Mt. Juliet 10, Lebanon 2
MT. JULIET -- Two big innings, chock full of two-out hits, powered Mt. Juliet to a 10-2 home win over District 9-AAA rival Lebanon Wednesday.
With the win, the Golden Bears moved to 19-10 overall and 8-4 on the season. LHS slid to 14-16 / 5-7 headed into a 6 pm Senior Night game versus Shelbyville Central Thursday at Brent Foster Field.
Trailing 1-0, Mt. Juliet struck for six in the bottom of the third as Thomas Fullerton reached with two outs after being hit by a pitch by Lebanon's Jake Jewell.
Trey McNeese followed with a single, Corey Settle followed with a two-run double to left; Dylan Kasper singled in pinch runner Xavier Mathews, Matthew Johnston drew a walk, Tyler Worden singled in Kasper, Grayson Cole singled to drive in Johnston before Steven Jarrell flied out to right to end the carnage.
"I can't explain it," said MJ coach Mark Purvis. "Our inconsistency is amazing. We score 16 runs Monday, one Tuesday and 10 tonight. It's hard to put a finger on why -- that's the way we've been all year.
"When we're good, we're pretty good. And when we're not we're pretty bad."
Starter Colton Regen (3-0) worked 4.2 innings for the win. The sophomore allowed just three hits, no earned runs with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
Jake Fitzgibbons finished, striking out six, walking two and allowing two hits in 2.1 innings.
McNeese finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Settle doubled in two at bats with two RBI and Jarrell was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.
Lebanon's only hits, all singles, came from Kohl Finch, Luke Bradshaw, Chase Birdwell and Carson Boles.
Jewell went 2.2 innings and was tagged with the loss, scattering five hits and six runs. He struck out four and walked one.
UPDATES -- Mt. Juliet will recognize Senior Night Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. -- prior to the home game versus Dickson County.
Wednesday, May 1 the Golden Bears will recognize the 2009 Class AAA state runner-up team at 6 p.m. prior to hosting Rossview.
Lebanon has added a home game Friday, April 26 versus Antioch. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Brent Foster Field.
Wilson Central 11, Portland 0
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central moved to 17-11 on the season following Wednesday's 11-0 home win over District 9-AAA rival Portland.
The Wildcats struck for four runs in each of the third and fourth innings before ending the game on the "mercy rule" with three in the bottom of the sixth.
Mason Everett slugged a solo homer while McKane Everett, Jackson Odette and Blaine Mabry had two hits apiece.
Shortstop Gabe Jennings drilled a two-run double and Matthew Jenkinson had an RBI single.
Nick Baker threw a five-inning two-hitter, striking out five.