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Roundup: Baseball, softball, soccer recaps

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Baseball

Lawrence Co. 2, Coffee Co. 1: Lawrence County kept its season alive with a Luke Boswell single in the sixth that scored a run to edge Coffee County. The Wildcats managed just three hits in the game, but they were enough for the 8-AAA Pitcher of the Year Boswell to get the win. He went the distance, throwing just 87 pitches, striking out six.

Summertown 6, Loretto 2: Three hits for Summertown was plenty in Game 1 of the District 12-A tournament finals. Loretto took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, but a Lane Burleson homer in the fourth was the blast the Eagles needed. Summertown added a pair of runs when Drake Blackwood knocked a bases-loaded double and then Cory Francis drew a walk to bring in a run as well. Gavin Burleson got the win, going 6 2/3 innings and throwing 119 pitches. Francis recorded the final out of the game. Josh Porter was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Loretto, while Caleb Davis and Caden Porter had a pair of hits as well. The two teams will play a second game Wednesday.

Richland 12-4, Santa Fe 0-3: After the host Raiders forced a second District 10-A tournament title game with an early five-inning victory, they held on to edge the Wildcats for the title. Third-seeded Santa Fe advanced to the championship contest with a 9-8, 12-inning victory on Saturday.

CPA 7, Columbia Acad. 3: Kavares Tears went deep in the first inning, and Grant Wooldridge singled home a pair of runs to give CA an early 3-0 lead, but that was all the offense the Dawgs could muster in their seventh meeting with the Lions. Sophomore Braxton Orr shut down CA for the remainder of the game, giving up a total of five hits and three runs, striking out seven.

Softball

Mt. Pleasant 5, Culleoka 3: Culleoka scored three runs in the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the lead Mt. Pleasant built with two runs in the first, another in the third and two more in the fourth. Shelby McNeal led the way for Mt. Pleasant in the District 10-A tourney elimination game with a pair of RBIs on two hits. Kylie Brewer added two hits and an RBI as well. Katie Thomason went the distance for the Lady Tigers, giving up six hits and one earned run, while striking out six.

Boys soccer

Columbia Central 8, Lincoln Co. 0: A flurry of second-half netters added to an early Brewer Wall goal to advance Columbia Central in District 8-AAA tournament play. Wall was assisted by Victor Ramirez on his goal. Ramirez added a pair of goals himself as well. Other goals were scored by Collin Rowe, Alex Freyre, Brandon Carr, Benton Wall and Xavier Mora.

Page 2, Spring Hill 0: Spring Hill’s season came to a disappointing end in District 11-AA tourney play on the road Tuesday. The Raiders failed to find the net in a shutout loss at Page.

Rally falls just short as Raiders’ season ends

By Chris Yow

BRENTWOOD — Trailing by seven runs and seemingly with nothing to lose, Spring Hill coach Paul Lamm said his team may have loosened up a bit at the plate.

That relaxed approach nearly led to an improbable comeback Tuesday.

As 10 went to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Raiders had the bases loaded before a fly ball to right field was corralled and Dickson County escaped with a 12-10 win.

Jackson Marbet led off the inning being hit by a pitch and Quent Mizer doubled. Chance Bland’s double on the next at-bat scored both runners before Ethan Swoish singled home a run. Cole Taylor and Brantly Whitwell singled in runs and Nathaniel Huntzinger reached on an error. Marbet then drew a walk from an 0-2 count to load the bases before Mizer lined out to right field.

“We had the right people up at the right time, and we just couldn’t get the final ball to get down. If that would’ve gotten down we tie the game and maybe take the lead because we were running,” Lamm said. “The guys gave us a great ballgame and gave our fans something to cheer for at the end.”

Coming off a dramatic 10-inning win the night before, the Cougars advanced to the losers bracket finals with the win, extending their season by at least one more day.

Spring Hill ended its season after eliminating the tournament’s top two seeds, regular-season champion Ravenwood and runner-up Brentwood, in back-to-back days.

Lamm had nothing but praise for his team’s effort.

“Our kids never gave up, and we were one bounce away from taking this one,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way these guys fought and gave effort to the very end.”

Runs came in bunches for Spring Hill, as they found little success early against Dickson County’s Ben Fisher. He was solid through the first four innings, sans a Marbet solo home run, but after his team gave him a comfortable 9-1 advantage in the fifth, the Raiders took advantage.

A pair of singles from Taylor and Whitwell paid off when Huntzinger doubled home a run and Dawson Hargrove plated a pair as well. Marbet followed up his fourth inning homer with an RBI double, cutting the lead to 9-5 by the end of the inning.

Dickson County added a solo homer in the sixth and two more runs in the seventh for the 12-5 lead.

“We tried to do too much early on, I think. When you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to perform, it can make things more difficult,” Lamm said.

Both teams had 13 hits and three errors each. The only number that wasn’t equal was the run total. Lamm, however, said the season and tournament wasn’t for naught and praised his outgoing seniors for their leadership throughout a up-and-down season.

“We started out 1-8 and we could’ve given up. Tonight we got down 9-1 and it could have been over at any point after that, but our seniors stepped up,” Lamm said. “I can’t say enough good things about where this program is after tonight. We proved in this tournament that Raider baseball is still strong.”

The Raiders finished the season 14-14 overall.

Photos by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports

Top Raiders, Spartans, Eagles draw all-District 11-AAA kudos

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Spring Hill pitcher Dawson Hargrove and outfielder Brantly Whitwell were each named first-team all-District 11-AAA, with Jackson Marbet and Quent Mizer earning second-team honors as the league’s coaches recognized their top performers this week.

Independence pitcher Will Tobin and infielder Logan Molnar were also named to the first team, along with Summit catcher Drew Plummer. Indy’s Jack Baughman and Cooper Hargrove are second-team honorees as are Summit’s John Cannella, Brady Hendrix, Alex Runk and Garrett Sims.

The teams in their entirety follow:

Player of the Year: Blake Bevis, Ravenwood; Pitcher of the Year: Lucas Kocian, Ravenwood; Coach of the Year: Danny Borne, Ravenwood.

All-District first team: P – Paul Delligatti, Brentwood; Dawson Hargrove, Spring Hill; Brooks McDonnough, Brentwood; A.J. Russell, Franklin; Will Tobin, Independence; C – Andrew Dudas, Ravenwood; Drew Plummer, Summit; 1B – Ryan Augustini, Ravenwood; INF – Ben Caylor, Brentwood; Carson Garner, Franklin; Austin Johnson, Ravenwood; Logan Molnar, Independence; Ben Severance, Ravenwood; OF – Sam Billington, Brentwood; Scott Collins, Brentwood; Eston Snider, Page; Brantly Whitwell, Spring Hill; UTIL – Eli Potter, Dickson Co.

All-District second team: Andrew Billington, Jack Morris, Aaron Walton (Brentwood); Ben Brown (Centennial); Seth Creasy, Adam Roth, Clinton Schrader, Riley Ward (Dickson Co.); Joseph Waters, Graham Wood (Franklin); Jack Baughman, Cooper Hargrove (Independence); Davis Lomenick, Cason Walker (Page); Myles Denton (Ravenwood); Jackson Marbet, Quent Mizer (Spring Hill); John Cannella, Brady Hendrix, Alex Runk, Garrett Sims (Summit).

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

G 100 400 0 – 5 10 1
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

Roundup: Baseball, softball, soccer action

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Baseball

Loretto 5, Giles Co. 3: Loretto got a big night at the plate from Josh Porter, Camden Porter and Carter Daniel to earn a win. All three finished with a double and a single Josh Porter had a pair of RBIs, while Camden Porter added one RBI.

Summertown 4, Eagleville 1: Grayson Burleson launched his first career home run to lead the visiting Eagles to a win. Grant Burleson earned the win on the bump with a complete game, striking out 16 in the win.

Softball

Cornersville 9, Culleoka 3: Despite taking a lead on an Alex Skinner two-run homer in the third inning, Culleoka couldn’t hang on, as the Lady Dawgs answered with a three-run homer of their own in the bottom half. Cornersville scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings before putting up a four-spot in the sixth to put the game away. Culleoka added a run in the seventh on a Skinner double. Kylie Thomas gave up five earned runs on 10 hits and took the loss in the circle.

Boys Soccer

Columbia Central 8, Rossview 1: Hat tricks from Victor Ramierez and Brewer Wall helped Columbia Central to get back in the win column following a tough stretch of games. The Lions also got goals from Randy Gray and John Dunn. Mason Hollingsworth’s corner kick set up Dunn and he assisted Wall on the Lions’ final goal. Kameron Smith and Ramierez each notched assists in the game.