From staff reports
Friendship Christian completed its final District 8-A baseball tournament the same way it has most of its others over the last 30 seasons - with the championship plaque.
The Commanders, who will leave the district for Division II next year, run-ruled Trousdale County for the second time of the day Wednesday with a 14-3 championship verdict last night.
Trousdale jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. But Friendship broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the third inning, including a two-run double by Cale Mitchell and an RBI single by Hunter Watts.
Tanner Martin cracked a two-run homer in the fourth and Michael Hawks, whose bases-loaded triple ended the afternoon's winner's bracket final, ended the championship with a fifth-inning grand slam, giving him five RBI and four hits for the game.
Watts had three of Friendship's 13 hits, including a double. Austin Godwin also doubled while Caleb Snider, Brennan Swindoll and Gunner Osborne singled as the Commanders climbed to 26-6.
Stefan Remus, making his first pitching appearance in two weeks due to a badly sprained ankle, scattered three hits, two earned runs and a walk while striking out six.
Friendship will play host to a Region 4-A game at 6:30 p.m. Monday against the District 7 runner-up while Trousdale travels to the 7-A champion.
FCS moved into the finals with a 14-4 triumph over Trousdale County.
Swindoll spun a one-hitter, but saw his defense commit three second-inning errors as the Yellow Jackets scored all of their runs, two coming on the only hit, a Marquel Claiborne single.
Swindoll walked two and struck out 10.
Friendship scored in all six innings, amassing 16 hits, including four by the red-hot Watts at the top of the lineup. Watts doubled twice and drove in a run.
Hawks knocked in five runs on two hits, including a walk-off, bases-loaded triple into the right-field corner.
In addition to his pitching, Swindoll tripled and followed Godwin's second-inning home run with a blast of his own.
Martin drove in a pair of runs on a double and a single while Jameson Sorrels also had two RBI on as many singles. Godwin and Osborne each added an RBI single.
Trousdale ousts Watertown
Trousdale County stayed alive by eliminating Watertown 4-2 in the loser's bracket final.
Eli Hunter held the Purple Tigers to six hits and a walk while striking out three.
Trosdale County scored twice in the first inning on Garrett Crafton's RBI double and Lee Haley's grounder which resulted in an error.
Marquel Claiborne's RBI single in the second and Haley's run-scoring single, following Brock Ellis' triple, in the sixth accounted for the remainder of Trousdale's runs against left-hander Dusty Meador, who surrendered five hits and three walks while fanning four in six innings.
Dennie Holcomb homered in the Watertown second inning. Brannon Hill doubled in the Purple Tiger third and, after a Tanner Rowland sacrifice bunt, came home on Meador's sacrifice fly to center.
Watertown finished with a 16-11-2 record, a program record for wins in a season.
Central shut out by Beech
HENDERSONVILLE — Needing two wins to advance to the District 9-AAA final and the Region 5-AAA tournament, Wilson Central went down quietly to host Beech 7-0 Thursday.
The Buccaneers scored a run in the first inning and three each in the third and fourth to pin the loss on Kyle Schmitt before junior Cody Haley came on to shut down the Beech bats late.
Central finished with four hits as the Wildcats concluded a 20-13-1 campaign.
Beech will play host to Mt. Juliet at 7 p.m. tonight for the district championship. The winner will be at home for a region game Monday while the loser goes on the road. The Bucs, Golden Bears and Wildcats each went 8-2 in the league during the season.
Reynolds Wehunt, Central's lone senior, singled in his final two high school at-bats.