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Roundup: Baseball, softball results


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.


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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Tears shakes off rough start, strikes out 12, adds homer as ‘Dogs down Grace Christian

By Maurice Patton

Kavares Tears and Luke Gill each struggled early Monday.

But while Columbia Academy’s Tears worked out of first-inning trouble against visiting Grace Christian, the Bulldogs took advantage of Gill’s three walks and a wild pitch along with a pair of Lion errors – plating three runs in their half of the first in an eventual 6-0 Division II-A District 3 victory.

“It felt like he was a little nervous,” CA coach Richie Estep said of Tears, who walked the bases full before getting back-to-back strikeouts to squelch the opening-inning threat. Tears finished with 12 strikeouts, allowing two hits and just the three walks over six shutout innings.

“We knew it’d be competitive. They’re a good team. I’ve been around Brad (Myers, Grace Christian coach) for years. They do it the right way. Once (Tears) settled in, that first inning was huge. Their pitcher was tough. He pounded the (strike) zone. We were fortunate to get on him in the first.”

Tears’ early issues didn’t carry over to the plate. After Tanner Ham reached on a Gill two-base throwing error and Landon Prentice drew a walk, his hard-hit grounder was mishandled to load the bases. Walks to Max Ballard and Bryant Beranek each forced in runs, and Tears scored from third on a wild pitch.

“We didn’t make plays,” Myers said. “Against a good team, you’ve got to make plays. Luke threw a good ballgame. If it’s 1-0, who knows what happens?

“We’ve got to put the ball in play. (Tears) made some big pitches in the first, did what he had to do. We didn’t capitalize. I thought Luke was really good when he worked ahead. He got behind in some counts, and we didn’t make some plays.”

In his next at-bat, Tears drove a Gill delivery the other way over the left-field fence to lead off the third – his second home run of the season — and extend the Bulldog advantage to 4-0.

Columbia Academy (5-0, 3-0) picked up two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Ham singled through a drawn-in infield to score Beranek and Tyler Stephens.

“That was all set up by the bunt from (pinch-hitter) Cade (Crouthamel),” said the senior shortstop. “With runners at second and third, you’ve just got to put the bat on the ball from there.

“That kinda solidified the game a little.”

Prentice took over mound duties in the top of the seventh, working around a leadoff double with a groundout and a pair of strikeouts to close out the contest.

“Tanner looked bad on two curveballs, then he got one he could handle,” Estep said. “He found a way to get the bat on the ball. Those runs were huge. There’s a huge difference in 4-0 and 6-0.”

Grace Christian fell to 2-4 overall with the loss in its district opener.

Grant Wooldridge added a base hit for Columbia Academy, which finished with three against Gill and reliever Silas Jones.

“We’re fighting for a home game to open the district tournament,” Estep said. “With them, Middle Tennessee Christian, (Christ Presbyterian Academy) and us, with Franklin Road Academy and (Battle Ground Academy), it’s going to be competitive. But you want to be able to play at home.

“His teams do things the right way. Any time you can beat them, it’s a good win.”

The two are scheduled to play again Tuesday at Clyde Pewitt Field in Leipers Fork. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Columbia Acad. 6, Grace Chr. 0

G 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
C 301 002 x – 6 3 0

Luke Gill, Silas Jones (6) and Blake Barton; Kavares Tears, Landon Prentice (7) and Max Ballard. W: Tears; L: Gill; HR: C – Tears (2)

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

Dawgs back on track with wins over Grace Christian

By Chris Yow

LEIPERS FORK — Drew Butt had no trouble finding his rhythm on the road at Grace Christian, as the Columbia Academy junior guard found the net three times in his first three trips down the floor.

Despite a valiant effort from the Lions, thanks to a 20-point effort from Butt, CA never trailed en route to a 63-55 win in district play.

The second win over Grace Christian (7-16, 5-8 D-II-A District 3) in as many days snapped a six-game losing streak for the Dawgs (14-7, 9-6), but Columbia Academy coach Marty DeJarnette was proud of his team’s resilience to get back in the win column.

“It’s been a tough stretch. They’re not really used to that, but the way they’ve battled back and gutted it out is huge for us,” he said. “We’re starting to get some rhythm and they’re showing some toughness.”

Butt’s rhythm early was necessary because the Lions seemed to have an answer for every shot the Bulldogs hit. With 11 of the game’s first 12 buckets coming from behind the arc, both teams knew getting stops would be the key to winning.

Following a 3-pointer from Grace’s Dean Bechman to open the second quarter, which cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 20-18, the visitors were able to get those necessary stops and pulled away with an 8-0 run, including four more points from Butt. Columbia Academy took a 30-25 lead to the break with momentum.

Coming out of the locker rooms, the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 34-25 with a Tanner Ham layup and Collins Malone steal and two-hand jam. Later in the quarter, Ham knocked down a long ball and then drained three free throws after being fouled on another 3-point attempt. Butt then extended the lead to 14 points — the largest of the game — with his third trey of the game.

On the transition to defense, Butt was whistled for a technical foul, and the Bulldogs’ momentum ended.

Grace took advantage of the situation, finishing the third quarter on a 12-4 run, and cutting the lead back to five points. The Lions finished with 13 3-pointers in the game.

“We knew how tough it was going to be to win over here with Senior Night and the emotion with all of that,” DeJarnette said. “Really proud of our guys withstanding a few big runs from them.”

Columbia Academy hoped the timeout prior to the fourth quarter would allow the Bulldogs to gain some composure, but a quick 3 from Dawson Bechman put the Lions back in control before Butt once again put the team on his back.

A pair of buckets from Butt extended the lead to 54-47, and a Hayden Morgan trey forced the Lions to regroup. Regroup they did, though, and a 3-pointer from Trace Phillips was followed by a pair of free throws from Will Beasley that cut the lead to two points.

The Bulldogs’ ability to hit late free throws, however, sealed the win. Columbia Academy knocked down 6-of-7 from the stripe in the final frame and were able to force tough shots to keep Grace at bay earning themselves a tough road win.

“In the tournament, it’s going to be about getting stops,” DeJarnette said. “If you can couple scoring with a stop on the other end, it’s huge.

“Our guys executed everything we asked them to do.”

Late three lifts Lady Lions over CA

Campbell Spencer set her feet just outside the 3-point arc, caught the pass and knocked down the shot to lift Grace Christian to a 40-39 win over Columbia Academy on Tuesday.

The Lions (6-11, 4-7 DII-A District 3) led for the entire first half, but Columbia Acad. (7-14, 3-12) was able to earn its first advantage with 4:36 to go in the third quarter on a Karli Quillen jumper as part of a 10-0 run. The Lady ‘Dogs held the lead the rest of the way until Spencer’s trey with ten seconds to play.

From the onset, Grace looked to be in control, using a stifling defense to hold Columbia Academy to two points in the first quarter. Over the next two quarters, however, the Lady ‘Dogs outscored the Lions 29-19, taking a 31-27 lead to the final frame.

Grace Christian’s Charlie Black kept her team within striking distance in the second half, scoring 12 of her game-high 19 points in that timeframe. Aubrey Black’s only points of the game came on a 3-ball with 3:15 to go, cutting the lead to two points and giving life back to her team.

As hot as the Lions’ were in the fourth quarter, Columbia Academy was as cold — especially from the foul line. The Lady Dogs were 2-of-7, including missing the front end of a 1-and-1 bonus, at the stripe in the fourth.

Columbia Acad. boys 63, Grace Chr. 55

C 20 10 19 14 — 63
G 15 10 19 11 — 55

Columbia Acad. (63) — Tanner Ham 17, Chase Duncan 6, Hayden Morgan 8, Drew Butt 20, Will Jackson 4, Collins Malone 4, Griffin Cooper 4
Grace Chr. (55) — Dean Bechman 11, Ashton Kelley 3, Will Beasley 7, Dawson Bechman 5, Jackson Hiett 15, CJ Tinnon 8, Trace Phillips 6
3-pointers — Columbia Acad. 9 (Butt 4, Duncan 2, Morgan 2, Ham), Grace Chr. 13 (Hiett 5, De. Bechman 3, Kelley, Beasley, Da. Bechman, Tinnon, Phillips)

Grace Chr. girls 40, Columbia Acad. 39

C 2 10 19 8 — 39
G 8 8 11 13 — 40

Columbia Acad. (39) — Jaelyn Hickerson 1, Isabelle Dees 5, Averi Slaughter 2, Madi Lewis 16, Abbigail Adkins 3, Karli Quillin 12
Grace Chr. (40) — Campbell Spencer 9, Adyson Wolf 1, Aubrey Black 3, Charlie Black 19, Averi Thorne 4, Carlie Mason 4
3-pointers — Columbia Acad. 2 (Lewis, Adkins), Grace Chr. 5 (Spencer 3, Black, Mason)

Photos by Sarah Yow / SM-Tn Sports

Monday on the hardwood

Columbia Acad. boys 71, Grace Chr. 54

G 12 16 10 16 — 54
C 12 9 30 20 — 71

Grace Chr. (54) — Dean Bechman 14, Ashton Kelley 4, Will Beasley 7, Ben Caldwell 3, C.J. Tinnon 6, Jordan Carter 10, Trace Phillips 10
Columbia Acad. (71) — Tanner Ham 13, Chase Duncan 3, Hayden Morgan 8, Drew Butt 18, Will Jackson 15, Gabe Davenport 6, Collins Malone 6, Griffin Cooper 2
3-pointers — Grace Chr. 11 (Bechman 4, Kelley, Beasley, Caldwell, Tinnon, Carter, Phillips 2), Columbia Acad. 12 (Ham, Morgan 2, Butt 4, Jackson 3, Davenport 2)

Richland boys 65, Hampshire 29

H 8 6 7 8 — 29
R 19 14 17 15 — 65

Hampshire (29) — Payden Seaman 2, Cameryn Bass 10, Errette Delk 5, Ethan Bowden 4, Jed Page 2, Dierks Brown 2, Craig Delk 2, Adavian Moore 2
Richland (65) — Tyrell Randolph 4, Logan Helton 7, Daniel Nicholson 13, Trey Luna 14, Stevie Ballinger 2, Tristen Begley 2, Jace Derryberry 6, Andrew Huff 5, Kolton Hood 2, Gage Kirk 9, Luke Jones 1
3-pointers — Hampshire 2 (Bass, E. Delk), Richland 8 (Helton, Nicholson, Luna 3, Derryberry 2, Huff)

Tuesday on the hardwood

Culleoka girls 48, Santa Fe 34

SF 9 4 9 12 34
C 13 6 10 19 48

Santa Fe (34) – Gracie Mills 7, Elisa Adkison 9, Emmy Bates 7, Aniston Slaughter 11
Culleoka (48) – Madison Ingram 7, Breanna Dickson 10, Hannah Collins 4, Tyler Reischman 6, Alex Skinner 12, Maci McKennon 7, Kylie Thomas 2
3-pointers – Santa Fe 5 (Slaughter 3, Bates 2),Culleoka 4 (Skinner 4)

Grace Chr. boys 53, Zion Chr. 42

G 16 11 14 12 53
Z 14 13 3 13 42

Grace Chr. (53) – Dean Bechman 23, Ashton Kelley 6, Will Beasley 10, Ben Caldwell 3, Jordan Carter 6, Jackson Sleeper 2, Trace Phillips 3
Zion Chr. (42) – Max Brown 7, Jackson Hughes 7, Hayden Headley 17, Wesley Riggins 7, Ethan Yates 4
3-pointers – Grace Chr. 7 (Bechman 4, Kelley 2, Caldwell), Zion Chr. 2 (Brown, Hughes)

Columbia Central boys 50, Shelbyville 58

C 24 8 16 12 60
S 14 12 16 11 58

Columbia Central (60) – Cam Johnson 14, Demetrius McCoy 2, Carter Szydlowski 4, Q Martin 7, Omari Franklin 5, Bubba Perkins 8, Jordan Davis 20
Shelbyville (58) – Jayson Jones 19, Daman Heath 5, Devyn Heath 17, Jailain Anderson 15, Kyler Trice 2
3-pointers – Columbia Central 10 (Johnson 4, Davis 3, Martin, Franklin, Perkins), Shelbyville 3 (Jones, Da. Heath, De. Heath)

Shelbyville girls 59, Columbia Central 54 (OT)

C 4 11 6 25 8 — 54
S 15 5 15 11 13 — 59

Columbia Central (54) — Saviya Morgan 4, Ryleigh Hamm 10, Janiyha Riley 11, Jenice Bailey 2, Emma Hughes 3, Josie Parks 24
Shelbyville (59) — Jaleigha Harris 14, Lilly Brown 14, Kelsey Harden 9, Paige Blackburn 12, Mikyla Lyons 2, Kendall Dearing 8
3-pointers — Columbia Central 11 (Hamm 3, Hughes, Parks 7), Shelbyville 4 (Blackburn 2, Dearing 2)

Perry Co. boys 58, Wayne Co. 44

W 10 12 7 15 44
P 15 12 16 15 58

Wayne Co. (44) – Clay Baugus 12, Ethan Camfield 3, Tyler Moser 16, Landyn Prater 11, Jesse Dixon 2
Perry Co. (58) – Jackson Tatum 14, Lachlan Matthews 12, Tyler Dudley 16, Linden Brown 5, Cody Burney 6, Jeremiah Donaldson 5
3-pointers – Wayne Co. 3 (Prater 3), Perry Co. 5 (Matthews 2, Dudley 2, Burney)

Ravenwood boys 60, Independence 47 

I 10 6 16 15 – 47
R 16 12 14 18 – 60

Independence (47) – Jett Montgomery 19, Cameron Bell 10, River Katina 8, Sam Womack 7, Owen Ries 3
Ravenwood (60) – Nick Dang 16, Noah Clifford 15, Ben Bonga 9, Jake Mulder 8, Matt Williams 7, Andrew Lamuno 3, Myles Pollard 2
3-pointers – Independence 5 (Montgomery 3, Womack, Ries), Ravenwood 3 (Dang 2, Clifford)

Ravenwood girls 60, Independence 28

I 2 9 5 12 – 28
R 19 15 15 11 – 60

Independence (28) – Ryan Brown 6, Jayla Miller 5, Leah Oubre 5, Chaise Bethmann 5, Cristy Martinez 5, Evy Nichols 2
Ravenwood (60) – Reghan Grimes 30, Mary Prestegaard 11, Natalie Prestegaard 6, Elizabeth Flynn 4, Rachel Hillman 3, Ava Lavigne 3, Ramer 3.
3-pointers – Independence 1 (Oubre), Ravenwood 6 (Grimes 2, N. Prestegaard, Hillman, Lavigne, Ramer)

Saturday on the hardwood

Columbia Acad. girls 48, Grace Chr. 45

G 7 8 14 16 — 45
C 13 13 10 12 — 48

Grace Chr. (45) — Natalie Kaye 8, McKenzie Kaye 12, Campbell Spencer 3, Charlie Black 13, Carlie Mason 9
Columbia Acad. (48) — Jaelyn Hickerson 2, Isabelle Dees 6, Averi Slaughter 10, Madi Lewis 9, Abbigail Adkins 6, Karli Quillin 15
3-pointers — Grace Chr. 3 (M. Kaye 2, Spencer), Columbia Acad. 6 (Slaughter 2, Lewis, Adkins 2, Quillin)