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Heart for Israel at Fairview Church

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Fairview Church in Lebanon wants to offer people in Wilson County hope and rest in a time of trouble so it’s sponsoring a Heart for Israel Conference this weekend called “The Lion Roars from Zion,” and more than 800 people are expected to attend.

Set to appear at Fairview are former University of Colorado football coach and Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney, among others.

“Our church has always had a heart for Israel,” said organizer Paula Renfro.

So when the pastor of the church, Michael Christian, suggested flying an Israeli flag, the congregation agreed, she said.

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Fox: Put Bible Park near Superspeedway

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

The next round in the fight for the Bible Park may involve attempting to move the site out of Lebanon and into the county.

Former Lebanon Mayor Don Fox met with Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman and County Attorney Mike Jennings to discuss the issue on Wednesday, Dedman said.

He said Fox discussed the park and said it could possibly be relocated to a site on State Route 840 near the Superspeedway.

“I told him I think the County Commission is going to want answers to the same questions the City Council is asking,” Dedman said. “I think it will have a hard time passing without financials.”

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Gang suspects busted

From Post staff reports

A major drug and gang operation was concluded and closed this week, said Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe and Lebanon Commissioner of Safety Billy Weeks, and two persons, brothers, were arrested.

Brothers Marlon and James Waters were arrested on narcotics related charges stemming from four search warrants executed by the Lebanon Police and Wilson County Sheriff’s Departments.

A news release from Ashe and Weeks said that for the past year, the LPD and WCSD have been flooded with complaints from local residents and business owners concerning alleged narcotics trafficking occurring at the apartments located behind the car wash at 419 East Main Street in Lebanon.

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Lady 'Dogs fall to FHU

SEASON ENDS FOR CU WOMEN

HENDERSON -- No. 5-ranked Freed-Hardeman eliminated Cumberland 68-54 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Women’s basketball tournament.

The Lady Lions went on a 15-2 second half run to break open a close game.

Cumberland (8-23) closed within 43-37 with 11:42 remaining in the contest after an Angie Wells bucket, but the Bulldogs failed to score a field goal for the next six minutes.

Freed-Hardeman took full advantage, running off a 15-2 spurt that essentially put the game away.

CU committed four turnovers and missed seven field goals during the stretch, with two free throws from Simone Ryan the only points.

In her final game as a Bulldog and playing with a fractured left (non-shooting) hand, senior Chaquaila Gaten scored 12 points, as did Tamara Gonzalez, while Ryan grabbed 10 rebounds.

Cumberland trailed 31-20 at halftime after hitting just 27 percent from the field and committing 12 turnovers.

A basket from Bona Ogada and 3-pointers by Gaten and Gonzalez helped the Bulldogs close within six, but the costly dryspell doomed CU in the end.

Whitney Johnson netted a game-high 19 points for FHU and also recorded eight rebounds, while Meribeth Boehler had 16 points and Jana Cross posted 12.

The Bulldogs scored the first six points of the game with a pair of 3-pointers from Gaten, but the Lady Lions answered with 15 consecutive points over the next six minutes.

Johnson netted five points and Cross and Boehler each posted four.

Wells ended the run at 12:47 for the Bulldogs, but FHU extended the lead to 21-8 over the next three minutes.

The Lady Lions led by as many as 18 in the period, but CU closed the half with a 9-2 spurt over the final four minutes, with Gonzalez, Gaten, Wells, Ryan and Keshia Brown all contributing.

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Bulldogs top Bellevue, Neb.

CUMBERLAND IMPROVES TO 8-8

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Michael Wheeler’s two-run single in the sixth scored the winning runs Cumberland in a 7-6 victory over No. 6 Bellevue Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Wheeler, a former Friendship Christian all-stater, went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored in the victory as the Bulldogs improved to 8-8 on the season.

Matt Greener collected a pair of hits and scored once. Kyle West also drove in a pair of runs, including a solo homer in the third inning.

Canadian Shawn Schaefer (1-1) picked up the win for Cumberland, tossing a complete game. The lefthander allowed six runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out seven.

Kyle Wink (0-1) took the loss for Bellevue (1-3), giving up four earned runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked seven and struck out six

CU got on the board in the third with West’s solo homer, his second of the season.

The Bulldogs open play in the TranSouth Conference Friday, March 13 at home with Bethel College.

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Beavers brother wears many creative hats
Dear Ken: How old is Tony Dow, who played Wally on “Leave It to Beaver”? Does he still act?
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Nashville Suzuki Players set concerts, TV appearance

The acclaimed Nashville Suzuki Players, which includes a number of young musicians from Wilson County, are set to perform a number of free concerts in the Gatlinburg, Knoxville area. 

The group is under the direction of internationally renowned composer, musician and teacher Thornton Cline. The concert tour kicks off in Nashville. The group is based out of Hendersonville.

They are to appear on “Tennessee Mornings” on Fox 17 TV station at 8 a.m., Friday, March 6.

The ages of the musicians range from 8-12 years old. The students have been studying the Suzuki method violin with Cline. The Suzuki method stresses “fun and game” learning and utilizes memorization. It was brought to the U.S. from Japan in 1967 and continues to be one of the most successful teaching methods today.

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Nat'l Checker Tournaments slated for this weekend

BY CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon will be hosting three nationally recognized Checker tournaments this spring and summer.

The first one, the Tennessee State Open  checkers  tournament will be held this weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 6-8, at the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located on Highway 231 (822 South Cumberland Street) near I-40.

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The Importance of Being Otto

When Hendersonville businessman Tom Hicks first began to notice how his partner enjoyed looking out the windows of hotels on their many business trips together, he was curious about this obsession.

One day, his partner Peter “Otto” Abeles would tell him his story. And that he did. The result was “Otto, the Boy at the Window,” a book they co-authored and published in 2001. Since then, this story has taken on a life of its own.   

In 2005, while performing in the stage play Scrooge, Hicks met Mt. Juliet playwright Bill Dorian, who was the narrator in the production. For some time Hicks and Abeles had been discussing the possibility of having Pete’s story developed into a stage play.  This chance meeting of Hicks and Dorian resulted in the stage version of Abeles’ story. It debuted in Nashville in 2007 with excellent reviews and was named “Best Original Holocaust Drama” by Martin Brady of the Nashville Scene. This May and June, Otto Productions will once again bring this story to life with shows in Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville.

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We must never forget those like Eric Emmert
By SAM HATCHER
          
One week ago today I received a call from a friend with whom I had not spoken for probably a couple of years.
          
He’s someone who grew up with me, lived in the same neighborhood over near the Cumberland University campus, and played touch football with me and a-half-dozen other kids on the weekends and in the afternoons after school.
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Fixin to Smack Me Some Texans

By ANNE DONNELL

Every time I leave Tennessee for some point not in a southern state, it’s a matter of time before I say,“fixing to…” Every time I say that, someone, not a southerner, laughs and asks, “Why did you say ‘fixing’? Are you going to repair something?” I’d quit saying “fixing,” but I’m so used to it I don’t notice it! Where did it come from, anyway? Thanks.

-A Traveling Guy

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Vergie Cooper Ledford, 77

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Ledford, 77, of Lebanon. Born in Fentress County to the late Tilford and Rena Smith Cooper, she passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, at her home.

Mrs. Ledford cared for children in her home for over 50 years. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher in the pre-school department for over 30 years.

Visitation after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Barry Ellis. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughter Margie (Charles) Bennett and granddaughter Angela Bennett Jarvis -- all of Lebanon. Also surviving are sisters Betty (James) Claiborne, Nannie (Jack) Cobb and Fannie (Luther) Beaty -- all of Jamestown, Neatie (Carl) Gore of Livingston; brothers Arlie (Ena) Cooper and Shelly (Sandra) Cooper -- all of Jamestown, Brite Cooper of Livingston and Lannie (Sandra) Cooper of Lebanon; brother and sister in law Bruce & Janice Ledford of Lebanon; and sister in law Edith Sells of Livingston; special friend Shirley Zachary of Lebanon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth C. Ledford on January 4, 1998.

Honorary pallbearers: Pre-school Department teachers of Immanuel Baptist Church. Active pallbearers: Jeff & Derrick Ledford, Jamie & Joey Conatser, Ronnie, Ricky and Brian Cooper, Dennis Jewell and Scott Gore.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Robert Lowe Crutcher, 68

LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Crutcher, 68, have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. A native of Wilson County, Mr. Crutcher passed away Monday, March 2, 2009, at the University Medical Center.

Visitation Wednesday 2-8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Glenn Denton and Brother Kenny Layne officiating. Interment will follow in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by siblings Josephine Springer. Ray, Thomas, Edward and Howard Dayton Crutcher -- all of Lebanon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his late parents Joe and Ruby Mae Newton Crutcher.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Mary A. Harris, Doris Bush, Nell Greer, Louise Corley and Myrtle Bell Parkerson; and brother Charles Crutcher.

A special thanks to his devoted caregivers, Richard Harris and Ray Crutcher. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Susan Huntsberger McDonald, 62

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 6 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. McDonald, 62, of Lebanon. A member of First Presbyterian Church, Ms. McDonald died Monday, March 2, 2009 at University Medical Center.

Visitation Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 am until service time at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Dr. John Cheetham will officiate. Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include: mother Ardyth Huntsberger and daughter Kirsten (Scott) Harris -- all of Lebanon; sister Cheri Huntsberger (Drew) Stewart of Nashville along with nieces Catie and Beth Stewart.

She is preceded in death by father Charles N. "Chuck" Huntsberger.

Pallbearers: Bobby Bucy, Ronnie Marks, Scott Harris and Drew Stewart.  Honorary: cousins from Ohio and the Pediatric Nursing Staff from University Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to Sherry’s Run (www.sherrysrun.org.)

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Peggy Ruth Lovett, 71

LEBANON -- Memorial services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the Cainsville United Methodist Church for Mrs. Lovett, 71, of Lebanon.

A member and treasurer of the Cainsville United Methodist Church and an active member of the Friends of Cedars of Lebanon, "Peg" died March 2, 2009.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years Dwight Herbert Lovett; son Daniel A. (Angela) Lovett; several nieces and nephews; and her "Sweetie" grandson Sam Lovett.

She is preceded in death by parents Charles W. and Lula I. West Ford, sister Mary Ann Georges and brothers Donald E. Ford and David Ford.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Mildred Dee McCrary Gannon, 77

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Gannon, 77, of Lebanon.

A homemaker and a member of the Vine Baptist Church, she died Tuesday, March 3, 2009 The Health Center at AdamsPlace after a battle with cancer.

Visitation 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Services will be conducted by Brother Glen McDonald and Brother Randy Ward.

Survivors include: her husband of 58 years James Roy Gannon; children Frank (Marlene) Gannon, Jeff (Lisa) Gannon and Marilyn (Jerry) Todd.

Also surviving are grandchildren Troy (Angie) Gannon, Tori Gannon, Brandy Todd and Christopher Gannon; four great grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and a great, great grandchild; sister Voline Perry; brother, Frank (Ruth Ann) McCrary; sister-in-law Ruby McCrary; special caregiver Tammy Maupin; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents John W. and Dollie Barrett McCrary; brothers John McCrary Jr. and Jerry McCrary; sisters Thelma Jernigan, Mary Wright, Alice Newman and Elizabeth McCrary.

Pallbearers will be nephews and great nephews. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Caris Hospice, Cancer Association or charity of choice.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Wayne Maynard, 49

GORDONSVILLE -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home for Mr. Maynard, 49, of the Lancaster Community in Smith County.

A 24-year employee of the Dana Corporation, he passed away March 2, 2009, following a battle with cancer. A 1978 graduate of Gordonsville High School, he was a deacon of The Macedonia The Baptist Church of Christ in Club Springs.

The Maynard family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time.

Services will be conducted by Brother Junior Hibdon and Brother Garry McBride. Interment at Gordonsville Cemetery.

Survivors include: his wife of 27 years Sandra Glover Maynard of Lancaster and daughters Amanda (Tanner) Freese of Hermitage and Courtney Maynard of Lancaster; mother Marie Maynard and her husband Howard Maynard of Lancaster.

Also surviving are sisters Brenda Sharp of Crossville; Cathy (Jimmy) Holmes of Baxter; Debbie Lamping of Brentwood; Vicky (William) James of Lebanon; Vinnie (Flynn) Neal of Lebanon; Mother and father-in-law Bobby and Louise Glover of Gordonsville; brothers-in-law Gary (Laurie) Glover of Gordonsville and Gregg (Lori) Glover of Buffalo Valley.

Mr. Maynard is preceded in death by his father, the late Wirt Lee Maynard and brother, Terry Maynard (1965).

Memorials may be made to the Gordonsville High School Girls Softball Team or to The Macedonia The Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Bass Funeral Homes.

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Council: No financial info, no Bible Park

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

“No financial statements, no Bible Park!” was the message from the Lebanon City Council in a surprise move Tuesday night.

The council voted unanimously to rescind all previous ordinances involving the proposed Bible Park, unless the park promoters provide the council with financial statements and a plan to prevent the kind of failure that happened to Hard Rock Park in South Carolina.

However Robert Wyatt, Bible Park USA developer, said he didn’t understand what the problem was in a statement after the meeting.

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Changes coming at Chamber of Commerce

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

LEBANON -- Some changes are in the works this year for the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, changes that will enhance the organization and its efforts in the business community.

That was the word Tuesday from John Lancaster, new chairman of the Chamber for 2009, during an interview.

"We have a couple of things we’re going to work on," he said, listing the hiring of a Membership Director and overhauling the Chamber’s website.

The Chamber has never had a Membership Director, he said, and added that the person hired would serve as a liaison with the existing members while working to enhance the group’s visibility and increase membership. The Chamber presently has 821 members.

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Squire: Ethics action dropped for 'no' vote on Bible Park?

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
 and TOMI L. WILEY
The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet

A Wilson County commissioner, who has taken a position in favor of advancing consideration for a Bible theme park in Lebanon, says he has been asked to change his vote and to oppose the park and in exchange an ethics complaint filed against him would be dropped.

District 2 County Commissioner Chris Sorey said yesterday he has “evidence” of a phone call he made to Derek Dodson in which Dodson offered to drop an ethics complaint he had filed against Sorey months ago if Sorey would agree to vote against the Bible Park proposal currently awaiting action by the county commission.

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Library roast "honors" Coach Woody Hunt

CU COACH ROAST SET MARCH 31

From Post staff reports 

LEBANON -- The accolades keep coming for Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt. The Wilson County Library Board announced this week that Hunt has agreed to be the "honoree" for the organization’s 20th annual dinner and roast Tuesday, March 31 at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School.

Hunt, who last month was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, is in his 28th season as head coach of the Bulldogs.

His team broke a five-game losing streak Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over St. Xavier University in Daytona Beach, FL. The win marked the 1,200th of his collegiate coaching career which was highlighted by the 2004 NAIA national championship.

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Area football standouts honored for academics

By TOMMY BRYAN
The Wilson Post

There is much more to being a successful football player than just times in the forty yard dash and how much iron you can lift.

The Middle Tennessee Champter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., will recognize some 63 high school and college football players for their academic achievement, community service and leadership with their 43rd annual banquet Tuesday, March 19 at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

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Central, FCS boys eliminated

PREP BASKETBALL COMES TO A CLOSE

The Wilson County prep basketball season came to a screeching halt earlier this week as the boys teams from Wilson Central and Friendship Christian were ousted in their respective regional tournaments.

HENDERSONVILLE -- Sophomore guard Jeremy Purvis drilled four 3-pointers in the second quarter and turned a close game into a rout as Northeast thumped Wilson Central 56-31 Tuesday in the Region 5-AAA semifinals at Hendersonville High School.

Purvis finished with a game-high 16 points, leading Northeast past the team that ended its season last year in the region semis.

The Eagles (25-5) will face Beech -- who crushed Springfield, 52-39, in Tuesday’s other semifinal game -- at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Wilson Central (17-11) never found an offensive groove, scoring no more than nine points in any quarter in the team’s worst offensive output of the season.

Kelten Stewart led Central with 10 points and Jarvis Jenkins added eight.

WATERTOWN -- Hot-shooting Clarkrange overcame an early 17-8 Friendship Christian lead and came away with a 59-51 victory over the Commanders in the Region 4A semifinals Tuesday at Watertown High.

The Buffaloes (19-13) advacne to Thursday’s 7 p.m. regional finals against Clay County -- a 61-44 winner over Jackson County earlier Tuesday.

Brandon Upchurch led Clarkrange with 22 points while Jake Alderman added 13.

Friendship Christian was led by Lee Maasen with 26 points, Parker Teeter added 13 and Hardie Sorrels 10.

The Commanders closed the book on the season with a 26-4 overall record.

 

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Lady 'Cats title hopes dashed

LaVERGNE UPSETS WILSON CENTRAL

HENDERSONVILLE -- Numbers don’t lie and LaVergne’s Lady Wolverines used some simple math to upset Wilson Central 51-49 Monday in the semifinals of the Region 5AAA tournament at Hendersonville High.

The loss ended Wilson Central’s season at 26-6 overall and dashed any hopes of a return to the TSSAA Class AAA tournament to defend the title they won in 2008.

Back to the math lesson, Wilson Central had defeated LaVergne three previous times this season and anyone who’s ever worn a whistle knows just how tough it can be to sweep a team four times in a single season.

Secondly, Wilson Central going just 8-of-18 at the free throw line (44 percent) helped spell doom for the Lady Wildcats. Free throw shooting had been a point of emphasis in practice prior to Monday night’s loss.

Jasmine Dale’s only bucket, a layup with 14 seconds remaining, was the difference. With the win, LaVergne (22-7) advances to Wednesday’s region championship game against rival Smyrna at 7 p.m.

Coach Keith Dean’s team will also participate in the school’s first sectional on Saturday. Dean, who played basketball at Cumberland Junior College in the mid-1970s, called the game the biggest win in the history of the Lady Wolverine program.

Wilson Central threatened to run away with the game after intermission, using a 10-3 run to take a 40-32 lead with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.

However, LaQuinta Jefferson jump-started the 13-0 run -- featuring a 3-pointer from freshman Missy Brimm and a driving layup from junior Jasmine Brimm -- to lead 45-40 entering the fourth quarter.

Wilson Central twice tied the game in the final period -- once on a 3-pointer from senior Lauren Wasson and again on a basket by Jasmine Hassell -- but the Lady Wildcats had no answer once Jasmine Brimm found Dale wide open cutting to the basket.

The teams had traded leads throughout the first half, with the Lady ‘Rines holding a 10-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter and Wilson Central -- behind a pair of Taylor Peterson 3-pointers -- led 30-29 advantage at the half.

The loss ended the prep careers of Wilson Central seniors Hassell, Wasson, Jessyca Christopher and Kelsey McGee. The four helped lead the program to state championships in 2008 and 2006.

 

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Bulldogs struggle in Florida

LOSING STREAK NOW AT 5

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Offensive woes continue to plaque the Cumberland baseball team as the Bulldogs squandered a couple of prime opportunities Monday in a pair of losses in the Sunshine State.

Coach Woody Hunt’s team left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings, falling to Emrby-Riddle, 3-1 Monday evening, just hours after the 15th-ranked Bulldogs lost 6-2 to St. Xavier.

The Bulldogs (6-7) saw their losing streak stretch to five straight after Monday’s defeats.

The squad managed just 12 hits in the two games and struck out a dozen times as well as stranding 17 runners, including 10 in the 3-1 loss to Embry-Riddle.

Cumberland got two solid pitching performances, one from James Parker and another by Robert Post. Unfortunately Parker’s efforts came in relief in the loss to St. Xavier after CU starter Luke Whittaker failed to record an out in the top of the first.

Parker was superb in relief against the Cougars, tossing six hitless innings and walking just one with four strikeouts. He recorded 10 ground ball outs as well.

Post (1-1) allowed just three hits and was the victim of two Bulldog errors that allowed an unearned run in the fourth inning.

The righthander walked three and struck out five in six innings. Eric Spivey got the final three outs for CU against Embry-Riddle.

Sam Kikla and Matt Greener both collected three hits in the twinbill, including two apiece against the Eagles. The Bulldogs put the tying and winning runs on base in the sixth and seventh innings against ERU (13-6), only to bounce out in the sixth and then strikeout and ground out in the seventh, the latter ending the game.

In the opener St. Xavier (1-0) scored six times before an out was recorded, but did little afterwards.

The Bulldogs play the same two teams again Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Central Time.

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