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Fours wild for Wildcats in win over Lions

By Chris Yow

COLUMBIA — Lawrence County scored four runs in each of the first, second and seventh innings to earn a 12-2 win at Columbia Central on Tuesday.

Scheduled for an early 3:30 p.m. first pitch, the game beat the incoming wet weather, but the Wildcats dampened Columbia’s mood almost immediately after stepping onto the field.

Colton Moore got off to a hot start with a double in the first to bring home Luke Mattox. Luke Nichols and Avery Tidwell each had RBI singles as well in the early going.

The second inning must have felt like deja vu all over again for Columbia Central pitcher Drew Sharp.

Moore doubled again for another RBI in the second. He would finish the day 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Nichols and Tidwell added RBI singles as well in the inning.

“To be able to get on them early right there, we were able to ride that momentum for a while,” Lawrence County coach Brad White said. “We didn’t really capitalize after that, but it was enough.”

Sam Pate came on in relief of Sharp, who surrendered just four earned runs of the eight that crossed the plate in the first two innings. Pate did shut down the Wildcats for much of the contest after coming in to start the third inning.

Pate pitched three shutout innings before another big inning from Lawrence County put the game away.

For the Wildcats, Zackery Graves was phenomenal on the bump. He went six innings and scattered eight hits, giving up just two earned runs and striking out seven Lions hitters.

“He was really kind of laboring at the end, but we didn’t help him much either,” White said. “We kicked the ball around some, but he held his composure well and he kept doing his job.”

White’s bunch committed two errors in the game, while Columbia had four. White said some of that could be due to moving guys around in the field and in the lineup.

“I didn’t realize how important scrimmages were, but until you put everybody together and see how it meshes, it’s tough,” he said. “I’ll play a different lineup tomorrow.

“We’re basically doing our preseason during the season and hoping it doesn’t come back to bite us.”

Lincoln English led Columbia at the dish, going 2-for-3 and scoring both of the Lions’ runs.

Roundup: Baseball, softball, soccer action

Softball

Spring Hill 4, Page 2: Kat Carter continued her dominance in the circle for Spring Hill, going eight innings and striking out 14 Patriot hitters en route to the Lady Raiders’ first District 11-AAA win of the year. She also did damage at the dish with a two sacrifice bunts that brought home a pair of runs for her team. D’Naijah Wade added a pair of hits and scored twice in the win, while Bella Umstead tallied an RBI as well.

Culleoka 8, Santa Fe 2: Culleoka plated four runs in the first inning and cruised to a District 10-A win over cross-county rival Santa Fe on Tuesday. Kylie Thomas led the Lady Warriors at the plate with a 3-for-3 night that included a pair of runs scored and two RBIs. Briley Boles and Katelyn Beckenbach also drove in two runs each in the win. Thomas also got the win in the circle, giving up two unearned runs on eight hits and striking out seven.

Zion Chr. 18, Christ Presbyterian Acad. 3: Zion Christian scored 13 runs in the fourth inning to earn a big win in Division II-A District 3 play. Halle Adcox, Kendall Daranovich, Emily Mesko, Claire Boyd and Deanna Trousdale each had two RBIs in the game. Five other Lady Eagles drove in runs as well. Ashleia Coble was dominant in the circle for Zion, going the distance. She gave up three runs, none earned, on just three hits and struck out nine of the 12 hitters she retired in the contest.

Baseball

Culleoka 15, Mt. Pleasant 12: Behind an eight-run fourth inning, Culleoka outslugged Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday to get a big District 10-A win over the Tigers. Lucas Wagoner was 3-for-5 on the night and drove in three runs to lead the Warriors. Peyton Adams, Carson Lovell and Clayton St. Clair each added a pair of RBIs as well. Hayden Holt led Mt. Pleasant with three RBIs on a pair of hits, while Ben Newland had three RBIs with a bases-clearing triple in the third.

Loretto 12, Collinwood 1: Josh Porter drove in four runs to lead Loretto to a District 12-A win on Tuesday, and Clint Seymore and Carter Daniel added three more RBIs each for the Mustangs. Garrett Fisher, Caleb Davis and Keyden Tidwell combined for a 1-hitter and 10 strikeouts in the game.

Brentwood 9, Summit 8 (8 inn.): Brentwood broke open a 6-6 tie in extra innings with a three-run eighth inning, and Summit’s comeback attempt in the bottom of the eighth fell a run short. Austin Kincaid went 2-for-4 in the game with a couple of RBIs, but struck out to end the game. Jason Ham got the nod on the hill, and went one out into the sixth for the Spartans. He gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits in the game.

Soccer

Brentwood 5, Independence 0: Ollie Joyner led the Bruins with a hat trick, while Brentwood also got goals from Cline Simmons and Aidan Parker. Logan Stegall posted his third shutout in goal.

Spring Hill 3, Lawrence County 0 : Spring Hill got goals from Jorge Cortez, Dakota Jackson and Launier Perez, while Ryan Mitovich put up a clean sheet in goal for the Raiders.

The Rundown: March 30, 2021

Monday Results

Baseball
Moore County 9, Fayetteville 8
Mt. Pleasant 11, Culleoka 4
Santa Fe 14, Hampshire 1
Summit 13, Brentwood 2
Centennial 6, Independence 5
Dickson County 2, Franklin 0
Ravenwood 9, Spring Hill 3
Fairview 2, Camden 1
Giles County 4, Forrest 1
Loretto 15, Collinwood 0
Nolensville 8, Marshall County 0
Murfreesboro Central 5, Community 2
Summertown 6, Perry County 1
CPA 7, Columbia Acad. 4
Franklin Road 12, Zion Chr. 0
MTCS 6, GCA 1

Softball
Forrest 12, Stewart’s Creek 2
Lincoln County 4, Columbia Central 1
Coffee County 14, Franklin County 0
Lawrence County 1, Spring Hill 0
Shelbyville 5, Tullahoma 0
Columbia Acad. 4, Smiths Station 2
Columbia Acad. 9, Russellville 0
Community 7, CPA 3
Zion Chr. 21, GCA 5

Tuesday Schedule
Baseball

Franklin Co. at Tullahoma*, 3:30 p.m.
Tullahoma at Franklin Co.*, 7 p.m.

Christ Presbyterian Acad. at Columbia Acad.*, 3:30 p.m.
Lawrence Co. at Columbia Central*, 3:30 p.m.
Brentwood at Summit*, 4:30 p.m.
Franklin Road Acad. at Zion Chr.*, 4:30 p.m.
Hampshire at Santa Fe*, 5 p.m.
Perry Co. at Summertown*, 5 p.m.
Cornersville at Richland, 5:30 p.m.
Culleoka at Mt. Pleasant*, 6 p.m.
Loretto at Collinwood*, 6 p.m.
Centennial at Independence*, 6:30 p.m.
Ravenwood at Spring Hill*, 6:30 p.m.

Softball

Perry Co. at Loretto*, 4:30 p.m.
Centennial at Summit*, 5 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Acad. at Zion Chr.*, 5 p.m.
Culleoka at Santa Fe*, 5 p.m.
Franklin at Independence*, 5 p.m.
Summertown at Hardin Co., 5 p.m.
Page at Spring Hill, 5:30 p.m.
Shelbyville at Columbia Central*, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Academy at Gulf Coast Classic, Gulf Shores (Ala.)

Boys soccer
Spring Hill at Lawrence Co.*, 5:30 p.m.
Ezell-Harding at Zion Chr., 6 p.m.
Hickman Co. at Richland, 6 p.m.
Brentwood at Independence*, 7 p.m.
Nolensville at Summit, 7 p.m.

Bulldogs fall to CPA on road

By Chris Yow

NASHVILLE — Each time Columbia Academy found success on offense Monday night, Christ Presbyterian Academy had an answer.

Cade Reynolds provided the hosts’ biggest — and most decisive — response when he launched a two-strike pitch over the right-center wall and lifted his team to a 7-4 win over the Bulldogs in Division II-A District 3 play.

Reynolds’ three-run home run in the fifth inning rallied the Lions from a 4-2 deficit.

“The pitch was a low and away changeup, and he went (opposite field) with it,” Columbia Academy coach Richie Estep said. “Sometimes you just have to tip your cap; that guy can hit.”

University of Tennessee signee Kavares Tears took the loss, giving up five runs on just two hits but walking seven Lions. He also struck out eight hitters in the game.

Both hits surrendered by the lefthander were home runs.

“I was still trying to find the zone in the third, fourth and fifth innings,” Tears said. “Sometimes as the game goes on, you’ll get the corners, but it really felt like if it wasn’t right down the middle, I wasn’t getting it.”

Following his team’s first loss of the season, Estep echoed his senior leader’s comments.

“CPA is a really good hitting team. They already make you throw another pitch by fouling off pitches. They’re probably the best team in the state at that,” Estep said. “So when you’re hitting your spots and not getting the call and you have to throw another pitch, it takes the fight out of you.”

The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) struck out looking seven times in the game, something Estep’s team is not known for doing, and prompted several comments from the Columbia Academy dugout.

“That pitch they were getting is unhittable,” he said. “When nobody is swinging at that pitch, it’s not a strike. If both sides were getting called and rung up, that’s fine.

“I just felt like the kids didn’t decide the game tonight.”

The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the third when Tanner Ham got a two-out single and Landon Prentice walked. Tears was hit by a 1-1 pitch following a trip to the mound by CPA catcher Cade Law. Max Ballard promptly doubled to score Ham and Prentice.

Columbia Academy’s Kavares Tears is hit by a pitch. (Media by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports)

CPA (6-3-1, 3-0) tied the game on a J.J. Williams homer in the fourth before Columbia Academy regained the lead in the fifth with another two-out rally.

Damon Toombs singled home Prentice and Tears with a ground ball through the right side of the infield on a full count. A pair of walks loaded the bases for the Bulldogs, but the guests couldn’t cash them in.

CPA added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth to seal the Division II-A District 3 win.

“CPA got us, and they’re very good. We feel like we outplayed them tonight, it just didn’t say it on the scoreboard,” Estep said.

The two teams are set to meet at Columbia Academy on Tuesday with the varsity game tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., but could be moved to earlier in the day as weather dictates, Estep said.

Roundup: Baseball, softball results

Softball

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.

Baseball

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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‘Cats strike for 12 hits, Martin strikes out nine in 10-A victory

By Maurice Patton

HAMPSHIRE – Staked to a two-run lead, Josh Martin had all the support he needed before he even threw a pitch Monday.

The Santa Fe senior didn’t give back the dozen extra runs his offense provided him, though, in a 14-1, five-inning District 10-A victory at Hampshire.

“Going in, Coach (Rip Baxter) told us to be the aggressor – not to wait till they threw the first punch, for us to throw the first punch,” Martin said. “We wanted to get the bats going and give me a cushion.

“We swung the bats, one through nine.”

The Wildcats (4-1-1, 1-0 10-A) clawed Hampshire’s Blake Morrow and Errette Delk for 12 hits, with senior third baseman Peyton Wilhelm’s 3-for-4, four-RBI effort leading the way offensively. Martin and classmate Logan Wilkins each added a pair of hits, driving in two runs apiece with three doubles between them, and junior Ryan Seltz went 2-for-3 with two runs scored out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order.

“Our goal is to score one (run) an inning, but we hope to play for the big inning,” Baxter said after the visitors added five runs in the second – keyed by a Colton Steward two-run base hit – and six in the third as Martin drove in a couple.

“We had a couple of big innings in the second and third, scored a few there. That’s probably the best game we’ve had hitting.”

Martin, meanwhile, kept the Hawks (1-5, 0-1) in check offensively – striking out nine and allowing just two hits. Hampshire cut into the deficit in the bottom of the first, as Delk reached on an error and scored on one, but the hosts didn’t pick up their first hit until Delk’s two-out triple in the fourth. Jesse Caddy singled with one out in the fifth, but Santa Fe followed with a game-ending double play.

“Josh has pitched here since he was a freshman,” Baxter said. “That’s probably the best game he’s had.”

Though Hampshire coach Blake Rochelle was concerned with his team’s performance at the plate, he was more bothered by the Hawks’ five errors.

“We put the ball in play,” he said. “We quit hitting. We were looking for the perfect pitch and got too picky, but it’s still early. Our hitting will come along.

“Errors are what hurt us. But we live to fight another day. We’ll wash this one out and get ready for (Tuesday).”

The two teams are scheduled to play Tuesday at Santa Fe.

Santa Fe 14, Hampshire 1 (5 inn.)

S 256 01 – 14 12 2
H 100 00 – 1 2 5

Josh Martin and Colton Steward. Blake Morrow, Errette Delk (3) and Jed Page. W: Martin. L: Morrow.

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports