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Quick-strike offense stuns Lions in Class AAA state quarterfinals

By Charles Pulliam
Williamson Herald

MURFREESBORO – After a couple early misses – including banging a shot off the crossbar – the Franklin boys soccer team struck in a hurry and often against future region foe Columbia Central.  

Landon Robbins scored twice and Benji Wright added another goal as the Admirals scored three late tallies in less than seven minutes Tuesday and advanced to the Class AAA state semifinals with a 3-0 win over the Lions at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. 

Robbins netted the breakthrough goal on a lofted ball from Bradley Whelan in the 63rd for Franklin. His second tally came when A.J. Elliot hustled down a long ball and crossed to Robbins, who leaped with a defender in front of the goal and back-heeled the ball into the back of the net. The spectacular shot made it 2-0 in the 69th and ignited the Admirals faithful.

“Our chemistry for a while now has been very good,” Robbins said of being able to find the pass from Elliot. “I came over to that left side and he just knew I was there. 

“We usually mess around after training for about 30 minutes practicing tricks.” 

“Sometimes in a game, they become available,” Elliot added. “That was a good one.” 

Less than a minute later, Franklin scored the final goal when Wright broke loose up the middle and beat two defenders before placing a low shot perfectly to make it 3-0. 

“The floodgates opened,” Franklin coach Mike Burgoyne said. “The boys really started well, we even hit the post a couple times, but the longer the game went 0-0 you felt the anxiety build. 

“Columbia Central is a great team. They came out well-organized and their keeper made a couple great saves, but when that first one went through, our confidence lifted and the boys came through.” 

Franklin managed nine shots on goal, compared to just one for the Lions. Columbia Central coach Greg Szydlowski said he was happy with how his boys managed to stay even with Franklin early. The coach had to go to his bench with about 17 minutes to play when left back Brandon Carrascoza and right back John Dunn were forced to exit in the more than 90-degree heat. 

That change triggered an opening Franklin took advantage of. 

“We’re just not that deep, and they attacked that switch right away and put it in,” Szydlowski said after completing an 18-4-1 campaign. “I’m really proud of these guys though because they really battled. That’s soccer sometimes though. It’s a hot day and you have to make some changes and they capitalized.”

“We will remember this one,” the coach added. “We get to see them in the same region (6-AAA) next year and we get some of our top guys back. We’ll be back.” 

Victor Ramirez, who closed the season with a team-high 26 goals for the Lions, managed two shots, but was held in check for most of the match. Keeper Dane Holley closed with six saves for Columbia Central. 

“They’re a tough team,” Elliot said. “I think scoring three goals late like that really helps us. It’s a confidence booster going into (Wednesday) and now we just have to rest up and go get another one.” 

Aiden Moss earned the shutout in goal for Franklin. 

The Admirals, who improved to 13-3 overall, will face Bearden in the semifinals. Bearden (19-3-1) stretched their match into the evening before outlasting Collierville (18-2-3) with a 1-0 win, taking the match in penalty kicks 5-4. 

Houston (14-2-4) takes on Oakland (19-0-3) in the other semifinal. Both start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.  

Even in defeat, Martinez, seniors change the culture at Spring Hill

By Chris Yow

FRANKLIN — The 2021 season certainly didn’t end the way Spring Hill seniors D’naijah Wade and Kat Carter wanted it to, but the pair — along with first-year coach Angelina Martinez — weren’t going down without a fight.

This season’s fight ended in the 10th inning against Franklin at Fly Park on Wednesday with a 1-0 loss.

“I think Coach (Gary) Caperton said it best in our meeting after the game. He told the girls, ‘It means something different to be a Lady Raider now,'” Martinez said. “We are not a pushover anymore.”

With Carter in the circle, the Lady Raiders had a chance to win every night out. The Jacksonville State signee gave up just one hit and sat down 22 Franklin hitters on strikes in the game, giving her 306 punchouts on the season.

She took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but gave up a leadoff single. After a strikeout, Martinez elected to load the bases with a pair of intentional walks, and the gamble paid off. Carter sat down the next two Franklin hitters on strikes.

The lone run in the 10th came on a ground ball by Caroline Willis to third base, but an errant throw from Marissa Ellis to first base allowed Emme Glover to score from second base where she was placed due to the International Tie Breaker rule.

With the loss, Spring Hill was eliminated from the tournament in back-to-back 1-0 losses to Summit and Franklin, following a 13-run outburst in the opening round at Brentwood.

When Carter and Wade were underclassmen, there was little doubt the Lady Raiders would be making an early exit from the tournament, but this season — under Martinez’s tutelage — there was a new expectation.

“In my first two years there were so many girls who just didn’t care whether they were out there or not,” Carter said. “Nothing against Coach Caperton because he couldn’t make them care, but Coach Martinez brought a different style of coaching.

“She was tough on us, and every girl in a jersey wanted to wear it this year. We needed that.”

A Spring Hill graduate, Martinez was part of a program that saw four coaches in each of her four years, with Caperton arriving for her senior season. That experience allowed her to reach the seniors and connect with them before the year began.

“I told them I knew what it was like to have a new coach your senior year,” she said. “I wanted them to know that I had their backs, and if they bought in that we would change the culture here.”

Consider the culture changed.

“I am so proud to be on this team,” Wade said. “We were so close as a team, and we never had that before. This loss hurts worse than any other season-ending loss we’ve ever had because of that.”

Never having a chance to play in a state tournament as a player, that goal is now one Martinez hopes to reach as a coach. Carter has faith in her coach to achieve it.

“I have no doubt in my mind that she’s going to win a ring as a coach,” Carter said. “And when she does, I’m going to be right there and I’ll be able to say that I was on the team that started it all.”

Photos by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports

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.

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Baseball

Battle Ground Acad. 3, Columbia Acad. 1: Ethan Harden went seven innings to outduel Columbia Academy’s Bryant Beranek in Div. II, District 3 play. Harden also homered in the first inning, and his solo shot was matched in the second by Parker Daniel, which was all the offense Harden would need for the win. Kavares Tears tripled and Drew Toombs got an RBI with a groundout in the sixth for the Bulldogs’ only run.

Loretto 10, Wayne County 1: A couple of big innings for the Mustangs’ offense put away Wayne County. A four-spot in the second and five more in the fourth helped Loretto to a win to back up a solid pitching performance by committee. Carter Daniel went three innings, giving up the lone Wildcats’ run. Austin McDow and Connor Clemens also tossed in the win. McDow sat down five on strikes and Clemons three. The Mustangs K’d 10 in the game. Garrett Fisher had three ribbies on a pair of triples, while Ty Fulks was 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.

Huntsville 10, Spring Hill 2: A six-run first inning blew open the game early for Huntsville (Ala.). The Raiders couldn’t muster enough offense to get back into the game following a dreadful road start for Connor Gaia. The Panthers were solid on the mound, as the bottom of the Spring Hill lineup put together all of the offense. Brandon O’Brien was 2-for-2 in the game and scored the lone run when he stole home on a double steal.

Ravenwood 6, Summit 4: A three-run sixth inning wasn’t enough to mount a comeback after Summit fell behind 6-1 in the third on Monday. Devin Thrain drove in a pair of runs on a single in the sixth. Austin Kincaid doubled to put himself as the tying run in scoring position and Max Fell walked to load the bases before a fly out ended the threat.

Middle Tenn. Chr. 18, Zion Chr. 0: James McCracken and Jake Hussain combined for a five-inning no-hitter at home against Zion on Monday. A 12-run fourth inning helped to end the game early. The Cougars struck out 13 of the 15 batters faced in the game.

Softball

Summit 5, Franklin 4 (9 inn.): Malia Scott drove in Abby O’Reilly in the ninth inning to walk off with an 11-AAA win Monday. Franklin took a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh, but Summit would not go away quietly. Down to their final out, an error on a ground ball allowed Emma Beach to reach and O’Reilly doubled to score a run. Scott singled and O’Reilly scored on an error to tie the game. Elena Escobar was solid, as per usual, in the circle. She have up two earned runs on three hits and struck out 15 while walking just one hitter.

Summertown 4, Ardmore (Ala.) 3 (8 inn.): Claire Woods gave herself and her team the win in extra innings on Monday night. She hit a walk off home run in extra innings to help improve her pitching record to 10-1 on the year. Hailey Jones tied the game in the third inning with a 2-run homer and later tied it again in the fourth with a sac fly. Hannah Lindsey had three hits and was driven in on both of Jones’ RBI hits.

Columbia Acad. 18, Battle Ground Acad. 0: Myleah Hardy, Karley Harakas and Kaitlyn Cathey each tallied home runs in a rout of the Lady Wildcats on Monday Pitchers Journey Mitchell and Anna Brewer retired all nine batters they faced for a three-inning combined perfect game with five total strikeouts. Hardy was 2-for-2 with five RBIs in the game, while Cathey added all three of her RBIs on her homer in the third.

Roundup: Baseball, softball recaps

Baseball

Columbia Acad. 11, Franklin Road Acad. 1: Bryant Beranek sat down 13 of Franklin Road’s hitters on strikes Tuesday. The Bulldog tossed six innings, giving up one run on two hits in the outing. Max Ballard provided an offensive gem, going a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish with four RBIs. He and Kavares Tears had home runs in the win. Tanner Ham added three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Summit 10, Spring Hill 6: Alex Runk drove in four runs with a bases-clearing double and a sacrifice fly for Summit to help his team to a big 11-AAA win over Spring Hill. The double put Summit ahead 10-1 in the sixth. Spring Hill did not go away quietly, however, putting up four runs in the bottom half of the inning, including a Dawson Hargove double and Nathaniel Huntinger 2-RBI single. Jason Hamm pitched two innings for the Spartans, and Parker Dean went five full. Jackson Marbet took the loss on the hill, going three innings and giving up two earned runs while striking out three and walking five Summit hitters.

Lincoln Co. 9, Columbia Central 1: A five-run third inning for Lincoln County put the Falcons in front comfortably and they cruised to an 8-AAA win Tuesday. Columbia Central managed just two hits in the game, though one was a solo home run from Ta’Vin Barner in the fourth inning. Sam Pale tallied the only other Lions hit of the game. Barner took the loss, giving up seven earned runs on six hits. He did notch six strikeouts as well.

Lawrence Co. 5, Tullahoma 4: Bryson McFall walked and then found his way home in the 8th inning on a Tullahoma error to lift his Wildcat team to an 8-AAA win. Colton Moore shut down the host Wildcats in the bottom half with a 1-2-3 inning on a ground out and two strikeouts. Moore was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.

Zion Chr. 11, Providence Chr. 1: Luke Perko pitched a gem and helped himself at the plate in his team’s win Tuesday. Perko was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the win, while also pitching five innings and giving up no earned runs on just three hits. Jackson Hughes was 3-for-3 and also had three RBIs for the Eagles.

Independence 1, Dickson Co. 0: Senior pitcher Will Tobin tossed a no-hitter against Dickson County, striking out nine and walking just one.

Softball

Zion Chr. 18, Riverside Chr. 0: Rebecca Hazard was hazardous with a bat in her hand on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles’ cleanup hitter certainly lived up to her title, as she went 2-for-3 in Zion’s win with six RBIs. She drove in two runs on a triple in the first inning, another when she was hit by a pitch later in the same inning, which the Eagles plated eight runs. She also had a three-run home run later in the game. Kyndall Daranovich and Claire Boyd combined for the four-inning shutout in the circle.

Columbia Acad. 8, Middle Tenn. Chr. 1: Averi Slaughter was dominant in the circle for Columbia Academy, pitching a complete game and giving up one earned run on four hits and striking out eight for the Lady Bulldogs. At the plate, Journey Mitchell, Chloe Carter and Laney Turner each had a pair of hits, while Karli Quillin drove in three runs with a bases-clearing triple in the fourth.

Franklin 3, Summit 2: Following seven scoreless innings, both teams awakened their bats in the eighth inning with the host Lady Admirals getting the extra run they needed on a Summit error that allowed two runs to score on a ground ball in the infield. In the top of the eighth, Summit got an RBI on a suicide squeeze from Ellery Stephenson, and she would later score on a Franklin error to give the Spartan women a 2-0 lead. Lily Kate Richards went seven innings for Summit, giving up no earned runs and scattering four hits.

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Baseball

Summit 3, Franklin 1 (9 inn.): Summit outdueled district foe Franklin on Monday night, getting a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to steal a road win.

Summit pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts, while Franklin’s AJ Russell was pulled in the eighth inning with a no-hitter and 15 strikeouts in the game. He’d thrown 107 pitches to that point in the contest.

Brady Hendrix singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth for the Spartans.

Summertown 10, Wayne Co. 0 (6 inn.): Cory Francis threw a two-hit shutout for the Eagles, striking out 15 in the team’s District 12-A opener. Summertown broke the game open offensively with a five-run fourth inning as Grant Burleson and Gavin Burleson each had RBI doubles in the rally and Lane Burleson added a run-scoring base hit.

Loretto 16, Perry Co. 0 (3 inn.): Loretto scored eight runs in both the second and third innings to earn a win in their District 12-A opener. The Mustangs had just five hits, but took full advantage of 10 Vikings errors. Caden Porter and Austin McDow each had a pair of hits and three RBIs for Loretto. Garrett Fisher got the win, going two full innings and striking out three.

Softball

Columbia Central 13, Tullahoma 3 (6 inn.): Saviya Morgan was a force Monday night, as the youngster was 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and seven stolen bases in the game.

In addition to Morgan’s monster performance, Tashiya Lyles, Samaria Davis and Summer Hooten each drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Lions.

Hooten got the win in the circle, giving up three runs — only one earned — on four hits and striking out two Lady Cats.

Lincoln Co. 9, Lawrence Co. 5: Lincoln County scored three runs in the first inning and the Lady Falcons held off a late Lawrence County rally to get a District 8-AAA win. Josie Hall hit a two-run homer in the first for Lincoln County to open scoring. Lawrence County was led by senior Taylor Hine, who went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Carley Fields added another pair of hits and an RBI as well in the loss.

Tennis

Columbia Acad. boys 7, Summertown 0: Miles Nixon and Aaron Sullivan each picked up singles victories and teamed for a doubles win Monday for the triumphant Bulldogs.

Keyton Kodatt, Hayes Lewis and Garrett Hixson also win in singles, with Kodatt and Lewis claiming a doubles victory.

Summertown girls 6, Columbia Acad. 1: Ella Konig and Gracie Kelly led the way for the Lady Eagles, winning their singles matches in addition to a doubles victory. Summertown’s Hope Jones and Emma Perry also won in singles, with Sassy Dotson and Libby Konig earning a doubles decision.

Anna Claire Butt picked up a singles win for Columbia Academy.