Mt. Juliet run of state appearances snapped at 5
By Andy Reed
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet's dreams of a sixth straight trip to the state tournament were dashed Saturday night when Brentwood scratched out a 3-2 sectional win.
The Golden Bears led 3-2 until the Bruins got single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings against Campbell Scholl.
Hunter Anderson's bloop single into right field in the seventh scored Tanner Walker, who reached on a one-out walk, with the go-ahead run.
David Pimentel's sacrifice fly to left field scored the tying run in the sixth after a leadoff error.
Jake Bennie's RBI single to center field with the bases loaded in the fifth put Brentwood on the board.
"You got to credit Brentwood," Jim Carter said after his first season as Mt. Juliet's coach ended 26-12. "We've played them three times, three one-run games. They've beaten us twice and we'd beaten them once."
Scholl pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out three and hitting one as Mt. Juliet ended a 26-12 season. Austin Smith came on and got the final out of the seventh with the bases loaded.
Brentwood right-hander Cody Shelton gave up runs in the second and third innings, but allowed only one base runner after the third. He also scattered six hits and a walk while striking out two and hitting one. J.D. Cage retired the Bears in order in the bottom of the seventh for the save, sending the visitors to Murfreesboro for this week's state tournament.
After squandering a two-out chance in the first inning following Hunter Gilbert's double, the Bears got on the board in the second when Marshall Gei singled sharply to right field, moved to second on Chris Johnston's sacrifice bunt and to third on Kyle Grace's infield chopper which died an inch inside the third-base foul line for a single.
Grace took off for second on a hit-and-run and Cody Carr grounded an RBI single through the vacated hole at shortstop for a 1-0 Mt. Juliet lead.
Robby Amity reached on a one-out error in the Mt. Juliet third and came around to score on singles by Alex Houser and Gei.
"I'm so proud of our kids," Carter said. "They battled so hard all year long.
"They scored the runs when they had to and we left some guys on early."