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Roundup: Baseball and softball recaps

Baseball

Middle Tennessee Chr. 5, Columbia Acad. 1: Middle Tennessee Christian was able to rough up Kavares Tears early, and held on for a win in Division II-A District 3 play. Tanner Ham had a pair of hits and scored a run for the Bulldogs in the only bright spot offensively in the game. Landon Prentice struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs — none earned — on three hits.

Mt. Pleasant 11, Hampshire 2: The Tigers plated six runs in the fourth inning to break open a 1-0 game at Hampshire on Monday. The Tigers got a 2-run single from Gaven Whitehead, RBI singles from Ryan Clark and Codell Gilliam, as well as doubles to score a run from Hayden Holt and Kobe Dowell in the inning. For Hampshire, Jed Page took the loss on the bump, but had an RBI on 2-of-3 hitting at the plate. Blake Morrow and Kennon Anderson each had hits for the Hawks. Whitehead was afforded the win, going five innings and giving up one run on three hits, striking out eight.

Spring Hill 5, Dickson Co. 2: Dawson Hargrove tossed a ‘Maddux’ on Monday, going the distance and throwing just 86 pitches. He struck out 12 and walked none in the win. Jackson Marbet led the Raiders on offense, going 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the fifth to give his team some insurance after Brantly Whitwell scored on a passed ball during Marbet’s at-bat to take the lead.

Summit 7, Centennial 5: Summit jumped out to a big lead, scoring five runs in the second inning, but had to hang on late as the Cougars got four in the fifth and another in the sixth. Brady Hendrix came on in relief following the fifth run and struck out four, including the final out with the bases loaded for Centennial. Alex Runk led the Spartans, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Six other Summit hitters added a hit each.

Grace Chr. 14, Zion Chr. 0: Luke Gill tossed a no-hitter on Monday to down Zion Christian in league play. Gill went five innings and struck out nine in the win. Blake Barton had five RBIs for the Lions, including a grand slam in a nine-run third inning.

Softball

Summit 4, Ravenwood 2: Morgan Woodside’s third-inning triple scored a pair of runs that would prove to be the difference for the Spartan women on Monday. Claudette Runk added a single later that would score Woodside for some insurance. That three-run third was the biggest blemish in an otherwise solid outing from Raptors’ pitcher Avery Weissmar. She sat down 14 Spartans on strikes, including all but one of the Summit starting nine at least once. Lily Kate Richards got the win in the circle, going seven full and giving up two runs on seven hits and five strikeouts.

Columbia Acad. 1, Ardmore (Ala.) 0: Averi Slaughter was dominant in the circle for the Lady ‘Dawgs. She struck out eight and scattered three hits in the win. A scoreless game saw its only run in the sixth on a Myleah Hardy single to score Karli Quillin. Hardy was 2-for-3 in the game to lead the Bulldogs.

Zion Chr. 12, Culleoka 0: A fourth-inning walk was all that stood between Ashleia Coble and a perfect game Monday. She threw a no-hitter, striking out 12 in a five-inning win over the host Lady Warriors. Becca Hazard continued her hot streak, going 4-for-4, including a home run and three doubles. Coble added three RBIs on two hits as well.

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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Monday on the hardwood

Summit girls 65, Ravenwood 53

R 10 4 16 23 — 53
S 15 13 16 21 — 65

Ravenwood (53) — Lexi Erickson 16, Rachel Hillman 8, Elizabeth Flynn 4, Mary Prestegaard 1, Ava Lavigne 3, Reghan Grimes 21
Summit (65) — Myah Kratzig 5, Delaney Noe 18, Bergen Allee 9, Emma Kate Bratton 3, Claudette Runk 10, Cydney Wright 3, Ellie Colson 12, Nicole Rizane 5
3-pointers — Ravenwood 5 (Erickson 2, Hillman 2, Lavigne), Summit 6 (Alle 3, Bratton, Runk 2)

Santa Fe girls 35, Mt. Pleasant 33

MP 7 10 6 10 — 33
SF 8 3 9 15 — 35

Mt. Pleasant (33) — Kielee Bradley 3, Emily Crossman 2, Kenzie Gray 8, Addison Workman 8, Ayanna Jones 6, Maggie Simpson 4, Kiyanna Armstrong 2
Santa Fe (35) — Gracie Mills 5, Elise Adkison 3, Emmy Bates 18, Aniston Slaughter 7, Emily Hopkins 2
3-pointers — Mt. Pleasant 1 (Bradley), Santa Fe 4 (Bates 4)

Lawrence Co. girls 56, Shelbyville 38

S 8 5 13 12 — 38
L 12 11 20 13 — 56

Shelbyville (38) — Lilly Brown 4, Kelsey Hardin 9, Paige Blackburn 14, Kendall Dearing 7, Zoe Reed 4
Lawrence Co. (56) — Carson Gobble 10, Katie Criswell 14, Madison Tidwell 11, Chloe Willis 13, Janie Scott 5, Payton Morgan 3
3-pointers — Shelbyville 4 (Hardin, Blackburn 2, Dearing), Lawrence Co. 5 (Tidwell 3, Willis 2)

Tullahoma boys 63, Lawrence Co. 43

L 14 5 9 15 — 43
T 16 11 16 20 — 63

Lawrence Co. (43) — Alex Carr 1, Kade Shultz 6, Elijah Reynolds 10, Ty Cobb 4, Luke Boswell 9, Harrison Hagan 4, Mac Shultz 6, Charlie Brewer 2, Kobe Carroll 1
Tullahoma (63) — Ethan Hargrove 2, Ryan Scott 8, Krys Uselton 15, Jacob Dixon 2, Will Partin 11, Keishawn Cummings 2, Joe Duncan 12, Brody Melton 11
3-pointers — Lawrence Co. 4 (K. Shultz 2, Reynolds, M. Shultz), Tullahoma 6 (Scott 2, Uselton 2, Partin, Duncan)

Dickson Co. boys 51, Spring Hill 38

SH 6 11 12 9 — 38
DC 13 7 12 19 — 51

Spring Hill (38) — Landen Secrest 4, Jaylen Rucker 7, Quintaveous Simmons 5, Kai’Seanne Brashear 22
Dickson Co. (51) —Jamison Burum 1, Brock Holley 6, Jessie Stewart 5, Josh Cope 21, Joe Carr 9, Mason Herbert 2, Wyatt Harman 4, Dylan Beard 3
3-pointers — Spring Hill 3 (Simmons, Brashear 2), Dickson Co. 7 (Holley, Cope 4, Carr, Beard)

Mt. Pleasant boys 76, Hampshire 32

M 21 24 13 14 — 76
H 9 11 10 7 — 32

Hampshire (32) — Cameryn Bass 16, Blake Morrow 3, Errette Delk 2, Ethan Bowden 7, Jed Page 2, Peyton Morton 2
Mt. Pleasant (76) — Keevan Cooper 11, Kentra Frierson 15, Tip Marlow 8, Hayden Holt 2, Chris Andrews 18, Demarkus Brown 2, Chandler Hughes 2, Gavin Alderson 4, Bennett Hughes 5, Hardin Hughes 5, Kyler Baker 4
3-pointers — Hampshire 4 (Bass 2, Morrow, Bowden), Mt. Pleasant 6 (Frierson 4, B. Hughes, H. Hughes)

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

Summit ‘defensive head coach’ to take over Admirals’ helm

By Maurice Patton

Brian Coleman doesn’t anticipate many secrets along either sideline when Summit takes the field on Week 11.

Alex Melton, who helped the Spartans to the Class 5A state championship in December, has been named to succeed Donnie Webb as head coach at soon-to-be Region 7-6A rival Franklin.

“It’s going to be different,” said Coleman, who has worked for the past seven seasons at Summit with Melton as his defensive coordinator. “We’re used to each other. He’s been a huge part of what we’ve done.

“We’re going to miss him. I’ve always tried to prepare him and let him in on decisions. He’s ready. He’ll do a great job – just hopefully not that week.”

It will be the fourth different Williamson County assignment for Melton, who previously served as an assistant at Centennial and at Brentwood, in addition to stops at Haywood in West Tennessee and at Marshall County.

Alex Melton, who has served for the past seven seasons as defensive coordinator at Summit, was named this week as the successor to Donnie Webb as Franklin’s head coach. (Courtesy photo)

“I’m excited about the opportunity to compete in one of the best regions in the state because of the level of coaches and players and the excitement in these communities,” said Melton, a Lexington, Tenn., native and a Union University graduate. “I’m excited about coaching here since I live in Franklin. It will be a chance to coach and teach where my family lives.”

In Webb’s last season at the helm, the Admirals finished 7-6 and advanced to the Class 6A state quarterfinals before falling to Brentwood. Their 27-20 Week 4 win over Summit was the Spartans’ last loss en route to the Class 5A state title.

“The history of the program, academically and athletically, and the work Coach Webb has done over the past several years drew me to the job,” Melton said. “Having the opportunity to be in charge of a group of young men and coaches and surrounding them with people who are mentors is something I’m looking forward to as a head coach. I won’t take that responsibility lightly.”

Melton steps into a reconfigured league that features four programs – Brentwood, Summit, Independence and Ravenwood – that have played for or won state championships over the past five years.

“When you look at all the teams in the region, there aren’t a lot of differences between players and coaches,” he said. “It comes down to the expectations of your program as a whole. (We) want to continue to put a good staff together and teach the kids how to respond to victories and defeats.

“The approach has to be the same in what you do every day.”

Centennial and the Admirals will round out Region 7-6A, with Dickson County reassigned to Region 6-6A along with Antioch, Cane Ridge, LaVergne, McGavock, Overton and Smyrna for the 2021 and ’22 seasons.

Over nine seasons at Franklin, Webb led the program to a 59-43 record with seven playoff appearances, including a pair of state quarterfinal berths. He similarly comes from a defensive background, having served as the then-Rebels’ defensive coordinator for six years before taking a similar role at Battle Ground Academy and returning to replace Craig Clayton as head coach.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Melton and begin a new chapter in Franklin Admiral football,” principal Shane Pantall said. “Coach Melton is highly respected within the coaching community and we have confidence that he will continue to grow the program and engage our athletes and create a winning environment.”

Maurice Patton is the editor of SM-Tn Sports. He can be reached at mopattonsports@gmail.com or on Twitter @MoPatton_Sports.

Spartan rally falls short at league rival Ravenwood

By Maurice Patton

BRENTWOOD – Summit nearly dug out of a 24-point halftime hole Tuesday night, but couldn’t convert late as host Ravenwood finished off a 73-61 District 11-AAA victory.

With Destin Wade sidelined for the entire second quarter after picking up a pair of fouls in the first period, the Spartans (5-10, 5-6) were unable to keep pace as Ravenwood scored 18 unanswered points and stretched a 12-10 lead out to 42-18 by halftime.

“Our effort was good in the second half,” Summit coach Jim Fey said. “In the second quarter, we wanted to make excuses. We didn’t get the calls we thought we should get, and we played soft.

“We’ve got to be able to adapt and adjust.”

Ravenwood (14-7, 10-3) limited the visitors to one shot and took advantage of turnovers in what turned out to be the pivotal second quarter, as Summit regrouped after intermission. Wade, Tre Hunter and Konata Werts combined for 28 second-half points.

“I was happy with our effort in the second quarter; not so much in the second half,” Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock said. “We know Summit’s not going to go away. They’ve got a lot of talent and a lot of pride. They like to get ‘downhill’ and they’ve got some younger guys that can shoot it.

“They had a lot of momentum late.”

Andrew Smith connected on both ends of a one-and-one to pull Summit within six, 65-59, with 2:50 remaining, then countered a Lee Mollette basket with a short jumper at the 2:14 mark. But Ravenwood spread the floor for the final two minutes and scored the game’s last six points.

Hunter finished with 13 points to lead Summit, with Wade adding 12 despite his prolonged absence.

“He’s got to do a better job of not getting into foul trouble,” Fey said. “He’s aggressive and he’s physical, but when he leaves the floor, it hurts us.”

Alex Pollard scored 11, with three 3-pointers, and Konata Werts – the catalyst, according to Fey – scoring 10.

“He got us where we needed to be,” the coach said. “He ran things as well in the second half as well as we’ve run all year.”

Matt Williams scored a game-high 16 points, leading four in double digits for Ravenwood.

Summit resumes district play Friday against visiting Independence in a boys-only matchup, while Ravenwood travels to Brentwood.

Ravenwood boys 73, Summit 61

S 10 8 30 13 – 61
R 12 30 17 14 – 73

Summit (61) – Andrew Smith 9, Destin Wade 12, Tre Hunter 13, Konata Werts 10, C.J. Jones 6, Alex Pollard 11
Ravenwood (73) – Matt Williams 16, Lee Mollette 12, Nick Dang 6, Andrew Lamuno 3, Owen Grismore 8, Ben Bonga 11, Jake Mulder 11, Noah Clifford 6
3-pointers – Summit 4 (Smith, Pollard 3), Ravenwood 6 (Williams 2, Mollette, Grismore 2, Mulder)