Return game Wednesday in Gladeville --
LEBANON -- Wilson Central broke open a 5-3 game with five runs in the top of the sixth inning on the way to a 10-6 win over District 9-AAA rival Lebanon Tuesday night at Brent Foster Field.
With the victory, the Wildcats pulled to 4-5 in the district and 12-9 on the season headed into a 7 p.m. home Wednesday rematch against the Blue Devils.
"I thought we were more consistent," said WCHS coach Anthony Ford. "At times, we've swung the bat well and we've been very bad at the plate at other times. This time of year you want to find some consistency.
"Pitching has been outstanding for the most part and our defense has been spotty. We want to get rolling. Tonight our kids hung in there and we finally got the big inning in the sixth."
LHS slipped to 10-13 overall and 4-5 in league play with the loss.
Central took a first inning lead as Gabe Jennings rifled a two-out single to center, scoring Jackson Odette who had reached after being hit by a pitch.
Lebanon countered with two in the bottom of the third as Ty Bailey doubled, then Luke Bradshaw and Jake Jewell were hit by pitches to load the bases.
Chase Birdwell grounded to second baseman Trent Wimmer who tried to tag Jewell, only to have the ball pop loose and bring in two runs.
The Wildcats added a run in the fourth as Kameron Bond doubled in McKane Everett who had reached on a walk.
WCHS took a 5-2 lead with three in the fifth, but Bradshaw trimmed the margin to 5-3 with a solo line drive home off the scoreboard in right-center.
Central pushed the lead to 10-3 with five in the sixth as LHS commits a pair of errors, opening the door for an RBI double by Matthew Jenkinson and a sacrifice fly be Jennings.
Jenkinson started and worked 5.1 innings for the win, striking out nine and scattering four hits. The senior only allowed two earned runs.
"Tonight -- that was Jenkinson doing what he does," Ford said, "he didn't have his best stuff but battled every inning."
Gary Denton pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing two hits, two unearned runs with one strikeout.
Evan Britt started for LHS and suffered control problems -- walking vie in three innings off work. The lefty fanned five and only allowed on hit and two earned runs.
Odette, Blaine Mabry and Bond each had a pair of hits for the winners while Jennings drove in two runs.
Third baseman Corey Jones had a pair of singles for LHS and drove in a run. Birdwell drove in two and Bradshaw's homer was his fourth of the season.
Beech downs Mt. Juliet 5-3
SHACKLE ISLAND -- Beech made the most of four hits and held off a late Mt. Juliet comeback try in Tuesday's 5-3 District 9-AAA win over the Golden Bears.
The teams will close out the two-game series with a 7 p.m. contest tonight at Mt. Juliet.
With the loss, Mt. Juliet dropped to 17-8 on the season and 7-2 in district play.
Tyler Worden's two-run single in the top of the seventh cut the Beech margin to 3-2, but reliever Jeff Adams retired the next two Bears to secure the win.
Garyson Cole (4-1) was the tough luck loser, scattering just four hits over six innings. He struggled with his control, walking five and striking out four and hitting two batters.
Worden finished 2-for-3 with two RBI while Michael Hardy doubled and walked in two official at bats. Dylan Kasper drove in Mt. Juliet's other run.