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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.

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.

Summit’s Masters among ‘Dream Team’ honorees

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Summit’s Jackson Masters was honored by the Middle Tennessee Wrestling Officials Association this week with selection to its annual Dream Team.

Masters, a 120-pound junior who placed third at this year’s Class AAA state tournament, was joined on the squad by fellow Region 7-AAA and Williamson County competitors Alex Ables from Centennial at 152 and Mitchell Lambert from Page at 220.

Fairview coach Bubba Derrick was recognized by the MTWOA as the recipient of the Ralph Brewer Award, presented to its coach of the year.

The list of honorees in its entirety follows:

Girls Dream Team

103 — Ella-Lina Gonzalez, Clarksville, So.; 112 – Amanda Thompson, Cheatham Co., Fr.; 119 – Roseanna Vaughn, Northwest, Jr.; 125 – Monteria Bigsby, Riverdale, Sr.; 132 – Rontasia Payne, Dickson Co., Sr.; 140 – Bryce White, Cane Ridge, Jr.; 150 – Katy Champion, Tullahoma, Sr.; 160 – Brielle Bissonette, Clarksville, Sr.; 170 – Lily Chantler, Northwest, So.; 190 – Ariyanna Anderson, Creek Wood, Jr.; 215 – Valerie Smith, McGavock, Jr.

Boys Dream Team

106 – Joe Calvin, Father Ryan, Fr.; 113 – Justin Bradford, Blackman, Jr.; 120 – Jackson Master, Summit, Jr.; 126 – Trey Bates, Beech, Sr.; 132 – Sammy Shires, Rossview, Jr.; 138 – Mac Russ, Montgomery Bell Acad., So.; 145 – Cole Fort, Wilson Central, Sr.; 152 – Alex Ables, Centennial, Sr.; 160 – Justin Brown, Blackman, So.; 170 – Mason Smith, Beech, Sr.; 182 – Zachary Duessler, Rossview, Jr.; 195 – Donovan Rich, Beech, Sr.; 220 – Gabe Fisher, Montgomery Bell Acad., So.; Mitchell Lambert, Page, Sr.; 285 – Parker Petersen, Father Ryan, Sr.

Joe Wiggins Official of the Year – David Davenport; G.P. West Senior Leadership – Thomas Wesnofske, Father Ryan; Girls Wrestler of the Year – Shelby Zacharias, Creek Wood; Girls Coach of the Year – Chris Bedell, Northwest; Johnny Drennan Boys Wrestler of the Year – Hunter Borders, Wilson Central; Ralph Brewer Boys Coach of the Year – Bubba Derrick, Fairview

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.

Eagles’ eventful season ends with tournament loss at Page

By Joe Williams 
Williamson Herald

FRANKLIN – Page boys basketball coach Aaron Howard learned three lessons in Monday night’s hard-fought 58-55 win over visiting Independence to open the District 11-AAA Tournament.

“One, you’ve got to play four quarters. Two, other teams play as hard as you do. And three, we found a way to win,” he said. 

None was more important than the third, as the fourth-seeded Patriots watched a 15-point lead fizzle away in the final 10 minutes, making what appeared an easy advancement to the semifinals — and a spot in the Region 6-AAA tourney next week — a nail-biter.

“I have a lot of respect for that Independence team, as hard as they play,” Howard said. “They could have wilted at any time when we had them on the ropes, but they just kept throwing haymakers.”

And the smallest kid on the floor threw the biggest punches.

Eagles guard Jett Montgomery poured in 23 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. Just a freshman, Montgomery nailed 9-of-11 shots he took in the final 16 minutes, including 4-of-5 3-pointers.

“I can’t wait to see what the future holds for that kid,” said Howard. “If you could make fantasy trades in high school, I’d be trying to make that trade. But they ain’t trading him.”

On the other side of the coin, Howard isn’t interested in trading any of his guys, either. Thomas Seaman led Page with 18 points, showing soft hands around the paint for most of the night before ramming home a thundering two-handed dunk with three minutes left in the third to lift the Patriots lead to 15. He was hit with a technical foul after officials ruled he kept his grasp on the rim a little too long, though.

The extra free throws ignited Indy, which went on a 21-8 run over the ensuing eight minutes, cutting the lead to 52-50. The teams swapped field goals before Grant Snider sealed the deal for the Patriots with a free throw with just 0.7 seconds left.

Seaman got support from Andres Casella (12 points) and Jaime Hernandez (10 points) in the win.

The loss ended the season for the fifth-seeded Eagles despite the efforts of Montgomery, River Katina and Tyus Anderson.

“I thought the kids played great, just gave it all they had,” said Independence interim coach Jeff Parker as he hugged every player on the way out of the locker room. “I told them just to give it everything they had. They did, and it gave us an opportunity to win the end of the game.

“We’ve got a lot of guys coming back. Those guys got a taste of what it means to play in a meaningful game and the ones coming back are looking forward to it.”

The Patriots will travel Tuesday to face top-seeded Franklin after the Admirals bested Dickson County 78-28 Monday night. That game started at Franklin but was moved to Independence after a gas leak was suspected at the Hillsboro Road school. 

It is the first time since 2014 that Page has advanced past the first round of the district tournament.

Page boys 58, Independence 55 

I 8 15 16 16 – 55
P 19 14 13 12 – 58

Independence (55) – Jett Montgomery 30, Tyus Anderson 7, River Katina 7, Cameron Bell 4, Owen Ries 3, Justin Miles 2, Sam Womack 2

Page (58) – Thomas Seaman 18, Andres Casella 12, Jaime Hernandez 10, Ryan Lange 8, Grant Snider 6, Joey Cuculla 4

3-pointers – Independence 5 (Montgomery 5), Page 3 (Casella 2, Lange)

Postseason plans paused for District 8-AAA, District 11-AAA

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Basketball tournament schedules for District 11-AAA and District 8-AAA have been set and reset, respectively, in consideration of the current and upcoming weather conditions.

In District 11-AAA, brackets were established at Wednesday’s seeding meeting after the majority of teams in the nine-team league were unable to complete their pandemic-interrupted schedules because of this week’s snow and ice.

“The agreement we came up with at the beginning of the season was that, if we couldn’t get all our games in, we’d (seed) on win percentage rather than total wins,” Ravenwood boys coach Patrick Whitlock said. “At that time, it was because of COVID, but now it’s because of weather.”

Page, which earned home games for both the boys and girls quarterfinals, was the only program to get in 16 district games. Franklin, ranked fourth in the Associated Press Class AAA statewide poll, was the clearcut No. 1 seed on the boys side, while fifth-ranked Brentwood is the girls top seed – just ahead of the Lady Patriots by virtue of the Lady Bruins’ one less loss.

The tournament will open Sunday with 3 p.m. play-in games – Spring Hill boys at Dickson County, Independence girls at Centennial – followed by boys and girls quarterfinals on Monday, semifinals on Tuesday and championships and consolations on Wednesday. All games will be played at higher seeds.

“That was really the only time you could do it,” Whitlock said. “We’re thinking Saturday is going to be the first day we could get back to practice. No one really wanted to play with no practice.”

Sunday

Boys play-in, Spring Hill (9) at Dickson Co. (8), 3 p.m.
Girls play-in, Independence (9) at Centennial (8), 3 p.m.

Monday

Girls quarterfinal, Independence/Centennial winner at Brentwood (1), 5:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Dickson Co. (7) at Page (2), 5:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Ravenwood (5) at Summit (4), 7 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Franklin (6) at Spring Hill (3), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Spring Hill/Dickson Co. winner at Franklin (1), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Centennial (6) at Ravenwood (3), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Independence (5) at Page (4), 7:30 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Summit (7) at Brentwood (2), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Girls semifinals at higher seeds
Boys semifinals at higher seeds
*5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) tips if higher seed hosts both; 7 p.m. tip for single game

Wednesday

Girls championship at higher seed
Girls consolation at higher seed
Boys championship at higher seed
Boys consolation at higher seed
*5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) tips if higher seed hosts both; 7 p.m. tip for single game

● District 8-AAA, which held its play-in games on Feb. 13, intends to resume tourney action Friday with boys and girls quarterfinals at higher seeds. Saturday and Sunday are set as alternate dates if the games cannot be played Friday, with semifinals scheduled for Monday and championship and consolation games Tuesday.

Friday

Girls quarterfinal, Shelbyville (6) at Lawrence Co. (3)
Girls quarterfinal, Lincoln Co. (5) at Columbia Central (4)
Boys quarterfinal, Shelbyville (7) at Lincoln Co. (3)
Boys quarterfinal, Lawrence Co. (5) at Tullahoma (4)
*game times to be determined; makeup dates Saturday or Sunday if needed

Monday

Girls semifinal, Shelbyville/Lawrence Co. winner at Tullahoma (2)
Girls semifinal, Lincoln Co./Columbia Central winner at Coffee Co. (1)
Boys semifinal, Shelbyville/Lincoln Co. winner at Coffee Co. (2)
Boys semifinal, Lawrence Co./Tullahoma winner at Columbia Central (1)
*game times to be determined

Tuesday

Girls championship at higher seed
Girls consolation at higher seed
Boys championship at higher seed
Boys consolation at higher seed
*game times to be determined; makeup date Wednesday if needed