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Raiders secure finals berth in 10-A tourney, opposite Santa Fe

By Maurice Patton

LYNNVILLE – By the end of Monday night’s play in the District 10-A baseball tournament at Richland, all three coaches were pleased with their respective teams.

Only one, however, moved into Tuesday’s championship game opposite Santa Fe.

The host Raiders dealt Mt. Pleasant a 10-0, five-inning season-ending defeat, after the Tigers sent Culleoka home with a 3-2 decision.

“Whether we win one or two games (Tuesday), I think we came out with a little more urgency, a little more concentration to make sure we did the little things right,” Richland coach Troy Hughes said after his team successfully rebounded from a 9-8, 12-inning loss Saturday to third-seeded Santa Fe by scoring in four of five at-bats against No. 2 seed Mt. Pleasant.

“We knew Santa Fe was capable of beating us. But I think it was a wakeup call for us. We didn’t do what we should have done Saturday. How are we going to respond? Are we going to hang our heads, or are we going to respond like I know we’re capable?”

Richland (19-12) scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch from Mt. Pleasant starter Hayden Holt in its half of the first inning, then capitalized on an Austin Schrengost two-run double and three Tiger errors in a three-run second inning.

Colton Trimble’s two-run base hit sparked a four-run rally in the fourth, and Jace Derryberry doubled home the decisive runs in the fifth.

“I feel like we ran out of gas a little bit – mentally, physically, both,” first-year Mt. Pleasant coach Kennedy Mathis said after his team finished 11-17. “They’re a really good ballclub. They did what they had to do to win the game. They earned it.

“Coming into the year, I don’t think anybody outside of our group believed in us. I think we proved a lot of people wrong, but this was just one step in the process. We’ve got to keep building. It took 11 guys, but we made each and every team earn it.”

Mt. Pleasant played error-free ball for six innings against Culleoka (6-16), working out of a jam that led to a 1-0 first-inning Warrior lead and scoring three runs in the third as Brady Clark’s double drove in a pair of runs before he scored on Ryan Clark’s RBI groundout.

Leading 3-1 into the seventh, the Tigers had to weather some suspense as back-to-back Codell Gilliam throwing errors helped Culleoka cut the deficit in half and put the tying run at second base before reliever Ben Newland stranded the tying and winning runs by striking out Landon Spencer to end the game.

“These guys played hard. They hit the ball,” Warriors coach Vince Springer said. “I’m as proud as I can be of these guys. At times this season, they’ve gotten down on themselves when things didn’t go their way. This time, they stayed in the game and did what they needed to do. We didn’t lose; we just ran out of innings.”

Santa Fe can clinch the tournament title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s Region 5-A tourney with a win Tuesday. If Richland wins the 5 p.m. championship game, the two would play a second contest.

Mt. Pleasant 3, Culleoka 2

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Ethan Hollis and Jack Luna. Andrew Cummins, Codell Gilliam (1), Brady Clark (3), Ben Newland (6) and Kevin Reed. W: Clark. L: Hollis.

Richland 10, Mt. Pleasant 0 (5 inn.)

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Hayden Holt, Ryan Clark (4), Brady Clark (5) and Kevin Reed. Rob Turner and Landon Griggs. W: Turner. L: Holt.

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

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

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.

Richland regroups, run-rules Santa Fe to win 10-A crown

By Maurice Patton

LYNNVILLE — Timely hits. Richland didn’t get them in a road loss Monday against Santa Fe.

Playing at home Tuesday, though, the Raiders did come through when it counted offensively – and kept the Wildcats from doing so – in a 10-0, five-inning victory that secured the District 10-A regular-season championship.

“We did a little better job of being selective, and we got some big hits when we needed them,” veteran Richland coach Troy Hughes said after his team shook off a 5-3 loss a day prior that set up the winner-take-all-clash.

“We’ve talked all year (about) we’ve played a tough schedule. I did that on purpose. We lost some games this year. We’ve failed, but we’ve gotten better. (Monday) we didn’t lose the game; we got beat. We’ve got baseball guys that are smart enough to know, we didn’t beat ourselves. So it was pretty easy for them to say ‘next game’.”

Santa Fe wasn’t able to carry over its offensive momentum from the first game. Colton Steward and Logan Wilkins led off the first and second innings with doubles, but their teammates were unable to get either of them across the plate.

“That was huge,” Wildcats coach Rip Baxter said “You can’t win if you’re not scoring runs. We had a hit-and-run on one time, had a bunt on one time. We missed signals – inexperienced, not paying attention.

“When you’ve got runs to drive in, you’ve got to drive them in.”

Richland (14-8, 7-1) did. After stranding seven in Monday’s loss, the Raiders batted around in a five-run second and added a run in the third on three more singles before ending the contest with four runs in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule.

After banging out nine hits – all singles – though, Hughes was effusive in his praise of starting pitcher Sam Edwards and reliever Landon Griggs.

“With us, it starts on the mound,” he said. “Sam came out and threw strikes. When he throws strikes, when any of our guys throws strikes, we’ve got as good a defense as anybody in the state, from Class A to Class AAA.

“All we need is a pitcher to throw strikes. We’re going to field it and throw them out. Sam did an excellent job of doing that.”

Indeed, the Raiders played error-free ball Tuesday along with getting two hits each from Jase Derryberry and Rob Turner. Derryberry and Austin Schrengost each drove in a pair of runs.

After the second inning, meanwhile, Santa Fe (13-7-1, 5-3) only created one other scoring opportunity. Edwards walked two of the three batters he faced in the fifth, before Griggs relieved and issued a walk to Steward. The Raiders squelched the threat by turning a double play on Josh Martin’s grounder, before finishing the game in their following at-bat.

“Troy does a good job,” Baxter said. “They did what they had to do. They did what we didn’t do.”

With Richland nailing down the top seed for the upcoming district tournament, Santa Fe drops to third after being swept by Mt. Pleasant last week. The Tigers will be the No. 2 seed, with Culleoka and Hampshire rounding out the field.

“From top to bottom, this is as competitive as this district has been in several years,” Hughes said. “Going into the tournament, I’m not going to say Richland is the favorite. Culleoka is capable of beating you, Mt. Pleasant is very capable of beating you.

“It’s going to be a very exciting tournament.”

Richland 10, Santa Fe 0 (5 inn.)

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Josh Martin, Colton Steward (4) and Colton Steward, Macon Adkison (4). Sam Edwards, Landon Griggs (5) and Landon Griggs, Houston Cheek (5). W: Edwards. L: Martin.

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

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BASEBALL

Columbia Acad. 24, Zion Chr. 0: Bryant Beranek was perfect on Monday night, going five innings and not allowing a single baserunner to Zion Christian. The Eagles committed six errors to aid the 15 hits from the Dawgs, and CA never looked back from an 11-0 lead after two. For the Bulldogs, Kavares Tears was 3-for-3, including his ninth homer of year year, and Beranek added three hits in four trips with five RBIs in the game.

Spring Hill 13, Franklin 3: Spring Hill used a couple of big innings to pull away early from Franklin in 11-AAA play. The Raiders plated four in the first and seven in the third before adding another pair in the seventh. The top part of the batting lineup, which has struggled for much of the year, put together a big night collecting nine hits among the first six hitters of the lineup. Brantly Whitwell, Dawson Hargrove, Quent Mizer and Chance Bland each tallied a pair of hits. Mizer and Bland drove in three runs each as well. Hargrove pitched a gem, going the distance and striking out 15 to get the win.

Summit 6, Lawrence County 2: Summit plated three runs in the second inning, two of which came on an Sam North double, and another pair in the third to pull away from Lawrence County. The Wildcats cut the lead to a run in the top of the third with a couple of bases loaded walks, but couldn’t get a timely hit. Summit pitcher Parker Dean was able to get out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning without a run scoring. Tre Hunter added a pair of RBIs for the Spartans in the win.

Summertown 12, Mt. Pleasant 1: Drake Blackwood, have yourself a night. The senior catcher for Jason Burleson’s bunch had a homer and a double in a three-hit night that saw him drive in seven of the Eagles’ runs. Skylar Trousdale was awarded the win on the hill, going four innings and striking out six. Junior Ben Newland was 2-for-3 for the Tigers, and Codell Gilliam had the lone RBI on a single in the fourth.

SOFTBALL

Spring Hill 7, Ravenwood 0: Kat Carter struck out 21 in a two-hit shutout of Ravenwood, while walking only two hitters. Spring Hill jumped out to an early lead, scoring in each of the first four innings. The Lady Raiders took full advantage of their seven hit and two Ravenwood errors. Jeyce Brashears went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI in the game.

Cornersville 9, Culleoka 1: Culleoka scored seven runs in the fifth to put the game away for the Lady Bulldogs. Alex Skinner had a home run in the fourth to lead Culleoka at the dish, and also pitched three innings of relief, giving up two runs on four hits. Kylie Thomas took the loss in the circle for the Lady Warriors.

Columbia Acad. 2, Ardmore (Ala.) 0: The Lady Dawgs have a new home run queen after Myleah Hardy hit a solo shot in the fourth inning to surpass the previous season record of 16. Journey Mitchell struck out six and allowed just four hits in the complete game shut out.

SOCCER

Columbia Central 7, Lincoln Co. 2: The visiting Lions allowed their first goals in District 8-AAA competition, but were in control of the contest throughout. Gabino Sarabia led the offensive onslaught with a pair of goals, with Benton Wall, Brewer Wall, Victor Ramirez and Mason Hollandsworth each adding a scoring kick. Central improved to 12-1 (7-0) and wrapped up the league title with the win.

TENNIS

Columbia Acad. boys 4, Goodpasture 0: The Bulldogs opened Division II-A Middle Region tourney play with singles wins by Miles Nixon, Aaron Sullivan and Hayes Lewis along with a Nixon/Sullivan doubles victory.

Area sports upcoming

Monday
Baseball

Columbia Acad. at Zion Chr.*, 5 p.m.
Culleoka at Hampshire*, 5 p.m.
Richland at Santa Fe*, 5 p.m.
Brentwood at Independence*, 6:30 p.m.
Franklin at Spring Hill*, 6:30 p.m.
Summertown at Mt. Pleasant, 6:30 p.m.
Lawrence Co. at Summit, 7 p.m.

Softball

Independence at Summit*, 5 p.m.
Lewis Co. at Mt. Pleasant, 5 p.m.
Richland at Wayne Co., 5 p.m.
Columbia Central at Shelbyville*, 5:30 p.m.
Giles Co. at Loretto, 5:30 p.m.
Ravenwood at Spring Hill*, 5:30 p.m.
Lawrence Co. at Franklin Co.*

Boys soccer

Wayne Co. at Lawrence Co., 5:30 p.m.
Giles Co. at Zion Chr., 6 p.m.
Marshall Co. at Spring Hill*, 6 p.m.
Columbia Central at Lincoln Co.*, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Baseball

Zion Chr. at Columbia Acad.*, 5 p.m.
Hampshire at Culleoka*, 5 p.m.
Santa Fe at Richland*, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Central at Tullahoma*, 6 p.m.
East Hickman at Mt. Pleasant, 6 p.m.
Independence at Brentwood*, 6:30 p.m.
Lawrence Co. at Loretto, 6:30 p.m.
Spring Hill at Franklin*, 6:30 p.m.

Softball

#Clarksville Acad. at Zion Chr., 4:30 p.m.
Summertown at Loretto*, 4:30 p.m.
Richland at Mt. Pleasant*, 5 p.m.
Santa Fe at Culleoka*, 5 p.m.
Summit at Centennial*, 5 p.m.
Brentwood at Spring Hill*, 5:30 p.m.
Franklin Co. at Columbia Central*, 6:30 p.m.

Boys soccer

Battle Ground Acad. at Columbia Acad.*, 6 p.m.
East Hickman at Culleoka, 6 p.m.
Independence at Ravenwood*, 7 p.m.
Spring Hill at Fairview, 7 p.m.
Summit at Grace Chr., 7 p.m.

Wednesday
Baseball

Tullahoma at Columbia Central*, 6 p.m.

Thursday
Baseball

Columbia Acad. at East Hickman, 5 p.m.
Forrest at Summertown, 5 p.m.
Frank Hughes at Culleoka, 5 p.m.
Santa Fe at Perry Co., 5 p.m.
Richland at Loretto, 6 p.m.
Independence at Ravenwood*, 6:30 p.m.
Page at Summit*, 6:30 p.m.
Spring Hill at Brentwood*, 6:30 p.m.

Softball

Dickson Co. at Independence*, 5 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Riverside Chr., 5 p.m.
Richland at Santa Fe*, 5 p.m.
Collinwood at Loretto*, 5:30 p.m.
Centennial at Spring Hill*, 6 p.m.
Culleoka at Cornersville, 6 p.m.
Summertown at Wayne Co.*, 6 p.m.
Lawrence Co. at Coffee Co.*
#Battle Ground Acad./Donelson Chr. winner at Columbia Acad., TBA
#Clarksville Acad./Zion Chr. winner vs. Ezell-Harding/Friendship Chr. winner, TBA

Boys soccer

Summit at Spring Hill, 5:30 p.m.
Culleoka at Zion Chr., 6 p.m.
Shelbyville at Columbia Central*, 7 p.m.

Friday
Baseball

Cascade at Culleoka, 5 p.m.
Giles Co. at Summertown, 5 p.m.
Loretto at Richland, 6 p.m.
Siegel at Columbia Central, 6 p.m.
Hampshire at East Hickman, 6:30 p.m.
Shelbyville at Spring Hill, 6:30 p.m.

Softball

Rogers (Ala.) vs. Lawrence Co., 4 p.m. at Loretto
Independence at Nolensville, 5 p.m.
Lewis Co. at Santa Fe, 5 p.m.
Wayne Co. at Mt. Pleasant, 5 p.m.
Culleoka at East Hickman, 5:30 p.m.
Marshall Co. at Columbia Central, 5:30 p.m.
Rogers (Ala.) at Loretto, 5:30 p.m.
Lawrence Co. at Loretto, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer

Franklin Road Acad. at Columbia Acad.*, 5 p.m.
Overton at Independence, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Baseball

Columbia Central at Page, 12 noon
Giles Co. at Richland, 2 p.m.
Summertown at Lawrence Co., 6:30 p.m.

Boys soccer

Columbia Central vs. Oakland, 1 p.m. at Richard Siegel Complex

*district game
#postseason game

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