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District 10-A softball All-District team announced

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At the conclusion of the District 10-A softball tournament finals where Richland completed the season sweep with an 11-1 win over Mt. Pleasant, tournament host coach Misti Grooms announced the coaches votes for All-District.

Culleoka’s Alex Skinner and Richland’s Deanna Smith shared co-MVP honors, while Richland’s Brooklyn Reed was named the district’s Pitcher of the Year.

All-District Team: Allie Garner, Richland; Madelyn Woodard, Santa Fe; Baleigh Gray, Mt. Pleasant; Kylie Thomas, Culleoka; Gray Teegaarden, Richland; Sophie Rettinger, Mt. Pleasant; Tyler Reischman, Culleoka; Rachel Rich, Richland; Ashlynn Kelley, Santa Fe; Katie Thomason, Mt. Pleasant; Brooklyn Reed, Richland; Lexie McEwen, Santa Fe; Kylie Brewer, Mt. Pleasant.

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.

Raiders secure finals berth in 10-A tourney, opposite Santa Fe

By Maurice Patton

LYNNVILLE – By the end of Monday night’s play in the District 10-A baseball tournament at Richland, all three coaches were pleased with their respective teams.

Only one, however, moved into Tuesday’s championship game opposite Santa Fe.

The host Raiders dealt Mt. Pleasant a 10-0, five-inning season-ending defeat, after the Tigers sent Culleoka home with a 3-2 decision.

“Whether we win one or two games (Tuesday), I think we came out with a little more urgency, a little more concentration to make sure we did the little things right,” Richland coach Troy Hughes said after his team successfully rebounded from a 9-8, 12-inning loss Saturday to third-seeded Santa Fe by scoring in four of five at-bats against No. 2 seed Mt. Pleasant.

“We knew Santa Fe was capable of beating us. But I think it was a wakeup call for us. We didn’t do what we should have done Saturday. How are we going to respond? Are we going to hang our heads, or are we going to respond like I know we’re capable?”

Richland (19-12) scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch from Mt. Pleasant starter Hayden Holt in its half of the first inning, then capitalized on an Austin Schrengost two-run double and three Tiger errors in a three-run second inning.

Colton Trimble’s two-run base hit sparked a four-run rally in the fourth, and Jace Derryberry doubled home the decisive runs in the fifth.

“I feel like we ran out of gas a little bit – mentally, physically, both,” first-year Mt. Pleasant coach Kennedy Mathis said after his team finished 11-17. “They’re a really good ballclub. They did what they had to do to win the game. They earned it.

“Coming into the year, I don’t think anybody outside of our group believed in us. I think we proved a lot of people wrong, but this was just one step in the process. We’ve got to keep building. It took 11 guys, but we made each and every team earn it.”

Mt. Pleasant played error-free ball for six innings against Culleoka (6-16), working out of a jam that led to a 1-0 first-inning Warrior lead and scoring three runs in the third as Brady Clark’s double drove in a pair of runs before he scored on Ryan Clark’s RBI groundout.

Leading 3-1 into the seventh, the Tigers had to weather some suspense as back-to-back Codell Gilliam throwing errors helped Culleoka cut the deficit in half and put the tying run at second base before reliever Ben Newland stranded the tying and winning runs by striking out Landon Spencer to end the game.

“These guys played hard. They hit the ball,” Warriors coach Vince Springer said. “I’m as proud as I can be of these guys. At times this season, they’ve gotten down on themselves when things didn’t go their way. This time, they stayed in the game and did what they needed to do. We didn’t lose; we just ran out of innings.”

Santa Fe can clinch the tournament title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s Region 5-A tourney with a win Tuesday. If Richland wins the 5 p.m. championship game, the two would play a second contest.

Mt. Pleasant 3, Culleoka 2

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Ethan Hollis and Jack Luna. Andrew Cummins, Codell Gilliam (1), Brady Clark (3), Ben Newland (6) and Kevin Reed. W: Clark. L: Hollis.

Richland 10, Mt. Pleasant 0 (5 inn.)

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Hayden Holt, Ryan Clark (4), Brady Clark (5) and Kevin Reed. Rob Turner and Landon Griggs. W: Turner. L: Holt.

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

Area sports upcoming

Monday
Baseball

Santa Fe at Fayetteville, 5 p.m.
Summertown at Eagleville, 5 p.m.
Cascade at Richland, 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Central at Stewarts Creek, 6 p.m.
Loretto at Giles Co., 6 p.m.
Ravenwood at Independence*, 6 p.m.
Brentwood at Spring Hill*, 6:30 p.m.
#Grace Chr. at Columbia Acad., 6:30 p.m.
Summit at Page*, 6:30 p.m.
#Christ Presbyterian Acad. at Middle Tenn. Chr.

Softball

Independence at Father Ryan, 5 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Frank Hughes, 5 p.m.
#Grace Chr. at Zion Chr., 5 p.m.
East Hickman at Culleoka, 5:30 p.m.
Spring Hill at Ravenwood*, 5:30 p.m.
Marshall Co. at Richland, 6 p.m.
#Donelson Chr. at Davidson Acad.
#Clarksville Acad. at Nashville Chr.
#Battle Ground Acad. at Christ Presbyterian Acad.

Boys soccer

Columbia Acad. at Giles Co., 6 p.m.
Independence at Page*, 7 p.m.
Rossview at Columbia Central, 7 p.m.

*district game
#postseason game

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Roundup: baseball, softball, tennis recaps

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BASEBALL

Lawrence County 4, Loretto 3 (8 inn.): While it may have taken an extra frame, Lawrence County completed the season sweep of county rival Loretto. With two outs in the inning, Ayden Luffman found home plate on a passed ball to take the lead for the Wildcats, and Luke Boswell struck out the side in the bottom half for the win. Boswell went five innings and struck out 10 in the game. Loretto committed four errors in the loss.

Spring Hill 5, Franklin 4: Spring Hill needed a miracle to finish a two-game sweep of Franklin, and in the seventh inning, the baseball gods answered in the affirmative. Jackson Marbet singled home a pair of runs in a five-run seventh to give the Raiders the win. Nathan Huntzinger and Dawson Hargrove also drove in runs in the inning. Luka Boylan gave up four runs in two and two-thirds, but Connor Gaia and Cooper Inch shut out the Admirals the rest of the way. Brandon O’Brien added a hit and RBI in the game as well.

Columbia Acad. 11, Zion Chr. 1: Damon Toombs doubled home Drew Butt to end the game on Tuesday. Kavares Tears hit a two-run homer earlier in the fifth inning, his 10th of the season. He finished 2-for-2 with two runs, two RBIs and two walks. Max Ballard was a perfect 4-for-4 with a pair of ribbies as well. Tears got the start on the bump and went four and one-third. He walked four and struck out nine, giving up no earned runs. The Eagles were no-hit for the second day in a row, but a pair of CA errors helped to get Luke Perko, who drew a leadoff walk in the inning, home for Zion.

SOFTBALL

Culleoka 14, Santa Fe 4: Culleoka pounded out 18 hits in the game, while scoring 11 runs in the first two innings to set the tone against their district foe. Seven Lady Warriors collected multiple hits in the game. Tyler Reischman was 3-for-4 and scored three times. Chloe Kennedy was 2-for-3 with three RBIs after replacing Tayler Watson who was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and two RBIs herself. Kylie Thomas went the distance, giving up three earned runs on seven hits.

Spring Hill 7, Brentwood 3: Another masterful performance from Kat Carter set up her Lady Raiders to earn another 11-AAA win this week. She pitched seven innings, giving up one earned run and striking out 15 in the win. At the plate, D’Naijah Wade and Marissa Ellis were each 3-for-4 in the game. Spring Hill scored three in the third and the sixth after falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning.

TENNIS

Franklin Road Acad. girls 4, Columbia Acad. 0: The Lady Bulldogs were swept in the Middle Region tournament semifinals, but will meet district rival Christ Presbyterian Academy — which lost 4-0 to University School of Nashville — in Friday’s region consolation match.

Richland regroups, run-rules Santa Fe to win 10-A crown

By Maurice Patton

LYNNVILLE — Timely hits. Richland didn’t get them in a road loss Monday against Santa Fe.

Playing at home Tuesday, though, the Raiders did come through when it counted offensively – and kept the Wildcats from doing so – in a 10-0, five-inning victory that secured the District 10-A regular-season championship.

“We did a little better job of being selective, and we got some big hits when we needed them,” veteran Richland coach Troy Hughes said after his team shook off a 5-3 loss a day prior that set up the winner-take-all-clash.

“We’ve talked all year (about) we’ve played a tough schedule. I did that on purpose. We lost some games this year. We’ve failed, but we’ve gotten better. (Monday) we didn’t lose the game; we got beat. We’ve got baseball guys that are smart enough to know, we didn’t beat ourselves. So it was pretty easy for them to say ‘next game’.”

Santa Fe wasn’t able to carry over its offensive momentum from the first game. Colton Steward and Logan Wilkins led off the first and second innings with doubles, but their teammates were unable to get either of them across the plate.

“That was huge,” Wildcats coach Rip Baxter said “You can’t win if you’re not scoring runs. We had a hit-and-run on one time, had a bunt on one time. We missed signals – inexperienced, not paying attention.

“When you’ve got runs to drive in, you’ve got to drive them in.”

Richland (14-8, 7-1) did. After stranding seven in Monday’s loss, the Raiders batted around in a five-run second and added a run in the third on three more singles before ending the contest with four runs in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule.

After banging out nine hits – all singles – though, Hughes was effusive in his praise of starting pitcher Sam Edwards and reliever Landon Griggs.

“With us, it starts on the mound,” he said. “Sam came out and threw strikes. When he throws strikes, when any of our guys throws strikes, we’ve got as good a defense as anybody in the state, from Class A to Class AAA.

“All we need is a pitcher to throw strikes. We’re going to field it and throw them out. Sam did an excellent job of doing that.”

Indeed, the Raiders played error-free ball Tuesday along with getting two hits each from Jase Derryberry and Rob Turner. Derryberry and Austin Schrengost each drove in a pair of runs.

After the second inning, meanwhile, Santa Fe (13-7-1, 5-3) only created one other scoring opportunity. Edwards walked two of the three batters he faced in the fifth, before Griggs relieved and issued a walk to Steward. The Raiders squelched the threat by turning a double play on Josh Martin’s grounder, before finishing the game in their following at-bat.

“Troy does a good job,” Baxter said. “They did what they had to do. They did what we didn’t do.”

With Richland nailing down the top seed for the upcoming district tournament, Santa Fe drops to third after being swept by Mt. Pleasant last week. The Tigers will be the No. 2 seed, with Culleoka and Hampshire rounding out the field.

“From top to bottom, this is as competitive as this district has been in several years,” Hughes said. “Going into the tournament, I’m not going to say Richland is the favorite. Culleoka is capable of beating you, Mt. Pleasant is very capable of beating you.

“It’s going to be a very exciting tournament.”

Richland 10, Santa Fe 0 (5 inn.)

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Josh Martin, Colton Steward (4) and Colton Steward, Macon Adkison (4). Sam Edwards, Landon Griggs (5) and Landon Griggs, Houston Cheek (5). W: Edwards. L: Martin.

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports