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Freshman lifts Lady Raiders in 11-AAA tournament

By Chris Yow

BRENTWOOD — Describing the 2021 Spring Hill softball team in a word, Brentwood coach Erica Powell used the term “fighters.”

After falling behind by a pair of runs early Monday, the Lady Raiders put up 14 unanswered to earn a 14-2 win in the first round of the District 11-AAA tournament.

If Spring Hill (11-13) coach Angelina Martinez were choosing her fighter in a game of Mortal Kombat, she would choose freshman Gracie Boehms.

“She’s the scrappiest one I’ve got,” Martinez said. “If I had a top three scrappiest, she’d be at least in that top three.”

Boehms would be a good choice. The freshman, who came into the game hitting .107 for the season, drove in four runs — including a double to tie the game in the fourth and a two-run home run in the fifth — to lead her team to a win. Those two hits were her first and second extra-base hits of the year.

As she rounded third base, Boehms’ smile was ear-to-ear before she jumped on home plate and was mauled by teammates in celebration. What was going through her head at that moment?

“I don’t even remember,” she said. “My adrenaline was so high, I was pumped.”

Following several years of early exits in the district tournament, Spring Hill has made massive strides under its first-year coach. While having what Powell calls the “best pitcher in our league” in Kat Carter certainly doesn’t hurt, it’s what the Lady Raiders bats have done recently that have made the difference.

In four of their last seven games, Spring Hill has put up at least seven runs. The 2020 team put up just 10 total runs in five games last season, and didn’t score seven total runs in their final seven games of 2019 — including five shutouts.

“Accountability is the key,” Martinez said. “If they strike out looking, they have to run, and these girls hate running.

“I had to make a decision on whether I was going to be the tough coach or if I was going to be a soft place for them, and I think I chose correctly. These girls love to be challenged.”

Carter was once again stellar as well for the guests. She went the full six and gave up two runs on six hits and struck out 10.

As the Lady Raiders came into the dugout trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, Martinez told them to keep their composure and reminded them they have been in that situation before. That speech worked to perfection. Spring Hill put up five in the fourth and added another five in the fifth to take a commanding lead for Carter in the circle.

The speech, much like the attitude and dugout spirit, then changed to taking care of the lead and not celebrating too early.

“They never give up. No matter what, they are always alive and cheering,” Powell said. “That spirit can help teams win games they shouldn’t or beat teams by a lot when they get momentum.”

The Lady Raiders advance to take on Summit, a team they are winless against on the season, in the second round on Tuesday at Fly Park. The game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Brentwood will travel to Centennial where they await the winner of Centennial and Ravenwood in the losers bracket.

Zion softball a win from advancing

By Chris Yow

COLUMBIA — With the game tied, Zion Christian singer Halle Adcox ripped a line drive to left and cleared the bases in the fourth inning to lift her team to a 6-4 win over Davidson Academy on Thursday. The game was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning, and umpires deemed the field unplayable following a lightning delay.

Due to TSSAA rules, the Lady Eagles were declared the winner, as the game was official.

“You hate it for their kids to end their season that way,” Zion Chr. coach Russ Adcox said. “I thought we had the momentum though. We were hitting the ball well and had our three and four hole hitters up.

“(Pitcher) Ashleia (Coble) had just gotten a huge strikeout, too.”

Davidson Acad. scored a pair of runs in the fifth, but Coble was able to get out of the inning with that strikeout. Her excitement as she came off the field was met by her dad, Eric’s, excitement who chest-bumped her to the ground.

“I told him not to hurt my pitcher,” Adcox said, laughing.

Zion got on the board early with a run in the first, but Davidson took a 2-1 lead in the third. Rebecca Hazard, who finished the game 3-for-3 singled in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.

Once again, though, the fourth inning was the key for the Lady Eagles. On Wednesday, Zion Christian plated eight runs in the fourth, and yesterday saw four runs cross, including three on the Adcox double. Hazard tripled home a run as well in the inning,

With the win, Zion Christian advances and is just one win away from a trip to the state tournament. The Lady Eagles travel to District 4 No. 1-seed Goodpasture at 3 p.m. with the trip on the line.

“We know that everybody we play is good from here on out, and if we get our bats going we will be a tough out as well,” Adcox said. “This is as far as we’ve ever been in the postseason, so we just want our girls to enjoy this experience.”

Lady Dawgs’ late surge extends win streak to 21, secures title game berth

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA – After rallying for four runs in the sixth inning to take control of Thursday’s Division II-A Middle Region winners bracket final softball matchup, Columbia Academy had to wait more than an hour to finish off its 5-3 victory over visiting Middle Tennessee Christian.

Before the seventh inning could get started, inclement weather that had been called for all day finally arrived, forcing a delay that concerned CA coach Seth Anderson.

“The momentum hit us right at the right time,” Anderson said of the offensive outbreak. “You could feel the energy change. I was really hoping the rain would hold off.”

Coming out of the 90-minute stoppage, Lady Bulldogs starter Averi Slaughter retired MTCS in order, getting a called strikeout to complete the comeback win.

“I think that storm hit us at the worst time possible,” Middle Tennessee Christian coach Julie Smith said. “I was feeling good until then. That strong wind, trees blowing sideways – I think that’s when they lost focus. It’s hard to be on defense in that situation.”

As the skies began to darken, the hosts began to refine their approach at the plate against MTCS starter Kyia Quigle.

Karley Harakas is mobbed at the plate by her Columbia Academy teammates following her game-tying two-run home run in the sixth inning of Thursday’s 5-3 Division II-A Middle Region tournament victory over Middle Tennessee Christian. (Photo by Maurice Patton / SM-Tn Sports)

“This being our third time to play them, we knew they were a good team,” Anderson said. “From 1 to 9 (in the batting order), they’re solid. The pitcher is good. She keeps you off balance with the changeup. We knew we’d have our work cut out for us.

“We were out in front, popping up. It took us being disciplined in the sixth. Karley’s been swinging the bat well. She looked for something fast and put a good swing on it; same thing with Tori. You try to eliminate one pitch, find something and sit on it.”

Columbia Academy (35-2) cut into a 3-0 deficit with Tori Duval’s two-out RBI double that scored Kennedy Chatman from first base in the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to do further damage as, after Myleah Hardy was intentionally walked (the third of her four for the day), Journey Mitchell popped out to shortstop – one of CA’s 13 flyball outs for the game.

“I think we wanted to hit so badly that we swung at pitches that weren’t in our normal zone, like the changeups,” Duval said. “We didn’t expect her to throw it as much as she did.”

By the sixth, the hosts had their revamped game plan. A Chloe Carter leadoff walk set up a game-tying homer by Karley Harakas. Laney Turner followed with a base hit, and after Abbigail Adkins bunted courtesy runner Carolina Johnson up, Karli Quillin reached on a second bunt.

An out later, Duval unloaded with a triple, capping the four-run rally before the rain started.

Duval went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, with Quillin adding a double and her bunt single to pace the hosts offensively. Slaughter struck out eight and walked four while giving up seven hits in the win.

“A lot of that was respect for their lineup,” Anderson said, addressing the walks. “Their leadoff hitter (Macy Smith), their No. 3 hitter (Rose Davis), they’re both really tough. You’ve got to choose where you attack.

“After that delay, Averi did a great job. She pounded the strike zone.”

The win, following a 4-3 victory on March 23 in Murfreesboro and an 8-1 decision at home on April 6, extended the Lady Bulldogs’ streak to 21. Middle Tennessee Christian (15-6-1), which advanced to the winners bracket finals by scoring seven runs in its final at-bat for a 9-7 victory Wednesday over Goodpasture, drops into the region tourney losers bracket finals on Monday, with CA set to play the winner on Tuesday.

Columbia Acad. 5, Middle Tenn. Chr. 3

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Kyia Quigle and Mandie Barrow. Averi Slaughter and Laney Turner. W: Slaughter. L: Quigle. HR: Columbia Acad. – Karley Harakas.

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.

Weekend on the diamonds, pitch

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Spring Hill 6, Brentwood 0: Jackson Marbet and Quent Mizer hit home runs for Spring Hill on Sunday when the Raiders downed Brentwood. Marbet had a two-run blast, while Mizer’s was a three-run shot. Dawson Hargrove was solid on the bump, going six innings and striking out 13 in the game. Brantly Whitwell worked a perfect seventh as well with a pair of strikeouts.

Lawrence Co. 10, Summertown 7: A seven-run first inning propelled Lawrence County to a full season sweep of their county rivals with the final win coming over Summertown on Saturday. All seven of the Wildcats’ runs came with two outs. Zack Graves doubled, Grant James, Camden Bosheers, Bryson Mcfall and Ayden Luffman each singled in the inning. Three walks and a hit-by-pitch also contributed to the scoring. Summertown scored three in the second and a pair in the fifth to cut into the lead, but Lawrence County answered with a pair of its own. Colton Moore was 2-for-3 for the ‘Cats and drove in three runs. McFall added a pair of RBIs as well. Grant Burleson was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for Summertown. Gavin Burleson drove in three runs for the Eagles.

Page 11, Columbia Central 4: Eston Snider hit a homer in the first inning to set the tone early for Page on Saturday. After Columbia Central took a run lead in the first, the Pats opened up for three in the bottom half. Central saw Konner Bowden go deep in the fifth as well. Hudson Adams gave up five runs in two innings and struck out two taking the loss.

Spring Hill 7, Shelbyville 4: Quent Mizer took a pitch to the body with the bases loaded of a tie game in the fifth inning to bring in the eventual winning run for Spring Hill on Friday. Brantley Whitwell was 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI. Brandon O’Brien added a pair of RBIs as well on a hit. Conner Gaia and Cole Taylor helped the Raiders to the win on the bump.

Page 7, Summit 3: Page busted out for five first inning runs against Summit to down the Spartans on Friday. Brady Hendrix took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits over three innings Devin Thrain and Auston Kincaid came on in relief, giving up just one run in three innings of work. Garrett Sims hit a two-run home run for Summit.

Div. II-A District 3

Middle Tenn. Chr. 7, 14; Zion Chr. 0, 0: Zion Christian ended the 2021 campaign with the most wins in school history (14), but were unable to extend their season past a doubleheader on Friday. The Eagles had just three hits in the two games with Luke Perko, Max Brown and Wyatt Heins each singling on the day.

Columbia Acad. 13, 6; Providence Chr. 3, 0: In Game 1, The Bulldogs got an early lift on a single from Kavares Tears. Max Ballard, Damon Toombs, Cade Crouthamel and Tyler Stephens each drove in a pair of runs. Stephens had a home run in the contest. Bryant Beranek and Stephens combined to shut down Providence from the mound. Game 2 was much of the same from the CA pitching staff, as Landon Prentice and Mason Raffauf combined for a two-hitter and struck out 15 collectively. Tanner Ham and Ballard each had a pair of hits in the game, while Stephens added two more RBIs.

Softball

Spring Hill 5, Centennial 4 (11 inn.): Spring Hill’s Kat Carter struck out 19 in a marathon win over Centennial on Friday. The senior gave up an early first inning run, but locked in from there on out. The Lady Raiders got multiple hits in the game from D’Naijah Wade, Bella Umstead and Carter. Umstead drove in two for Spring Hill. Ainsley Tuck put Spring Hill up 4-3, scoring from second when the Lady Cougars couldn’t come up with a throw at first on Gracie Boehms’s grounder to third. The throw from first to the plate was on time, but a sliding Tuck knocked the ball loose. In the confusion, Boehms motored to third, prompting a throw from the plate that went just wide, allowing the Lady Raiders to take a 5-3 lead.

Joe Williams of the Williamson Herald contributed to this report.

Div. II-A, Middle Region Tournament

Columbia Acad. 10, Donelson Chr. 0: Tori Duval drove in five runs on two hits for CA on Friday. The Bulldogs also got a perfect 3-for-3 hit day from Kennedy Chatman as well, who scored twice on Duval hits. Karley Harakas added a pair of RBIs in the game. Averi Slaughter earned the win in the circle, going four innings and striking out eight.

Friendship Chr. 10, Zion Chr. 1: A potent Friendship Christian offense took full advantage of the Lady Eagles on Friday. Freshman pitcher Ashleia Coble went six innings and gave up seven earned runs on 13 hits. She struck out six in the loss. At the plate, Rebecca Hazard was 2-for-3 to lead Zion with an RBI. Coble, Elizabeth Wood and Peyton White each had hits in the game.

Boys Soccer

Oakland 3, Columbia Central 2: Oakland scored a pair of unanswered goals, each in the final four minutes of the match, to earn a come-from-behind win on Saturday. Oakland got on the board first with a goal before Victor Ramirez scored back-to-back for Columbia Central. Ramirez’s first goal was assisted by Kameron Smith. The Lions took a 2-1 lead in the 55th on Ramierez’s second goal.

Three homers not enough for Indy softball

By Chris Yow

THOMPSONS STATION — Independence belted three home runs on Sunday, but all three were solo shots, and Dickson County was able to take a 10-4 road win in District 11-AAA play.

The Cougars sent three groundball singles through the infield in the first inning and a pair of runs crossed the plate. In the bottom half, Indy senior Morgan Brown launched a solo home run over the left field fence to cut the lead to 2-1.

Brown called the home run a bittersweet moment. Although scheduled to play a final home game against Centennial this week, weather forecasts may not allow the game to be played. If this was her final home game, hitting a home run in it was certainly special.

“I didn’t even think about it like that, but now I’m kind of sad,” she said. “It’s a bittersweet moment.”

The Eagles tied the game in the second inning with another solo home run, this one from Leah Oubre also to left field. McKinlee Webb went deep in the fifth inning as well.

The fourth inning, however, was the distancing point for the Lady Cougars. With the bases loaded and two outs, a ground ball was fielded by Webb when a Cougar runner stopped just shy of the play brushing against the shortstop and the throw was late to first.

Libbie Wilson made the Lady Eagles pay on the next at-bat with a grand slam to put her team up 8-2.

Independence scored a run in the bottom of the fourth when Mo Brown walked and found her way home.