cassetty got one out in the ninth but took the loss. Nolan Chambers worked around a walk in the eighths after starter Dillon Hulse surrendered four runs, seven hits and five walks while striking out seven in seven innings.

McCorkle's bases-loaded walk forced home Drew Trice with the tying run in the seventh. Hubbuch doubled to right field to put Hulse in trouble.

An RBI single by Reynolds Wehunt and bases-loaded walk to Braxton McFarlin brought Central to within 4-3 in the third.

Lebanon went up 4-1 in the top of the third when Pittman and Taylor Bryan singled. Cassetty drove in one run on a fielder's choice and Connor Harris' fly ball scored the other.

McFarlin's single to left field scored McCorkle in the Central second.

Lebanon jumped to a 2-0 lead on a run-scoring error and a passed ball.

The Blue Devils outhit the Wildcats 12-9. Harris and Eddie McDaniels each had three of Lebanon's hits while Hubbuch, McCorkle and Lefler doubled, with Hubbuch and McCorkle collecting two hits apiece for Central.

Beech's Josh Jarratt hit a 272-foot home run to the short porch in left field with one out off Franklin, who pitched the full 6 1/3 innings for the Wildcats.

Central grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but later lost a run on an appeal play at third base when a runner was ruled to have left the bag early on a would-be sacrifice fly. The Wildcats also were turned away when a runner on first had to return to third when a double went under the fence for a ground-rule hit. 

Golden Bears return to 9-AAA final

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet may have a new coach, but the postseason beat goes on for the Golden Bears, who returned to the District 9-AAA championship game via a 4-2 win over Station Camp on Tuesday.

Brandon Smith held the Bison to five hits and two unearned runs while striking out five as Mt. Juliet advanced to Thursday's championship game with a 23-11 record.

The teams traded first-inning runs before Mt. Juliet scored twice in the second, one of which came on Hunter Gilbert's RBI double. Cody Carr also drove in a run as he and Gilbert each had two of the Golden Bears' six hits.

Mt. Juliet, which also qualified for the Region 5-AAA tournament, will seek its eighth straight district championship on Thursday. Beech will face Wilson Central today needing one win while the Wildcats need two. The Buccaneers would play host on Thursday while Central would come to Mt. Juliet.

Commanders cruise to 8-A winner's final

Friendship Christian breezed to a 16-0 five-inning win over Gordonsville in the District 8-A tournament on Tuesday at FCS.

Michael Hawks pitched a two-hitter with two walks with five strikeouts and a hit batter as the Commanders advanced to today's winner's bracket final with a 24-6 record.

Friendship finished with 17 hits, including Brennan Swindoll's grand slam in an eight-run third inning which twice bounced off the top of the right-field wall before dropping over.

Cale Mitchell also homered and cracked three singles. Gunner Osborne drove in three runs on a pair of singles and a double while Caleb Snider also knocked in three on a sacrifice fly and three singles. Tanner Martin managed two RBI on a double and a single.

Leadoff batter Hunter Watts singled twice, doubled and scored four times. Hawks doubled and Austin Godwin singled.

Friendship will face Trousdale County at 3:30 p.m. today in a game which at one time was set for late last night. But the three public schools in the tournament are going through End of Course testing and principals didn't want their players playing late at night.

Today's winner will advance to the championship round later tonight while the loser turns right around to play in the loser's bracket final.

Purple Tigers oust Gordonsville, stay alive in 8-A

Watertown stayed alive in the District 8-A tournament Tuesday night with a 4-2 win over Gordonsville in the loser's bracket at Friendship Christian.

Justin Johnson pitched the Purple Tigers to the victory, sending them to today's 5:30 p.m. loser's bracket final against the loser of today's 3:30 p.m. winner's bracket final between Trousdale County and host Friendship.

Robert Caruthers cracked a two-run homer and Dusty Meador a run-scoring double and an RBI single for the Purple Tigers.

Earlier, Watertown fell behind early and could never catch all the way back up in a 9-7 loss to Trousdale County.

Trousdale County jumped to a 6-0 lead in the third inning to chase Watertown starter Colin Jennings.

The Purple Tigers got back in the game with four unearned runs in the bottom of the third on a two-out walk, an error and four straight RBI singles.

Johnson led off the Watertown fifth with a home run to pull the Purple Tigers within 7-4. But the teams traded a run apiece in the fifth inning and two in the sixth before WHS left the bases loaded in the seventh.

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