From staff reports
HENDERSONVILLE — A.J. Franklin cooled off Hendersonville's bats Wednesday night while Wilson Central's pounded 11 hits in a 12-4 triumph in the Wildcats' District 9-AAA opener at Drakes Creek Park.
Franklin allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out nine as the sophomore left-hander improved to 3-0.
Central scored four ties in the first and seventh innings, three in the fourth and one in the second as the Wildcats climbed to 6-3 for the season.
Cullen Smith supplied three hits and four runs scored while Kyle Hubbuch doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored three more. Jake Lefler added two hits and an RBI while Colten Morris hit a two-run pinch-hit single.
Central will play host to part of the Riverdale Warriors Classic over the next three days, starting with tonight's 7 p.m. game against Hardin County.
Gei, Bears blank Gallatin
GALLATIN — Marshall Gei shook off temperatures in the 30s to shut out Gallatin 9-0 on a four-hitter in Mt. Juliet's District 9-AAA opener Tuesday night.
Gei struck out seven in six innings as Mt. Juliet improved to 9-2 going into Wednesday's game at Beech.
Every Golden Bear starter had a hit, with Kote Smith, Kyle Grace and Zach Ehrhart getting two each.
"Our guys came out with the right mindset," Mt. Juliet coach Jim Carter said. "The temperature made it a very challenging night to play, but our entire team responded well to the challenge."