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Six-run seventh launches Devils past Hendersonville
Apr 03, 2007 12:00 am
Lebanon staged a two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning Friday to overtake Hendersonville 8-4 in the Warrior Classic at Veterans Field.
The Blue Devils, the visiting team, trailed 4-2 entering the seventh when Brent Morris reached on a leadoff error. He moved to third as the first two outs were recorded before scoring on a wild pitch.
Six straight Devils then reached base on a walk, hit batter, walk, two-run double by Dexter Cross to put Lebanon in front, hit by pitch, walk and RBI single by Morris, batting for the second time in the inning.
"We got a team that's young and they're learning to battle and they're going to get better and better," Lebanon coach Tracy Slone said after his Blue Devils improved to 8-5 for the season. "I'm excited about this team."
Garrett Fanchier fired six innings in relief for the win, allowing a run on four htis and a walk with five strikeouts. Starter Christian Jennings left after allowing three hits in falling behind 3-0 in the first inning.
Cross helped begin the Blue Devils' comeback with an RBI single in the third. Morris had two of Lebanon's six hits while Fanchier and Chase Hudson had one apiece.
Lebanon will wrap up pool play today with a 1:30 p.m. game against Mercer County [Ky.], coached by former Friendship Christian and Cumberland pitcher Spence Chitwood, and a 4 p.m. tilt with Pope John Paul II.
Houston edges Mt. Juliet 3-2 in battle of D-I signees
MT. JULIET — The radar guns were out Friday night as Houston and Mt. Juliet trotted their Division I-signees to the mound for their Warrior Classic contest.
The pro scouts were also there to see Ravenwood's Middle Tennessee State-signee who pitched earlier in the evening.
Mt. Juliet's Taylor Hill, headed to Vanderbilt, suffered a tough-luck 3-2 loss to Memphis-signee Worth Tate.
Houston, state champions in 2005, scored two first-inning runs on a walk, an error and a wild pitch before getting a home run in the fifth.
"That's kind of the stuff that's happening right now," said Mt. Juliet coach Mark Purvis, whose Golden Bears lost to Goodpasture 2-1 Thursday and are 9-5 for the season. "The little things we're not doing well.
"Things aren't clicking right now. I'd rather it happen now than later."
Hill sacrifice home Dustin Murphy, who singled and doubled, in the bottom of the first inning.
The Bears scored a run on Caleb Knox's RBI single in the sweventh and loaded the bases with no one out to chase Tate. But Houston's closer came in and struck out the side to preserve the Mustangs' win.
Ryan Overstreet had a bunt single in the seventh for Mt. Juliet. Tyler Carr and Ethan Gross also singled.
The Bears will try to bounce back today when former Cumberland second baseman and Lebanon coach Rodney [Q] Martin brings his Lexington [Ky.] Catholic team in for a 1 p.m. game, followed by a 4 p.m. tilt with Cascade as pool play wraps up.
Overton whips Wildcats
GLADEVILLE — Overton handed Wilson Central a 12-2 loss in the Worth Classic on Friday night.
The Bobcats jumped to a 2-0 first-inning lead on Nick Goins, who took the loss after pitching the first 2 1/3 innings. Nolan Gray came in and took the beating as Overton scored six times in the fourth and four in the fifth to improve to 5-7.
Central, which lost to Liberty [Ohio] 10-6 Thursday night, fell to 3-11.
"It's been that way all year," Wildcat coach Anthony Ford lamented. "We're still trying to get things set. We got a lot of young guys and a lot of inexperience."
Marty Bell, Andrew Sloan, Robbie Hill, Ross Strong, Heath Daugherty and Matt Wood singled for the Wildcat hits.
Central will host Rossview at 12:30 p.m. today and Harriman at 5:30 as pool play wraps up.