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Roundup: Baseball, softball recaps


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.


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.

Zion Christian’s season ends with district tourney play-in

By Maurice Patton

Returning from a pandemic-based hiatus without its coach, Zion Christian’s boys basketball team fell victim to a second-quarter surge Monday as its season came to an end.

Middle Tennessee Christian advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Division II-A District 3 Tournament with a 62-30 play-in road victory.

“You could tell we hadn’t played in two weeks,” said A.J. Long, standing in for Eagles coach Derek Boyd – still sidelined from COVID. “Half our team practiced Friday; we had nine Saturday, and everybody else came out of quarantine today except one.

“Saturday, just getting up and down (the floor) – we were rusty.”

Zion (3-12), which had lost its fourth straight game on Jan. 25 before going into a COVID pause, trailed 15-12 to end the opening period Monday and scored to start the second quarter. But after a Max Brown basket made it a 20-16 game just inside the six-minute mark, Middle Tennessee Christian outscored the hosts 19-2 to go ahead 36-18 at the half.

“They were aggressive, and we didn’t defend in the halfcourt very well in man (-to-man),” MTCS coach Jason Piercey said. “They scored 18 points in the three quarters we played zone.”

Long said the Eagles’ struggles were partially because of the layoff – and partially because the Cougars are better than their 1-21 record would indicate.

“Our outside shooting hurt us,” he said. “We did a good job getting to the rim in the first quarter, but once we got tired, we started settling for shots we’re not comfortable with, turning (the ball) over. Once they packed it in and went to that 3-2 zone, we didn’t make the shots.

“They’ve got the ability to get out and run. We talked about playing at our pace, but we couldn’t hit outside shots.”

Middle Tennessee Christian was likely to earn the No. 5 tournament seed before having to forfeit all of its victories last week when one of its players was ruled ineligible. The Cougars did beat Grace Christian to end the regular season, but officially finished ninth.

With the win, MTCS will travel Wednesday to regular-season district champion Christ Presbyterian Academy.

“We played them pretty well at our place,” Piercey said. “They’re a complete team. It’s going to be a challenge. We’ve got to shorten the game.

“A good team, well-coached, at their place – it’s no walk in the park, for sure.”

Devin Hill came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points and lead MTCS, with Andrew Adams adding 14 points and Brock Culpepper and Ross Prosser 11 each. Brown scored eight points to lead Zion Christian offensively.

Middle Tenn. Chr. boys 62, Zion Chr. 30

M 15 21 13 13 – 62
Z 12 6 9 3 – 30

Middle Tenn. Chr. (62) – Colton Phillips 1, Max Oxley 1, Brock Culpepper 11, Andrew Adams 14, Devin Hill 17, Ross Prosser 11, Trent McGowan 3, Aleric Watson 4
Zion Chr. (30) – Max Brown 8, Jackson Hughes 3, Jaron Keyser 5, Hayden Headley 1, Wesley Riggins 2, Ethan Yates 7, Connor Matheny 4
3-pointers – Middle Tenn. Chr. 5 (Culpepper, Adams, Prosser 3), Zion Chr. 1 (Hughes)

Photos by Vanessa Beach / SM-Tn Sports

Tuesday on the hardwood

Mt. Pleasant boys 51, Zion Chr. 45

ZC 15 11 9 11 — 46
MP 9 16 18 8 – 51

Zion Chr. (46) – Max Brown 4, Jackson Hughes 5, Matthew Terry 2, Jaron Keyser 2, Hayden Headley 5, Wesley Riggins 12, Ethan Yates 9, Connor Matheny 7

Mt. Pleasant (51) – Keevan Cooper 4, Kentra Frierson 19, Tip Marlow 4, Chris Andrews 4, Demarkus Brown 9, Gavin Alderson 6, Bennett Hughes 4, Hardin Hughes 1

3-pointers – Zion Chr. 3 (Hughes, Headley, Riggins), Mt. Pleasant 3 (Frierson 3)

Mt. Pleasant girls 64, Zion Chr. 18

ZC 9 6 2 1 — 18
MP 17 18 21 8 — 64

Zion Chr. (18) – Emily Mesko 4, Halle Adcox 10, Stratton Wiesman 2, Deanna Trousdale 2

Mt. Pleasant (64) – Kielee Bradley 8, Baleigh Gray 7, Emily Crossman 14, Kenzie Gray 4, Addison Workman 10, Ayanna Jones 3, Kiyanna Armstrong 9, Mariy Rogers 5, Maggie Simpson 4

3-pointers – Zion Chr. 0, Mt. Pleasant 1 (B. Gray)

Middle Tenn. Chr. girls 63, Columbia Acad. 39

MT 19 14 18 12 – 63
CA 13 10 10 6 — 39

Middle Tenn. Chr. (63) – Reagan Atkinson 5, Ellie Shirley 3, Sydney Cooper 18, Riley Smith 2, Bel’Aria Cannon 23, Lindsey Wisniowski 3, Sarah Wisniowski 9

Columbia Acad. (39) – Isabelle Dees 2, Averi Slaughter 6, Madi Lewis 21, Ally Ballard 1, Abbigail Adkins 3, Karli Quillin 6

3-pointers – Middle Tenn. Chr. 7 (Atkinson, Shirley, Cooper, Cannon 2, L. Wisniowski, S. Wisniowski), Columbia Acad. 5 (Slaughter 2, Lewis 2, Ballard)

Columbia Academy twinbill postponed; MTCS quarantined

By Maurice Patton

Columbia Academy’s Division II-A District 3 basketball doubleheader against visiting Middle Tennessee Christian has been postponed for pandemic-related reasons.

The game, originally set for Tuesday night, has yet to be rescheduled, according to CA athletics director Pernell Knox.

Middle Tennessee Christian’s girls team has been quarantined after being advised that a member of the Community team has tested positive for COVID-19. MTCS defeated Community 53-36 Monday in Unionville, with the unidentified Viqueen participating in that contest.

“We just felt it would be best to reschedule both the boys and girls games,” Knox said. “It’s early enough in the year that we can reschedule and play them both on a later date.”

With the postponement, Columbia Academy’s next scheduled games are Monday against visiting Athens (Ala.) Bible School in the first of four doubleheaders next week. CA is also set to play Dec. 1 at Fayetteville, with district twinbills following Dec. 3 against Providence Christian and Dec. 4 at Webb-Bell Buckle.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs have each won their first two games, against Riverside Christian and Jackson County.