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Even in the spring, it’s football time in Tennessee

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Local high school football teams continue to work toward the 2021 season, with most wrapping up spring drills over the next couple of weeks – if not already.

Southern Middle Tennessee Sports reached out to coaches with each of the 11 programs in our coverage area to check on their progress as classes wind down and summer workouts approach, as well as update their new regions for the upcoming campaign, last year’s record and this year’s schedule.

COLUMBIA ACAD. (2-6 in 2020), Division II-A Middle

Coach: Charlie Lansdell (9th season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“Knowing we have the spring and summer to prepare for the upcoming season. We’ve had some great leadership in the offseason.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“Being able to bounce back from a tough season; working on our mental toughness; getting back to where CA football has been and should be.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“Work on fundamentals, see who is ready to compete, look for our quarterback.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“The quarterback (candidates) — Nick Brown, Connor Rosson and Reid McGrath.”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“Wraps up May 14; no spring game.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       @Davidson Acad.
8/27       Waverly
9/3         @Jackson Chr.
9/10       @Franklin Road Acad.
9/17       Donelson Chr.*
9/24       Boyd Buchanan
10/1       @Mt. Juliet Chr.*
10/15     Nashville Chr.*
10/22     @Clarksville Acad.*
10/29     Grace Chr.*
*region game

COLUMBIA CENTRAL (6-6 in 2020), Region 6-5A

Coach: Jason Hoath (6th season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“I like our overall team speed on defense. We will be undersized up front, but we will be quick off the ball. We are also returning four starters on the offensive line, our tight end and running backs.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“The biggest concern we have right now is who will be taking on the quarterback responsibilities. We will have three players competing for that spot and they have little to no varsity experience.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“We’re excited to see which players will step up to the challenge and compete for spots. We will have a chance to evaluate some new faces this spring and see what our potential will look like.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“Antwan Moore is a returning starter as a defensive end/linebacker. He was named to the (Tennessee Football Coaches Association) all-state team as a junior and (Region 5-5A defensive lineman of the year) in 2020. However, he has been sidelined this spring as a precaution from a previous injury. He will be ready to go this summer.”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
Columbia Central concluded spring drills with a Purple & White Game on May 7.

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       Marshall Co.
8/27       @Dickson Co.
9/3         Franklin Co.*
9/10       @Green Hill
9/17       Nolensville*
9/24       @Mt. Pleasant
10/1       @Page*
10/8       Giles Co.
10/15     Lincoln Co.*
10/29     @Spring Hill*
*region game

INDEPENDENCE (7-3 in 2020), Region 7-6A

Coach: Scott Blade (9th season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“Senior leadership; great attitudes.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“Offensive line depth; replacing our quarterback (U.S. Naval Academy signee, Class 6A Mr. Football semifinalist Jaxson Campbell).

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
”Installation of schemes, answer personnel questions.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“(2023) running back Tre Hartwell (666 rushing yards, seven TDs in 2020) and (2023) tight end Ty Lockwood (45 catches, 605 yards, three TDs in 2020).

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“May 14. No spring game.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       Christ Presbyerian Acad.
8/27       @Lipscomb Acad.
9/3         Centennial*
9/10       @Pope John Paul II
9/17       Franklin*
9/24       @East Nashville
10/1       Brentwood*
10/8       @Summit*
10/22     Page
10/29     @Ravenwood*
*region game

LAWRENCE CO. (4-5 in 2020), Region 5-4A

Coach: David Marston (19th season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“Returning two linebackers, two defensive tackles and both corners as well as a quarterback (Alex Carr) who has started four years.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“Addressing our offensive line, defensive end, safety, running back and tight end/split end.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
”Blocking, tackling, taking care of the football and being physical.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“Running backs, quarterback and young offensive line talent.”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“May 11, weather permitting. No spring game.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       Summertown
8/27       @Loretto
9/3         Montgomery Central*
9/10       Greenbrier*
9/17       @Pearl-Cohn*
9/24       @Glencliff*
10/1       @Marshall Co.*
10/15     Tullahoma*
10/22     Hillwood*
10/29     @Creek Wood*
*region game

LORETTO (5-6 in 2020), Region 5-2A

Coach: Barry Daniel (2nd season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“The simple fact that I have established a relationship with all of the players. I know them so much better than I did at this point last season. They know me, they know my expectations and they are doing their best to meet them.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“We are going to have several guys back with playing experience, but we are going to have to find some depth. Some of our guys have had an awesome offseason and could fill a starting role but who is the “next man up”? Some players will have to learn more than one spot on both sides of the ball to provide depth.

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“To teach the basics of our systems on offense and defense. If our guys can know our base formations and plays, we can gain reps over the summer.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“Offensive line: This group has had a great off season of weight training. Can they transfer it to the field? Secondary: Must replace two starters from this unit. Two great players return, but who will complete the unit?”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“Late in May. We are going to be short and sweet as many of our guys are still in baseball. No spring game.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       @Collinwood
8/27       Lawrence Co.
9/3         @Forrest
9/10       Wayne Co.
9/17       Mt. Pleasant
9/24       @Lewis Co.
10/1       @Summertown
10/8       @Moore Co.
10/15     Cascade
10/29     Richland
*region game

MT. PLEASANT (1-8 in 2020), Region 5-2A

Coach: Kit Hartsfield (1st season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“16 returning starters.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“(Installing) new systems on both sides of the ball and creating some depth.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“(Seeing) toughness, competitiveness, player development.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“The running back position with (Xavior) Davidson and (Keevan) Cooper shows a lot of potential. (Defensive end/tight end) Gavin Alderson has taken a giant step forward, enforcing his will. Several guys are doing good things. Jeffrey Williamson is turning heads at free safety.”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“May 13. We will play a spring game beginning at 6 p.m.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       East Hickman
8/27       @Scotts Hill
9/3         Cascade*
9/10       @Zion Chr.
9/17       @Loretto*
9/24       Columbia Central
10/1       Richland*
10/15     @Summertown*
10/22     Spring Hill
10/29     @Forrest*
*region game

RICHLAND (2-7 in 2020), Region 5-2A

Coach: Nick Patterson (4th season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“Offensive line! All returning, all had big-time gains this offseason. It’s my fourth year here, so expectations are clear.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“New region, new classification.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“To find high-motor guys who are fully engaged in the process of competing every day.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“Linebackers – who’s gonna step up and lead our defense?”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“We’ll have a spring game on May 21 to end practice.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/19       @Cornersville
8/27       Zion Chr.
9/3         @Summertown*
9/10       Hickman Co.
9/17       Cascade*
10/1       @Mt. Pleasant*
10/8       Collinwood
10/15     Forrest*
10/22     @East Hickman
10/29     @Loretto*
*region game

SPRING HILL (3-6 in 2020), Region 6-5A

Coach: Ben Martin (4th season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“I think we’ll have some strong senior leadership this season.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“Youth and game-time experience for most positions.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“Determine this year’s team identity; evaluate every position/player.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“I think Mac Richie (senior running back; 276 rushing yards, two TDs in 2020) will continue to be a solid player for us. Aiden St. Croix (seior receiver/defensive end) has really stepped his game up. Louis Alderette (senior receiver/defensive back) has outworked almost everyone in the offseason. I think it could be a breakout year for (junior running back) Kaiden Martin.”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“We will wrap up May 15 with our annual Maroon and White Game at Buford Gladney Stadium at 7 p.m.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       @Bowling Green (Ky.) Greenwood
8/27       Summit
9/3         @Page*
9/10       Lewis Co.
9/17       Lincoln Co.*
9/24       Coffee Co.
10/1       @Nolensville*
10/15     @Franklin Co.*
10/22     @Mt. Pleasant
10/29     Columbia Central*
*region game

SUMMERTOWN (3-6 in 2020), Region 5-2A

Coach: Dakota Crews (1st season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“Our senior leadership.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“Learning a new offensive and defensive system this spring and summer. Our guys have responded well, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“To get our guys to compete. They’ve done a great job in the weight room and it has carried over into our spring practice. We’re trying to establish a culture of compete, compete, compete. In every drill, every play, every rep, every test in school, we want our guys competing.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“It’s hard to pinpoint one player or one position. (Quarterback) Colton Shaffer, (running back/receiver) Javen Edmiston and (receiver) Michael Abbott are a couple of our senior skill players to watch, but we have so many guys stepping up.”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
Summertown concluded spring practice with an intrasquad scrimmage on May 6.

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       @Lawrence Co.
8/27       @Wayne Co.
9/3         Richland*
9/10       Collinwood
9/17       @Forrest*
9/24       @Zion Chr.
10/1       Loretto*
10/15     Mt. Pleasant*
10/22     Lewis Co.
10/29     @Cascade*
*region game

SUMMIT (14-1 in 2020), Region 7-6A

Coach: Brian Coleman (8th season)

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“There’s not much to be comfortable about when moving up to 6A and one of the best regions in the state.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“Durability, with the grueling schedule we have. We will need to develop depth.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“Getting back to basics – blocking and tackling technique, etc.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“All eyes are usually on the Wade twins (quarterback Destin, a Class 5A Mr. Football finalist in 2020, and linebacker/defensive end Keaten; both are Kentucky commits).”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“We will wrap up May 13, maybe with a Navy/White Game.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       @Henry Co.
8/27       @Spring Hill
9/3         @Brentwood*
9/10       Blackman
9/17       Centennial*
9/24       Beech
10/1       Ravenwood*
10/8       Independence*
10/22     @Shelbyville
10/29     @Franklin*
*region game

ZION CHR. (4-6 in 2020)

Coach: Jeff Jordan (1st season)
*Acting coach James Dickinson submitted responses prior to Jordan’s hiring on May 6

● What is your biggest comfort as you consider your 2021 team?
“As of now we have no comfort. Numbers will be down this fall. There’s a lot of praying and planning at this point.”

● What is your biggest concern as you consider your 2021 team?
“The number of players we have to play this fall are a full work in progress. Offensive line and defensive line are a very big concern. We lost a lot of great players up front from last season.”

● What is your primary objective for spring practice?
“Getting new players out, working with all grades from 4th all the way up to 12th. Getting kids that have not been playing to buy in and play.”

● “All eyes on … “ what player or position during spring practice?
“With limited numbers, all eyes are on every player. We all know (senior quarterback/linebacker) Luke Perko is the key – an outstanding young man and a true leader.”

● When does spring practice wrap up for your program? Do you have a spring game planned, and if so, when?
“We’ll finish up the last week of classes. (Final day of school is May 20.) There will be no spring game.”

● What is your 2021 schedule?
8/20       Grace Chr.
8/27       @Richland
9/10       Mt. Pleasant
9/17       Eagleville
9/24       Summertown
10/1       @First Assembly Chr.
10/15     @Grundy Co.
10/22     @Wayne Co.
10/29     Cornersville

Lady Dawgs’ late surge extends win streak to 21, secures title game berth

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA – After rallying for four runs in the sixth inning to take control of Thursday’s Division II-A Middle Region winners bracket final softball matchup, Columbia Academy had to wait more than an hour to finish off its 5-3 victory over visiting Middle Tennessee Christian.

Before the seventh inning could get started, inclement weather that had been called for all day finally arrived, forcing a delay that concerned CA coach Seth Anderson.

“The momentum hit us right at the right time,” Anderson said of the offensive outbreak. “You could feel the energy change. I was really hoping the rain would hold off.”

Coming out of the 90-minute stoppage, Lady Bulldogs starter Averi Slaughter retired MTCS in order, getting a called strikeout to complete the comeback win.

“I think that storm hit us at the worst time possible,” Middle Tennessee Christian coach Julie Smith said. “I was feeling good until then. That strong wind, trees blowing sideways – I think that’s when they lost focus. It’s hard to be on defense in that situation.”

As the skies began to darken, the hosts began to refine their approach at the plate against MTCS starter Kyia Quigle.

Karley Harakas is mobbed at the plate by her Columbia Academy teammates following her game-tying two-run home run in the sixth inning of Thursday’s 5-3 Division II-A Middle Region tournament victory over Middle Tennessee Christian. (Photo by Maurice Patton / SM-Tn Sports)

“This being our third time to play them, we knew they were a good team,” Anderson said. “From 1 to 9 (in the batting order), they’re solid. The pitcher is good. She keeps you off balance with the changeup. We knew we’d have our work cut out for us.

“We were out in front, popping up. It took us being disciplined in the sixth. Karley’s been swinging the bat well. She looked for something fast and put a good swing on it; same thing with Tori. You try to eliminate one pitch, find something and sit on it.”

Columbia Academy (35-2) cut into a 3-0 deficit with Tori Duval’s two-out RBI double that scored Kennedy Chatman from first base in the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to do further damage as, after Myleah Hardy was intentionally walked (the third of her four for the day), Journey Mitchell popped out to shortstop – one of CA’s 13 flyball outs for the game.

“I think we wanted to hit so badly that we swung at pitches that weren’t in our normal zone, like the changeups,” Duval said. “We didn’t expect her to throw it as much as she did.”

By the sixth, the hosts had their revamped game plan. A Chloe Carter leadoff walk set up a game-tying homer by Karley Harakas. Laney Turner followed with a base hit, and after Abbigail Adkins bunted courtesy runner Carolina Johnson up, Karli Quillin reached on a second bunt.

An out later, Duval unloaded with a triple, capping the four-run rally before the rain started.

Duval went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, with Quillin adding a double and her bunt single to pace the hosts offensively. Slaughter struck out eight and walked four while giving up seven hits in the win.

“A lot of that was respect for their lineup,” Anderson said, addressing the walks. “Their leadoff hitter (Macy Smith), their No. 3 hitter (Rose Davis), they’re both really tough. You’ve got to choose where you attack.

“After that delay, Averi did a great job. She pounded the strike zone.”

The win, following a 4-3 victory on March 23 in Murfreesboro and an 8-1 decision at home on April 6, extended the Lady Bulldogs’ streak to 21. Middle Tennessee Christian (15-6-1), which advanced to the winners bracket finals by scoring seven runs in its final at-bat for a 9-7 victory Wednesday over Goodpasture, drops into the region tourney losers bracket finals on Monday, with CA set to play the winner on Tuesday.

Columbia Acad. 5, Middle Tenn. Chr. 3

M 100 020 0 – 3 7 0
C 000 014 x – 5 10 1

Kyia Quigle and Mandie Barrow. Averi Slaughter and Laney Turner. W: Slaughter. L: Quigle. HR: Columbia Acad. – Karley Harakas.

Beranek, Estep among top honorees in DII-A District 3

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Columbia Academy’s Bryant Beranek and Richie Estep were among the superlative honorees as the Division II-A District 3 baseball coaches announced their all-district team this week.

Beranek and Battle Ground Academy’s Ethan Harden shared league pitcher of the year kudos, with Estep and Grace Christian’s Brad Myers named co-coaches of the year.

For the season, Beranek posted a 7-2 record with a 1.43 earned run average (49 innings/10 earned runs) and 69 strikeouts.

Max Ballard, Tanner Ham, Landon Prentice and Kavares Tears earned all-district recognition for the regular-season champion Bulldogs.

Zion Christian junior shortstop/pitcher Luke Perko was recognized as a Division II-A all-District 3 performer this week. (Courtesy photo by Matthew White)

Zion Christian’s Luke Perko was also named all-district.

The team in its entirety follows:

Player of the Year: J.D. McCracken, Middle Tenn. Chr.; Pitchers of the Year: Bryant Beranek, Columbia Acad.; Ethan Harden, Battle Ground Acad.; Coaches of the Year: Richie Estep, Columbia Acad.; Brad Myers, Grace Chr.

All-District: Holt Adams, Blake Rowe (Battle Ground Acad.); Drew Aiken, Cade Law, Langston Patterson, Zee Thompson, J.J. Williams (Christ Presbyterian Acad.); Max Ballard, Tanner Ham, Landon Prentice, Kavares Tears (Columbia Acad.); Ty Lively, Brax Templin (Franklin Road Acad.); Brock Arender, Blake Barton, Jordan Carter, Luke Gill, Parker Wyatt (Grace Chr.); Cade Carr, Harrison Gant, Adam Jamison, Ross Prosser (Middle Tenn. Chr.); Eli Wilson (Providence Chr.); Luke Perko (Zion Chr.).

Late rally falls short for host Dawgs in district semifinals

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA – With 11 total strikeouts in Monday’s Division II-A District 3 tournament semifinal matchup, Grace Christian and Columbia Academy managed to put the ball in play rather frequently.

Grace Christian found more holes, however, particularly during a four-run fourth-inning rally that provided the difference in handing the host Bulldogs a 5-3 defeat.

“They’re a really good hitting team,” CA senior first baseman Kavares Tears said after driving in all three of his team’s runs – two on a two-out seventh-inning single to bring the winning run to the plate before Max Ballard bounced out to shortstop to douse the comeback attempt.

“They jumped on us early. They put the ball in spots where we weren’t. We hit the ball right at people the whole night.”

The Lions (24-8), the No. 4 tournament seed, entered Monday’s matchup having won 17 of their last 19 outings since a regular-season sweep at the hands of the Dawgs back on March 22-23. They took control quickly, with Parker Wyatt reaching on a one-out single and scoring on a two-out Gunner Haskins double off starter Bryant Beranek for a first-inning lead.

Columbia Academy (27-6) put runners on early and often against GCA’s Jackson Sleeper, but a double play, a pickoff and a strikeout prevented the hosts from taking advantage through their first three at-bats.

That dry spell proved costly in the fourth inning, as the Lions batted around strung together four hits – three with two outs – to extend the margin to 5-0.

“We grinded out some at-bats,” Grace Christian coach Brad Myers said. “Gunner had a nine-pitch at-bat and walked, and we had another nine-pitch at-bat after that. We just had some good, long at-bats.

“That’s something we’ve been doing a lot of – getting it to the next dude, whether it’s a hit or a walk, just getting it to the next dude.”

The regular-season champions, meanwhile, continued to hit in bad luck until Tanner Ham led off the sixth by beating out an infield grounder and moving to second on a Grace Christian error before scoring on a Tears single. With runners at first and second, though, the middle of the CA order was unable to move Landon Prentice or Tears around.

After Mason Raffauf retired the Lions in order in the top of the seventh, Grant Wooldridge breathed life into the Dawg attack with a one-out double down the left-field line. Cade Crouthamel followed with a base hit and Prentice drew a two-out walk to load the bases.

With both teams’ fan bases holding their collective breaths – in anticipation of different results – Tears missed out on the fairytale ending but did drill a single into right field, scoring Wooldridge and Crouthamel and cutting the deficit in half. That was as close as the game got, though.

“I felt like we had some good at-bats,” CA coach Richie Estep said following the loss. “We hit about five balls right at them. That’s just baseball. We were right in it. We put ourselves in position (to win). I believe in Max every time. He hit the ball hard.

“We were down 5-0. It could have ended 5-0. We had the go-ahead run at the plate. These guys don’t go away, and I’ve got all the confidence in the world we’ll be back at it (Tuesday).”

Ham and Tears each had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs – half the team’s total. Both Jordan Carter and Haskins doubled and singled to pace GCA’s 10-hit attack.

Weather permitting, Columbia Academy will host Christ Presbyterian Academy in Tuesday’s tourney consolation game. Grace Christian will travel to No. 2 seed Middle Tennessee Christian for the championship matchup.

Grace Chr. 5, Columbia Acad. 3

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C 000 001 2 – 3 7 0

Jackson Sleeper, Parker Wyatt (7) and Blake Barton. Bryant Beranek, Mason Raffauf (7) and Max Ballard. W: Sleeper. L: Beranek.

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

Weekend on the diamonds, pitch

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Spring Hill 6, Brentwood 0: Jackson Marbet and Quent Mizer hit home runs for Spring Hill on Sunday when the Raiders downed Brentwood. Marbet had a two-run blast, while Mizer’s was a three-run shot. Dawson Hargrove was solid on the bump, going six innings and striking out 13 in the game. Brantly Whitwell worked a perfect seventh as well with a pair of strikeouts.

Lawrence Co. 10, Summertown 7: A seven-run first inning propelled Lawrence County to a full season sweep of their county rivals with the final win coming over Summertown on Saturday. All seven of the Wildcats’ runs came with two outs. Zack Graves doubled, Grant James, Camden Bosheers, Bryson Mcfall and Ayden Luffman each singled in the inning. Three walks and a hit-by-pitch also contributed to the scoring. Summertown scored three in the second and a pair in the fifth to cut into the lead, but Lawrence County answered with a pair of its own. Colton Moore was 2-for-3 for the ‘Cats and drove in three runs. McFall added a pair of RBIs as well. Grant Burleson was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for Summertown. Gavin Burleson drove in three runs for the Eagles.

Page 11, Columbia Central 4: Eston Snider hit a homer in the first inning to set the tone early for Page on Saturday. After Columbia Central took a run lead in the first, the Pats opened up for three in the bottom half. Central saw Konner Bowden go deep in the fifth as well. Hudson Adams gave up five runs in two innings and struck out two taking the loss.

Spring Hill 7, Shelbyville 4: Quent Mizer took a pitch to the body with the bases loaded of a tie game in the fifth inning to bring in the eventual winning run for Spring Hill on Friday. Brantley Whitwell was 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI. Brandon O’Brien added a pair of RBIs as well on a hit. Conner Gaia and Cole Taylor helped the Raiders to the win on the bump.

Page 7, Summit 3: Page busted out for five first inning runs against Summit to down the Spartans on Friday. Brady Hendrix took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits over three innings Devin Thrain and Auston Kincaid came on in relief, giving up just one run in three innings of work. Garrett Sims hit a two-run home run for Summit.

Div. II-A District 3

Middle Tenn. Chr. 7, 14; Zion Chr. 0, 0: Zion Christian ended the 2021 campaign with the most wins in school history (14), but were unable to extend their season past a doubleheader on Friday. The Eagles had just three hits in the two games with Luke Perko, Max Brown and Wyatt Heins each singling on the day.

Columbia Acad. 13, 6; Providence Chr. 3, 0: In Game 1, The Bulldogs got an early lift on a single from Kavares Tears. Max Ballard, Damon Toombs, Cade Crouthamel and Tyler Stephens each drove in a pair of runs. Stephens had a home run in the contest. Bryant Beranek and Stephens combined to shut down Providence from the mound. Game 2 was much of the same from the CA pitching staff, as Landon Prentice and Mason Raffauf combined for a two-hitter and struck out 15 collectively. Tanner Ham and Ballard each had a pair of hits in the game, while Stephens added two more RBIs.

Softball

Spring Hill 5, Centennial 4 (11 inn.): Spring Hill’s Kat Carter struck out 19 in a marathon win over Centennial on Friday. The senior gave up an early first inning run, but locked in from there on out. The Lady Raiders got multiple hits in the game from D’Naijah Wade, Bella Umstead and Carter. Umstead drove in two for Spring Hill. Ainsley Tuck put Spring Hill up 4-3, scoring from second when the Lady Cougars couldn’t come up with a throw at first on Gracie Boehms’s grounder to third. The throw from first to the plate was on time, but a sliding Tuck knocked the ball loose. In the confusion, Boehms motored to third, prompting a throw from the plate that went just wide, allowing the Lady Raiders to take a 5-3 lead.

Joe Williams of the Williamson Herald contributed to this report.

Div. II-A, Middle Region Tournament

Columbia Acad. 10, Donelson Chr. 0: Tori Duval drove in five runs on two hits for CA on Friday. The Bulldogs also got a perfect 3-for-3 hit day from Kennedy Chatman as well, who scored twice on Duval hits. Karley Harakas added a pair of RBIs in the game. Averi Slaughter earned the win in the circle, going four innings and striking out eight.

Friendship Chr. 10, Zion Chr. 1: A potent Friendship Christian offense took full advantage of the Lady Eagles on Friday. Freshman pitcher Ashleia Coble went six innings and gave up seven earned runs on 13 hits. She struck out six in the loss. At the plate, Rebecca Hazard was 2-for-3 to lead Zion with an RBI. Coble, Elizabeth Wood and Peyton White each had hits in the game.

Boys Soccer

Oakland 3, Columbia Central 2: Oakland scored a pair of unanswered goals, each in the final four minutes of the match, to earn a come-from-behind win on Saturday. Oakland got on the board first with a goal before Victor Ramirez scored back-to-back for Columbia Central. Ramirez’s first goal was assisted by Kameron Smith. The Lions took a 2-1 lead in the 55th on Ramierez’s second goal.

Area sports upcoming

Monday
Baseball

Santa Fe at Fayetteville, 5 p.m.
Summertown at Eagleville, 5 p.m.
Cascade at Richland, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Central at Stewarts Creek, 6 p.m.
Loretto at Giles Co., 6 p.m.
Ravenwood at Independence*, 6 p.m.
Brentwood at Spring Hill*, 6:30 p.m.
#Grace Chr. at Columbia Acad., 6:30 p.m.
Summit at Page*, 6:30 p.m.
#Christ Presbyterian Acad. at Middle Tenn. Chr.

Softball

Independence at Father Ryan, 5 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Frank Hughes, 5 p.m.
#Grace Chr. at Zion Chr., 5 p.m.
East Hickman at Culleoka, 5:30 p.m.
Spring Hill at Ravenwood*, 5:30 p.m.
Marshall Co. at Richland, 6 p.m.
#Donelson Chr. at Davidson Acad.
#Clarksville Acad. at Nashville Chr.
#Battle Ground Acad. at Christ Presbyterian Acad.

Boys soccer

Columbia Acad. at Giles Co., 6 p.m.
Independence at Page*, 7 p.m.
Rossview at Columbia Central, 7 p.m.

*district game
#postseason game

Coaches are encouraged to submit schedules and results to sports@sm-tnsports.com