Lebanon 9, Mt. Juliet 1
LEBANON -- Evan Britt tossed a complete game three-hitter and Chase Birdwell cracked a solo homer in Lebanon's 9-1 District 9-AAA win over Mt. Juliet Tuesday at Brent Foster Field.
The victory marked the fourth in a row for the Blue Devils who moved to 14-15 overall / 5-6 district headed into Wednesday's 7 p.m. return game at Mt. Juliet.
The Golden Bears, who committed three errors and walked six, slipped to 18-10 / 7-4 district with the loss.
Britt worked out of a sixth inning, bases-loaded jam by striking out Cory Settle and inducing a fly out to right by Matt Johnston. Britt threw 113 pitches, striking out eight and walking four.
"That was the Evan Britt we see glimpses of all the time, he put it all together tonight," said LHS head coach Will Wakefield. "A lot of it was his mindset. He really wanted the ball."
Birdwell led off the bottom of the second by hitting an 0-2 pitch off Grayson Cole (4-2) over the left-field wall.
Later in the inning, Tyler Wiggins drove in Mack Wright, running for Copeland Bradford (HBP) with a ground out.
LHS tacked on two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Birdwell finished with three of Lebanon's eight hits. Carson Boles had two RBI and a double, while Jake Jewell, Wiggins and Eli Carson and Bradford all had singles.
"The more we understand the game, the more we produce offensively as a team," Wakefield said. "We moved base-runners, worked the count, ran the bases well and handled the mental part of the offensive side better."
Lebanon also played error-less defense for the first time in weeks.
"It's easy to play defense when your pitcher is throwing well," Wakefield said. "There was a lot of flow, guys made plays early and when that starts happening it becomes easier to play defense."
Cole started on the hill for Mt. Juliet, lasting 3.1 innings. He surrendered four hits, one earned run, walking three and striking out three.
He was followed to the mound by Warren Lee and Benny Pirrone.
Steven Jarrell led the Bears with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. Nelson Buckland went 1-for-2 and scored a run.
Wilson Central 8, Portland 0
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central's bats came alive with seven runs in sixth, but Matthew Jenkinson had already handled most of the heavy lifting in Tuesday's 8-0 home win over Portland.
Jenkinson hurled a five-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking just one batter as the Wildcats improved to 16-11 on the season.
WCHS picked up a run in the bottom of the second on Blaine Mabry's RBI fielders choice ground out.
Jenkinson helped his own cause with a pair of singles and an RBI; Mabry drove in two runs and had a single in the sixth and Cole Fergusson added two hits.
Wilson Central returns to action tonight playing at Portland in a 7 p.m. return game.
Watertown 10, York Inst. 9
JAMESTOWN -- Down 9-6 after three innings, Watertown scored two in the fifth and two more in the top of the sixth for a 10-9 road win over District 8-AA York Institute Dragons Tuesday afternoon.
The victory pushed the Purple Tigers to 18-7 overall -- tying the 2017 school record for most wins in a single season.
Reliever Brandon Watts pitched the final 4.1 innings for the decision, striking out 10 of the 16 batters he faced, allowing one hit and walking two.
Watts helped his own cause with an RBI single in the top of the fifth.
Leadoff man Brandon Allison had a triple and a single to drive in one while Heath Price went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Watertown will host Nashville McGavock Thursday in a 6 p.m. single game.
Friendship Christian 8, Davidson Academy 0
NASHVILLE -- Friendship Christian School's baseball team unleashed the long ball in Tuesday's 8-0 victory at Davidson Academy.
Slugging four home runs, the Commanders improved to 23-6 on the season headed into Thursday's opening round of the District Tournament.
The Commanders will take on University School of Nashville in a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.
Jared Dickey bopped a pair of two-run homers, his 4th and 5th of the season, in the first and third innings while Tarver Hayslip followed up Dickey in the third with a solo shot -- his sixth.
Jackson Eskew added a solo home run in the fourth inning and Justin Seagraves plated two runs with a line single off the wall in the sixth.
Josh Folkerts started and worked three innings one-hit ball for the decision.