The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, a score which held until they pushed across three runs in the fifth. Beech battled back for two in the top of the sixth before Central got those back in the bottom half. The Buccaneers got two more in the seventh, but WCHS survived to face Gallatin on Monday night.
Will Wright pitched 6 1/3 innings for the win. The senior left-hander allowed all four runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Matthew Jenkinson recorded the final two outs for the save.
Both team amassed nine hits. Jenkinson had three, including a double, and drove in three runs. Gabe Jennings had two RBI on as many hits.
Friendship falls in 10th to CPA
NASHVILLE — A rain-delayed game which lasted late into Sunday night was finally won by host Christ Presbyterian 10-9 in the ninth inning in the Middle Region tournament.
The Commanders dropped into a Monday-afternoon loser’s bracket game with Donelson Christian with the winner advancing to the Division II-A state first round.
Friendship caught CPA 7-7 on a Ben Jamison double down the left-field line which scored Daniel Lucas in the top of the seventh inning.
CPA went up 9-8 with two in the bottom of the fifth inning. But the Lions were denied a 10th run on appeal when a runner was ruled to have left third base too early on a flyout.
Friendship scored six times in the top of the fifth inning to take an 8-7 edge. Xan Gordan drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the score 7-7 after Braden Reece’s RBI double and Tarver Hayslip’s run-scoring single put the Commanders within striking range.
The Commanders led 1-0 in the first on Jared Dickey’s RBI before CPA got five in the bottom of the third. A one-run fourth for FCS on Ethan Raymer’s RBI was offset by two for the home team in the bottom half.
CPA outhit Friendship 13-9. Jamison and Lucas each doubled and singled while Reece doubled. Dickey drove in two runs.
Gordon took the loss after working 5 2/3 innings of relief. Dickey tossed the first 2 2/3.
Bears run-rule Portland 13-3
MT. JULIET — After waiting out a 24-hour rain delay, top-seeded Mt. Juliet rained 13 runs on Portland in a 13-3 run-rule victory in the opening round of the District 9-AAA tournament Sunday night.
The Golden Bears scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and tallied in three of their four at-bats, capped by a seven-spot in the fourth as they accumulated eight hits.
Dylan Kasper drove in four runs on a sacrifice fly and a double from the No. 9 hole. Cade Hoppe had two RBI. Thomas Fullerton and Eric Rice each racked up a pair of hits as the Golden Bears improved to 26-4 going into Monday night’s second round game against Station Camp, which walked off with a 9-8 win over Lebanon in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday after waiting out a rain delay in the third inning with the teams tied 4-4.
Lebanon and Station Camp battled in a loser’s bracket game Monday afternoon.
Grayson Cole pitched the full five innings to improve to 7-1 for Mt. Juliet. He allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three.