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Freshman lifts Lady Raiders in 11-AAA tournament

By Chris Yow

BRENTWOOD — Describing the 2021 Spring Hill softball team in a word, Brentwood coach Erica Powell used the term “fighters.”

After falling behind by a pair of runs early Monday, the Lady Raiders put up 14 unanswered to earn a 14-2 win in the first round of the District 11-AAA tournament.

If Spring Hill (11-13) coach Angelina Martinez were choosing her fighter in a game of Mortal Kombat, she would choose freshman Gracie Boehms.

“She’s the scrappiest one I’ve got,” Martinez said. “If I had a top three scrappiest, she’d be at least in that top three.”

Boehms would be a good choice. The freshman, who came into the game hitting .107 for the season, drove in four runs — including a double to tie the game in the fourth and a two-run home run in the fifth — to lead her team to a win. Those two hits were her first and second extra-base hits of the year.

As she rounded third base, Boehms’ smile was ear-to-ear before she jumped on home plate and was mauled by teammates in celebration. What was going through her head at that moment?

“I don’t even remember,” she said. “My adrenaline was so high, I was pumped.”

Following several years of early exits in the district tournament, Spring Hill has made massive strides under its first-year coach. While having what Powell calls the “best pitcher in our league” in Kat Carter certainly doesn’t hurt, it’s what the Lady Raiders bats have done recently that have made the difference.

In four of their last seven games, Spring Hill has put up at least seven runs. The 2020 team put up just 10 total runs in five games last season, and didn’t score seven total runs in their final seven games of 2019 — including five shutouts.

“Accountability is the key,” Martinez said. “If they strike out looking, they have to run, and these girls hate running.

“I had to make a decision on whether I was going to be the tough coach or if I was going to be a soft place for them, and I think I chose correctly. These girls love to be challenged.”

Carter was once again stellar as well for the guests. She went the full six and gave up two runs on six hits and struck out 10.

As the Lady Raiders came into the dugout trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, Martinez told them to keep their composure and reminded them they have been in that situation before. That speech worked to perfection. Spring Hill put up five in the fourth and added another five in the fifth to take a commanding lead for Carter in the circle.

The speech, much like the attitude and dugout spirit, then changed to taking care of the lead and not celebrating too early.

“They never give up. No matter what, they are always alive and cheering,” Powell said. “That spirit can help teams win games they shouldn’t or beat teams by a lot when they get momentum.”

The Lady Raiders advance to take on Summit, a team they are winless against on the season, in the second round on Tuesday at Fly Park. The game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Brentwood will travel to Centennial where they await the winner of Centennial and Ravenwood in the losers bracket.

Roundup: baseball, softball, tennis recaps

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BASEBALL

Lawrence County 4, Loretto 3 (8 inn.): While it may have taken an extra frame, Lawrence County completed the season sweep of county rival Loretto. With two outs in the inning, Ayden Luffman found home plate on a passed ball to take the lead for the Wildcats, and Luke Boswell struck out the side in the bottom half for the win. Boswell went five innings and struck out 10 in the game. Loretto committed four errors in the loss.

Spring Hill 5, Franklin 4: Spring Hill needed a miracle to finish a two-game sweep of Franklin, and in the seventh inning, the baseball gods answered in the affirmative. Jackson Marbet singled home a pair of runs in a five-run seventh to give the Raiders the win. Nathan Huntzinger and Dawson Hargrove also drove in runs in the inning. Luka Boylan gave up four runs in two and two-thirds, but Connor Gaia and Cooper Inch shut out the Admirals the rest of the way. Brandon O’Brien added a hit and RBI in the game as well.

Columbia Acad. 11, Zion Chr. 1: Damon Toombs doubled home Drew Butt to end the game on Tuesday. Kavares Tears hit a two-run homer earlier in the fifth inning, his 10th of the season. He finished 2-for-2 with two runs, two RBIs and two walks. Max Ballard was a perfect 4-for-4 with a pair of ribbies as well. Tears got the start on the bump and went four and one-third. He walked four and struck out nine, giving up no earned runs. The Eagles were no-hit for the second day in a row, but a pair of CA errors helped to get Luke Perko, who drew a leadoff walk in the inning, home for Zion.

SOFTBALL

Culleoka 14, Santa Fe 4: Culleoka pounded out 18 hits in the game, while scoring 11 runs in the first two innings to set the tone against their district foe. Seven Lady Warriors collected multiple hits in the game. Tyler Reischman was 3-for-4 and scored three times. Chloe Kennedy was 2-for-3 with three RBIs after replacing Tayler Watson who was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and two RBIs herself. Kylie Thomas went the distance, giving up three earned runs on seven hits.

Spring Hill 7, Brentwood 3: Another masterful performance from Kat Carter set up her Lady Raiders to earn another 11-AAA win this week. She pitched seven innings, giving up one earned run and striking out 15 in the win. At the plate, D’Naijah Wade and Marissa Ellis were each 3-for-4 in the game. Spring Hill scored three in the third and the sixth after falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning.

TENNIS

Franklin Road Acad. girls 4, Columbia Acad. 0: The Lady Bulldogs were swept in the Middle Region tournament semifinals, but will meet district rival Christ Presbyterian Academy — which lost 4-0 to University School of Nashville — in Friday’s region consolation match.

Jennings, Campbell, Weathers earn TSWA all-state honors

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Richland’s Jesse Jennings, Summertown’s Kaley Campbell and Loretto’s Karly Weathers were each named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Class A girls basketball all-state team, which was announced this week.

Jennings, who signed a women’s basketball scholarship Monday with Alabama-Huntsville, led the area with a 23.6-point scoring average as the Lady Raiders advanced to the Region 5-A semifinals. She recently went into the TSSAA record books, listed fourth in career free throws made (631) and attempted (808).

Campbell, an Austin Peay golf scholarship signee, and Weathers each led their teams to the Class A state championship game — with Weathers earning tournament most valuable player honors as well as Miss Basketball following the Lady Mustangs’ victory. She has committed to the University of Alabama.

Coffee County’s Bella Vinson, a Lipscomb University signee, was appointed to the Class AAA squad, along with Brentwood’s Amelia Osgood, who’s headed to Princeton.

The teams in their entirety:

Class AAA — Gracie Dodgen, White Co., Sr.; Denae Fritz, Maryville, Sr.; Skyler Gill, Hardin Co., Sr.; Acacia Hayes, Riverdale, Jr.; Tessa Miller, Stone Memorial, Sr.; Khamari Mitchell-Steen, Oak Ridge, Sr.; Iyana Moore, Blackman, Sr.; Anna Muhonen, Bradley Central, Sr.; Amelia Osgood, Brentwood, Sr.; Addie Grace Porter, Lebanon, Sr.; Ta’Mia Scott, Northwest, Jr.; Carmen Taylor, Arlington, Sr.; Mallory Taylor, Collierville, Jr.; Avery Treadwell, Bearden, So.; Bella Vinson, Coffee Co., Sr.

Class AA — Lauren Bailey, Greeneville, So.; Sharneece Currie-Jelks, South Side, Jr.; Blaize Deere, Scotts Hill, Sr.; Jenna Hare, Sullivan East, So.; Jada Harrison, Westview, So.; Reagan Hurst, Upperman, Sr.; Jalynn Gregory, Macon Co., Sr.; Haylee Johnson, York Institute, Sr.; Olivia Koontz, Signal Mountain, Sr.; Lauren Longmire, Grainger, Sr.; LaRose Morrow, Maplewood, Sr.; Campbell Penland, Northview Acad., Sr.; Zoe Piller, Nolensville, Sr.; Tori Rutherford, Grainger, Sr.; Bre Yarber, Sullivan Central, Sr.

Class A — Brooklyn Anderson, North Greene, Jr.; Katie Arms, Clay Co.., Sr.; Kaley Campbell, Summertown, Sr.; Edie Darby, Greenfield, Jr.; Savannah Davis, McKenzie, Fr.; Madison Hart, Gibson Co., Jr.; Jesse Jennings, Richland, Sr.; CeCe Johnson, Peabody, Sr.; Bralyn McGaha, Cosby, Sr.; Kassie Monday, Clarkrange, Sr.; Kaylie Monday, Clarkrange, Sr.; Kelsey Pike, Oneida, So.; Lyndie Ramsey, Unaka, So.; Anna Stevenson, Huntland, Sr.; Karly Weathers, Loretto, Jr.

Division II-A — Diamond Bryant, Clarksville Acad., Sr.; LaShae Dwyer, Webb-Bell Buckle, Sr.; Mariah Edmonds, Providence Chr., Sr.; Tessa Gibson, Silverdale Baptist, Sr.; Brianna Hall, Tipton-Rosemark, Sr.; Catherine Hendershott, First Baptist Acad., Sr.; Jordaynia Ivie, Lakeway Chr., Sr.; Leah Jones, Northpoint Chr.; Olivia Jones, Univ. School of Jackson, Sr.; Madelyn Ladd, Knoxville Webb, So.; Olivia Lee, Trinity Chr., So.; Gracie Palmer, Berean Chr., Jr.; Maggie Vick, Lakeway Chr., Sr.; Julie Wagner, Univ. School of Jackson, Sr.; Hadleigh Wharton, Goodpasture Chr., So.

Division II-AA — Kaia Barnett, Hutchison, Sr.; Kennedy Cambridge, Ensworth, Jr.; Jaloni Cambridge, Ensworth, Fr.; Kayli Clarkson, Briarcrest Chr., So.; Raegyn Conley, Baylor, Sr.; Maxine Engel, Hutchison, Sr.; Jeila Greenlee, Knoxville Catholic, Sr.; Carmyn Harrison, Hutchison, Sr.; Jaila Lee, Brentwood Acad., Sr.; Sydney Mains, Knoxville Catholic, Fr.

Summit shuts down Bruins for 11-AAA win

By Chris Yow

SPRING HILL — Lily Kate Richards was dominant in the circle on Thursday, shutting out visiting Brentwood and leading her team to an 8-0 win in District 11-AAA play.

Richards allowed just two hits while notching 13 strikeouts, including striking out the side to open the game.

“Lily Kate was phenomenal in the circle,” Summit coach Jenny Stevenson said. “We have all the confidence in the world in her when she is pitching.”

While Richards set the tone early on defense, the Spartan offense wasted no time giving their pitcher some room to work, though she wouldn’t need much.

Hannah Sundberg doubled home a run to get her stellar day off to a solid start. She finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Three batters later, Dixie Corbin made the most of her only at-bat in the contest, with a two-RBI single to give Summit a 3-0 lead and all the run support Richards would need.

Summit scored a pair of runs in each of the next two innings and their final run came in the fourth inning.

Sundberg doubled again in the second, this time bringing home a pair of runs. It was Maleia Scott who singled home a run in the third before Morgan Woodside’s sacrifice fly scored Scott.

Stevenson said her team came out ready to play, despite frigid weather with wind gusts up to 10 miles per hour.

“Our girls know how competitive this district is and how important it is to get off to a good start against this Brentwood team,” she said. “They have a really solid program, and every game against them we know is going to be a battle.”

Stevenson added that every District 11-AAA outing is a battle in 2021.

“This is the most competitive and balanced I think this district has been since I’ve been here,” she said.

Summit currently sits behind only Dickson County, which is 4-0 in district play, in the standings, but it’s early.

“We just want to continue getting better, and hopefully (this) win will help us get ready for a really good tournament this weekend,” Stevenson said.

The Lady Spartans will travel Friday to Soddy Daisy for the Lady Trojan Invitational.

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Softball

Spring Hill 4, Page 2: Kat Carter continued her dominance in the circle for Spring Hill, going eight innings and striking out 14 Patriot hitters en route to the Lady Raiders’ first District 11-AAA win of the year. She also did damage at the dish with a two sacrifice bunts that brought home a pair of runs for her team. D’Naijah Wade added a pair of hits and scored twice in the win, while Bella Umstead tallied an RBI as well.

Culleoka 8, Santa Fe 2: Culleoka plated four runs in the first inning and cruised to a District 10-A win over cross-county rival Santa Fe on Tuesday. Kylie Thomas led the Lady Warriors at the plate with a 3-for-3 night that included a pair of runs scored and two RBIs. Briley Boles and Katelyn Beckenbach also drove in two runs each in the win. Thomas also got the win in the circle, giving up two unearned runs on eight hits and striking out seven.

Zion Chr. 18, Christ Presbyterian Acad. 3: Zion Christian scored 13 runs in the fourth inning to earn a big win in Division II-A District 3 play. Halle Adcox, Kendall Daranovich, Emily Mesko, Claire Boyd and Deanna Trousdale each had two RBIs in the game. Five other Lady Eagles drove in runs as well. Ashleia Coble was dominant in the circle for Zion, going the distance. She gave up three runs, none earned, on just three hits and struck out nine of the 12 hitters she retired in the contest.

Baseball

Culleoka 15, Mt. Pleasant 12: Behind an eight-run fourth inning, Culleoka outslugged Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday to get a big District 10-A win over the Tigers. Lucas Wagoner was 3-for-5 on the night and drove in three runs to lead the Warriors. Peyton Adams, Carson Lovell and Clayton St. Clair each added a pair of RBIs as well. Hayden Holt led Mt. Pleasant with three RBIs on a pair of hits, while Ben Newland had three RBIs with a bases-clearing triple in the third.

Loretto 12, Collinwood 1: Josh Porter drove in four runs to lead Loretto to a District 12-A win on Tuesday, and Clint Seymore and Carter Daniel added three more RBIs each for the Mustangs. Garrett Fisher, Caleb Davis and Keyden Tidwell combined for a 1-hitter and 10 strikeouts in the game.

Brentwood 9, Summit 8 (8 inn.): Brentwood broke open a 6-6 tie in extra innings with a three-run eighth inning, and Summit’s comeback attempt in the bottom of the eighth fell a run short. Austin Kincaid went 2-for-4 in the game with a couple of RBIs, but struck out to end the game. Jason Ham got the nod on the hill, and went one out into the sixth for the Spartans. He gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits in the game.

Soccer

Brentwood 5, Independence 0: Ollie Joyner led the Bruins with a hat trick, while Brentwood also got goals from Cline Simmons and Aidan Parker. Logan Stegall posted his third shutout in goal.

Spring Hill 3, Lawrence County 0 : Spring Hill got goals from Jorge Cortez, Dakota Jackson and Launier Perez, while Ryan Mitovich put up a clean sheet in goal for the Raiders.

Roundup: Baseball, softball results

Softball

Lincoln Co. 4, Columbia Central 1: The host Lady Lions managed just two hits and fell behind early, yielding a pair of runs in the first inning of their District 8-AAA contest and two more in the Lady Falcons’ following two at-bats.

Columbia Acad. 9-4, Russellville (Ala.) 0-2: Karli Quillin, Kennedy Chatman and Tori Duval each had three hits for the Lady Bulldogs as they were victorious in their opener at the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala. Duval homered and drove in four runs, while Carson-Newman signee Journey Mitchell and Anna Brewer combined to strike out eight in four innings in the circle. In the second contest, CA got five strikeouts in three innings from Averi Slaughter with Duval and Abbigail Adkins each getting two hits.

Zion Chr. 21, Grace Chr. 5: The Lady Eagles scored in each of their four at-bats, with Halle Adcox going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a pair of runs and five RBI. Elizabeth Wood also had two hits for the hosts in their Division II-A District 3 victory.

Lawrence Co. 1, Spring Hill 0: Spring Hill’s Katherine Carter, a Jacksonville State signee, and Lawrence County’s Samantha Staggs dueled on Monday night, and the Lady Cats small-balled their way to a win. Lawrence County laid down three bunts in the seventh inning to bring home the game-winning run. Carter struck out 15 Lady Cats in the loss. Alabama A&M signee D’Naijah Wade led the Lady Raiders at the plate with a pair of hits.

Baseball

Mt. Pleasant 11, Culleoka 4: The visiting Tigers broke open their District 10-A contest with a five-run second inning as Hayden Holt doubled home a pair of runs and Codell Gilliam added a two-run single. Mt. Pleasant scored four more runs in the third inning to pull away. Culleoka got an RBI base hit from Carson Lovell in the first inning and a three-run homer in the fifth.

Loretto 15, Collinwood 0: Connor Clemons went the distance on the mound for the Mustangs, striking out eight and allowing just two hits, with Josh Porter, Tristen Green and Clint Seymore keying a seven-run third-inning rally in the 12-A matchup.

Summit 13, Brentwood 2: Alex Runk, Cameron Lee and Max Fell each drove in runs during the Spartans’ five-run fourth en route to the 11-AAA road victory. Fell struck out nine in four innings, limiting the Bruins to two runs, with Logan Franzoni and Robert Gallardo teaming to cover the final two innings.

Ravenwood 9, Spring Hill 3: The host Raptors did their damage early, grabbing a four-run first-inning lead and adding runs in each of their following three at-bats. Spring Hill managed just four hits, with Nathaniel Huntzinger doubling in a run for the Raiders and Brantly Whitwell adding an RBI base hit.

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