Mt. Juliet’s Butler named Clemson women’s coach

Florida head coach Amanda Butler yells to her team in the first half of an NCAA women’s college basketball game against Tennessee on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 75-59. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

CLEMSON, S.C. — Mt. Juliet native Amanda Butler has been named Clemson’s new head women’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich announced following approval from the Clemson Board of Trustee’s Compensation Committee on Thursday.

 Butler has 12 years of Division I head coaching experience, posting a 230-159 overall record with 10 postseason berths.

 She began her head coaching career at Charlotte, where the 49ers posted a 40-22 record in two seasons. Butler went on to lead the University of Florida to a 190-137 overall record during 10 seasons. Her Gator teams earned eight postseason berths, including four NCAA Tournament appearances.

 “We’re excited to welcome Amanda to the Clemson Family,” Radakovich said. “Certainly, the success her teams have had on court at Charlotte and Florida are noteworthy, but her passion for all aspects of collegiate coaching coupled with her desire to shape the lives of student-athletes on and off the court stood out throughout our search.”

 Butler chronicled her year away from coaching for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association detailing her 365 days visiting various basketball programs around the country. She also worked as a color analyst for the SEC Network.

 A native of Mt. Juliet, Butler enjoyed a stellar prep career at Mt. Juliet High School, where she tallied over 1,400 points. Butler went on to a standout playing career at the University of Florida. During her junior and senior seasons, she led the Gators to the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history. A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she was voted a finalist on the CoSIDA Academic All-America District Team. Butler completed her Gator career ranked second on the program’s all-time assists list with 401. The team captain during her senior season, Butler helped the Gators compile 73 victories and 21 SEC wins during her tenure, the best four-year totals in school history at the time.

West Wilson angler catches big fish

Derrick Harris of Mt. Juliet caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at five pounds, 13 ounces Saturday in the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League event on Percy Priest Lake.

The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $170.

Lebanon’s Matt Farrar finished eighth with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces to win $447.

John Graves of Mt. Juliet was ninth with five bass weighing 12-13 to pocket $397.

Tony Eckler of Lebanon was 10th with 12-8 to take home $347.

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Central spins double shutout in Raptors Classic

BRENTWOOD — Wilson Central pitched a pair of shutouts Friday in blanking Franklin 3-0 and the Lady Knights homeschool team 14-0 in the Ravenwood Raptors Classic at Crockett Park.

Saturday’s action was canceled due to rain.

Senior Ashley Foster pitched a four-inning shutout against Franklin, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three.

The Lady Wildcats scored all their runs in the top of the second inning. Alaina Morris reached on an error and moved to third on Julia Barnett’s double to left field. Kinsley Blackfox’s fly to right is misplayed for an error to score Morris. Shelby Moore’s groundout to second scored Barnett before Sydnee Richetto’s liner to left plated Blackfox.

Sisters Sydnee and Kaylee Richetto each racked up two hits.

Freshman Kassidy Davis held the Lady Knights to one single and a walk while striking out three in the four-inning game.

Three Lady Wildcats scored in the first inning, six in the second and five in the fourth as they collected 13 hits in climbing to 10-10 for the season. Blackfox, Sydnee Richetto and Morgan Stokes each had two hits as 10 Lady ‘Cats had at least one hit.

Wilson Central’s scheduled District 9-AAA home game with Gallatin has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. The junior varsity will play at 4:30.

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Out at third, no run at home

Mt. Juliet holds off Lebanon 3-2 for District 9-AAA lead

George Page • Mt. Juliet News
With runners on second and third, Lebanon’s Brianna Nagelhout is robbed of a hit on a diving catch in center field by Mt. Juliet’s Camryn Cernuto. Both runners tagged, but Madi Kimble was thrown out at third just before (so ruled by the umpires) Anna Bennett crossed the plate to end the game, a 3-2 Lady Bear win.

MT. JULIET — In a play which cries for instant replay in high school softball, Mt. Juliet emerged with a 3-2 win over Lebanon when umpires ruled the Lady Devils’ Madi Kimble was tagged out at third base before Anna Bennett crossed the plate with what would have been the tying run in the top of the seventh inning.

The decision pulled Mt. Juliet into a tie with Lebanon atop the District 9-AAA standings at 6-1, with the Lady Bears owning the tiebreaker until the teams’ rematch at LHS on April 26.

With runners on second and third, Brianna Nagelhout was robbed of a hit on a diving catch in center field by Caryn Cernuto. Both runners tagged, but Kimble was thrown out at third just before (so ruled by the umpires) Bennett crossed the plate to end the game.

Alyssa Costley surrendered six Lebanon hits and a walk while striking out three as Mt. Juliet improved to 11-4 for the season.

Lebanon’s Carlie Fox put up near identical numbers – seven hits and a walk allowed with three punchouts as the Lady Devils dropped to 14-9.

Cernuto singled in the tie-breaking run for Mt. Juliet in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kayleigh Billington tied the game 2-2 with an RBI single in the fifth.

Lebanon tok a 2-1 lead in the third on an error. The Lady Devils went up 1-0 in the first on a Morgan Jones fielder’s choice scoring Bennett, who had doubled to center field to begin the game.

Makayla Draper homered for Mt. Juliet in the second to tie the game 1-1.

Billington and Cernuto each singled twice and Gabby Faccadio once while Savannah Cole doubled.

Kimble singled three times and Brizeida Chavez and Aaryn Grace Lester once each.

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Columbia Academy defeats Wilson Central 4-2 in eight innings

GLADEVILLE — Columbia Academy scored two tie-breaking runs in the top of the eighth inning Friday night to take a 4-2 win at Wilson Central.

The Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning against Central starter Matthew Jenkinson.

The Wildcats worked their way back into the game with single scores in the fifth and seventh. Connor Sullivan cracked a home run for one tally and Blaine Mabry drove in Aaron Hubbell with the other.

Jared Smith, the third of four Wildcat pitchers, pitched 1 1/3 innings to take the loss as Central fell to 15-4. Jenkinson allowed both runs (one earned) on six hits in four innings before Britt White threw two scoreless innings. Nick Baker recorded the final two outs.

Columbia Academy outhit Central 10-6. Leadoff batter Cole Fergusson singled twice for the Wildcats.

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Golden Bears climb to No. 1 in state

After winning 3 of 5 in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE — While the weekend was a washout in middle Tennessee, Mt. Juliet went to Knoxville for the Scott Dean Classic and got in five games, winning three.

The Golden Bears were rewarded for their 6-2 week by being promoted to No. 1 in the state in the PBR (Prep Baseball Report) Tennessee ranking from the No. 4 slot with an 18-3 season record.

The Bears opened the Classic by dropping a 10-7 decision to host Farragut in a continuation of a suspended game from the previous weekend in Mt. Juliet.

Cal Burgett took the loss to fall to 1-1 despite a sixth-inning grand slam by Brayden Osborne during a seven-run sixth inning. Thomas Fullerton doubled for the Bears.

The teams hooked up again immediately thereafter and Mt. Juliet doubled up the Admirals, who also rose from No. 6 to No. 2 following a 6-1 week (22-6 for the season). John Dyer had two hits and drove in two runs, including his second homer of the season. Burgett banged out a double while Dalton Earheart had two singles.

Jake Fitzgibbons pitched 3 2/3 innings to win his first decision of the season with four strikeouts. Osborne fanned three to secure his sixth save.

Mt. Juliet capped off its Friday the 13th with a 3-2 loss to Knoxville Grace Christian as Earheart dropped his first decision of the season. Burgett doubled while Tyler Worden had two hits and an RBI for the Golden Bears, who bounced back the following day to beat host Bearden 6-1. Warren Lee won his first decision by striking out eight in a seven-inning complete game. Eric Rice racked up two hits while Steven Jarrell doubled.

MJ then took on Bradley Central in a battle of the Golden Bears with Mt. Juliet walking off 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh as Dyer survived an unearned run in the top of the seventh to improve to 2-0. Cade Hoppe drove in three runs as he and Dyer each doubled twice. Earheart drove in two runs on three singles.

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Brown named Wilson County Teacher of the Year

Mt. Juliet Elementary School English as a Second Language teacher Tracy Brown was named Wilson County’s 20th Teacher of the Year during a banquet to honor her and the 31 other teachers of the year from their respective schools Friday night at Cumberland University.

“I believe teaching is a profession that cannot be done alone,” said Cumberland president Paul Stumb as he read Brown’s submission to judges in announcing the winner. “Teachers need each other for support and encouragement. I am to be a visible resource for all teachers at my school, as well as my students. I believe we need to work together to ensure the growth and success for all.”

Brown has taught for 20 years and holds a master’s degree in education with an ESL endorsement and a bachelor’s degree in education. She teaches kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

“I am in a crowd of very deserving [teachers],” Brown said after she accepted her award. “I don’t even know why I was nominated, because as a teacher and a spouse of a teacher and a supporter of education, we do this because we love our kids…I get up every day and try to be the best teacher I can for them. I can’t do what I do without my colleagues at Mt. Juliet. They just allow me to try new things; we collaborate for them. The kids at Mt. Juliet are my kids, as well.”

Prior to the recognition of the 32 teachers of the year, organizers Bob McDonald, president of CedarStone Bank, and W.P. Bone III, owner of Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, shared a few comments.

Both McDonald and Bone took turns and recognized past Wilson County Teachers of the Year recipients.

Brown received a $1,500 prize, and Mt. Juliet Elementary School netted another $500 for their efforts.

Those selected from across Wilson County as teachers of the year in their respective schools included Tomekia Marshall from Byars-Dowdy Elementary School, Stacy Taylor from Carroll-Oakland School, Jamie Ricketts from Castle Heights Elementary School, Cassie Urban from Coles Ferry Elementary School, Kim Gaines from Elzie D. Patton Elementary School, Terri Rice from Friendship Christian School, Patty Hunter from Gladeville Elementary School, Danya Watson Cole from Lakeview Elementary School, Eric Spear from Lebanon High School, Jada Dixon from MAP Academy, Carie McDonald from Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Eric Trusty from Mt. Juliet High School, Jessica Gray from Mt. Juliet Middle School, Joni Stone from Rutland Elementary School, Brenda Blevins from Sam Houston Elementary School, Leesa Hubbard from Southside School, Tammy Pardue from Springdale Elementary School, Veda Dalton Hamrick from Stoner Creek Elementary School, Ramona Wright, from Tuckers Crossroads School, Taimi R. Reese from W.A. Wright Elementary School, Hannah Petty from Walter J. Baird Middle School, Karen McDonald from Watertown Elementary School, Laura Spingler from Watertown High School, Carrie R. Thompson from Watertown Middle School, Leslie Brumback from West Elementary School, Lori Shelton from West Wilson Middle School, Marcie Polk from Wilson Central High School, Kristi Galligan from Wilson County Adult High School and Jessica Johns from Winfree Bryant Middle School.

By Jared Felkins

State testing woes continue in local schools

Problems with online portions of the Tennessee Ready state assessment continued Tuesday morning, which caused Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special School District to suspend online testing for the second straight day.

Wilson County Schools suspended online testing in sixth through 12th grades at about 10 a.m. Students in third through fifth grades were not impacted because their exams were done with paper and pencil.

The district faced similar issues Monday morning, the first scheduled day for testing, which caused them to suspend testing. Tuesday was the first day of testing in the Lebanon Special School District.

“It appears Questar’s data center may have experienced a deliberate attack this morning based on the way traffic is presenting itself. They are currently resetting the system,” Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candace McQueen said in a statement. “However, the attacker may take these same steps again, and Questar is actively working on further reinforcements, including notifying authorities. To our knowledge, no student data has been compromised.” 

“We understand the frustration this is causing. Our administrators are doing everything in their power to both comply with the law and make decisions early in the day to reduce the impact of this situation on students and teachers,” Wilson County Schools spokesperson Jennifer Johnson said.

The Tennessee Department of Education also released a statement on the testing issues Monday morning.

“We share the frustration that some students had challenges logging into Nextera this morning. Questar has fixed this issue, and thousands of students are on the platform now. Over 25,000 students have successfully completed Tennessee Ready tests as of this point [Monday]. No server has crashed, and the issue was not statewide. This issue was not related to volume. Testing has resumed,” the release said.

The delay follows a series of issues that surrounded the Tennessee Ready exam and its implementation, including last year, which saw more than 9,000 exams scored incorrectly by exam vendor Questar Assessment. .

Students in third through eighth grades were unable to take the exam the previous year, as the previous state exam assessor failed to launch an online test and was unable to deliver testing materials to districts in time.

The delays and miscues prompted parents and administrators to question the reliability of the state assessment, as well as the impact it has on students and educators.

The inconsistency prompted Wilson County Director of Schools Donna Wright to declare the 2015-2016 school year a hold harmless year for Tennessee Ready scores in the district.

By Xavier Smith

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy to present ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Submitted to Mt. Juliet News
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy drama students Braeden Mahabir as Don Lockwood, Abigail Wilson as Kathy Seldon and Mason Tabor as Cosmo Brown prepare for the April 20-22 production of ‘Singin’ in the Rain.’

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s high school drama students will perform “Singin’ in the Rain,” often referred to as “the greatest movie musical of all time,” next weekend for public audiences.

“Singin’ in the Rain” will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 per adult and $7 per student. Cash and checks will be accepted. Also, concessions will be available before the show and during intermission.

Directed and choreographed by Mt. Juliet Christian Academy theater and choral director Kimberly Overstreet, the play will feature senior Braeden Mahabir as Don Lockwood, junior Abigail Wilson as Kathy Seldon and junior Mason Tabor as Cosmo Brown, as well as many other middle and high school drama students.

Previously, Mahabir starred as Billy Crocker and Wilson starred as Hope Harcourt in “Anything Goes” in 2017. Wilson also played Maria during the 2016 school production of “The Sound of Music.” Tabor was seen last year as Horace Vandergelder in the school’s production of “The Matchmaker.”

Entertainment for any fan of musicals from Hollywood’s golden age, “Singin’ in the Rain” was adapted for the stage by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and features unforgettable songs, situations, moving tap routines and snappy dialogue. Set during the 1920s when Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are Hollywood’s favorite silver screen stars, “Singin’ in the Rain” has all the makings of a Hollywood headline – from the beautiful starlet, the dashing leading man and a boy-meets-girl romance that features some of the best dance numbers, comedy routines and romantic ballads ever written.

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy is at 735 N. Mt. Juliet Road. The performance will be in the gymnasium.

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Earheart, Dyer combine for 10 RBI in 22-8 Mt. Juliet win

HENDERSONVILLE — Dalton Earheart drove in six runs and John Dyer four Wednesday night to power Mt. Juliet to a 22-8 win at Beech.

Earheart homered and doubled while Dyer singled twice and doubled. Dylan Kasper had three RBI on as many singles. Cade Hoppe singled twice and Trevor Vestal once as they and Brayden Osborne drove in two runs apiece.

Mt. Juliet outhit Beech 14-10 and took advantage of seven Buccaneer errors and six walks.

The Golden Bears built a 7-0 lead midway through the third inning before Beech battled back to within 9-7 in the fourth. Mt. Juliet scored four in the fifth and nine in the sixth in improving to 12-1 for the season and 5-0 in District 9-AAA.

Grayson Cole pitched 3 1/3 innings to improve to 4-0. Hoppe went the final 2 2/3 frames.

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Walk-off hit a Wimmer for Wildcats

GLADEVILLE — Trent Wimmer’s single up the middle scored Aaron Hubbell with the walk-off winner in Wilson Central’s 7-6 victory over visiting Gallatin on Wednesday night.

Hubbell tripled to right-center field to begin the seventh inning and came home on Wimmer’s hit to hike the Wildcats’ record to 13-2 for the season and 5-1 in District 9-AAA.

Matthew Jenkinson gave up the tying run in the top of the seventh, but got the win in the home half after two innings on the mound. Starter Will Wright struck out 11 in four innings and left with a 6-5 lead. Hayden Baker tossed a scoreless fifth with two strikeouts.

Each team totaled nine hits. Gabe Jennings drove in three runs and doubled as he and Ethan Shelton supplied two hits each to the Wildcats’ side of the ledger.

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Central shut out by Greenbrier 2-0

GLADEVILLE — Greenbrier cooled off Wilson Central’s bats in a 2-0 win Thursday.

The Wildcats were held to seven singles, including three by Gabe Jennings and two by Blaine Mabry as Central slipped to 13-3 for the season.

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Saints make most of one hit as Perry punches out DCA 3-1

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian had just one hit against Donelson Christian on Monday afternoon. But Tyler Blais made sure it counted.

Blais’ double to left field in the sixth inning broke a no-hitter and a shutout, sending MJCA to a 3-1 win.

Cole Alsup walked and Camden Burgess was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Blais. Blais scored when a bunt was thrown away.

Dawson Perry spotted DCA a first-inning run before holding the Wildcats to two hits and a walk while striking out nine as Mt. Juliet Christian climbed to 6-7 for the season and 2-2 in the Middle Region District 2-A.

The two teams will hook up again at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to wrap up the series.

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Former Bear garners MSC Pitcher of the Week accolades


Bob Tamboli • Cumberland University
Curtis Hoppe

Cumberland senior Curtis Hoppe earned Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday, allowing one run on five hits in a 4-1 victory at Georgetown College.

The Mt. Juliet native retired the side in order in the third and fifth innings and allowed one baserunner in the second, fourth and sixth, but only one of those runners reached second base. He gave up a single and a walk in the first inning but struck out Jake Purkins to end that frame.

Cumberland led the contest 1-0 heading to the seventh before scoring three times in the top of the inning. Georgetown plated its only run of the contest in the bottom of the seventh, but Hoppe got a groundout and a lineout to end the contest before the Tigers could get the tying run to the plate. He threw just 73 pitches in the victory.

Hoppe improved to 4-2 with a 4.19 ERA this season over 11 appearances (four starts) and 34.1 innings of work. He has allowed 27 hits with 41 strikeouts and a .216 opponent batting average.

Cumberland will play at 10th-ranked Bryan College on Tuesday at 5 p.m. CDT before finishing the home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Campbellsville University.

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Schools presents capital plans

Local preacher Greg Locke’s social media post goes viral

Wilson County Schools leaders discussed the district’s capital outlay plan for renovations and construction last Thursday during a joint work session with the education and budget committees.
The comprehensive plan examined all buildings owned by Wilson County Schools and highlighted needed improvements over the next one to 10 years, with some projects listed as critical.

Mickey Hall detailed items in the plan during Thursday’s work session, noting the plan could be considered a five to six year plan based on the preferred timing of certain projects and growth in the district.

The plan addresses needs at a majority of Wilson County schools, the transportation department, MAP Academy, central office and future schools.

Plans for heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements were listed for a majority of the schools. Some listed school improvements included upgrades to athletic facilities, rooftops, doors and more.

The plan would cost around $780 million if fully funded as presented Thursday night.

The Wilson County Schools design team determined the preliminary estimated costs of projects, which fell into categories based on importance, with two projects – the new high school in Mt. Juliet and a Wilson Central High School HVAC renovation – listed as critical.

The Wilson County Commission approved $1.55 million last year for Wilson County Schools to conduct design services for the potential new high school in Mt. Juliet. The design authorization does not signify the groups’ commitment to spend $110 million for a new high school, which is the estimated cost.

The HVAC renovation project at Wilson Central is estimated to cost $7.5 million.

Two of the more distinct projects include Watertown Middle School and Lakeview Elementary School.

Hall noted parts of Watertown Middle School still in use were built in 1937.

Hall said the major renovation plan for the school would address accessibility and safety.

“We don’t have an elevator where you can get people from one floor to all floors. If you’re in a wheelchair, you can get to two. You can’t get to three, and you really can’t get to the bottom of the hill in an ADA compliant situation,” Hall said.

The district would remove the school’s current theater and classrooms under the theater and insert a new, bigger theater and classrooms, as well as an entrance outside the area to allow students elevator access to all floors.

The renovation would also add a new library.

Hall said Lakeview has had one renovation in 25 years and the plans call for a renovation to ease accessibility outside and within the school building.

The renovation would renovate the school’s kitchen and add a hallway behind the school’s gym for easier access through the school. The district will also look to purchase one or two pieces of adjoining property and build a loop road around the back of the school to alleviate traffic concerns.

Hall also discussed the need for a special needs facility for the district.

“We have over 3,000 kids with some form of special needs. It could just be speech. It could be severe. It could be in one of the big wheelchairs, ventilator and everything else. We really think, from a behavioral standpoint, we need a special needs facility,” said Hall, who said districts across the country have created a similar facility.

“We have a lot of situations that this facility could help these kids figure out what’s going on and get them back in the classroom. It would almost be like a hospital,” he said.

The plan also includes the district’s desired digital conversion plan and funding for the new high school in Mt. Juliet.

By Xavier Smith

Illinois team edges Lady Wildcats 7-5

George Page • Mt. Juliet News
Mt. Juliet shortstop Tyffany Cargile can’t get the tag down on Wilson Central’s Sydnee Richetto on a first-inning steal of second base.

GLADEVILLE — Washington (Ill.) held off Wilson Central 7-5 in a back-and-forth affair as part of the Warrior Classic on Monday night.

Though the game was played at Wilson Central, Washington won the coin flip to serve as the home team.

Thus, the Lady Wildcats batted first and struck first on a Kaylee Richetto first-inning RBI triple after Kenzie Meador singled.

Washington tied the score in the bottom of the first on a walk, sacrifice bunt, stolen base and groundout against Ashley Foster.

Central scored twice in the second on a double error for a 3-1 lead.

A two-out double pulled Washington into a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the third.

Grayce Guethlein’s bases-loaded two-run single to center field put Central back in front 5-3 in the fifth.

But Washington rallied for four scores in the bottom of the fifth against reliever Cassidy Davis on a double, error, groundout, walk, single, throwing error, another groundout and another single.

Central loaded the bases in the sixth before Washington’s center fielder hauled in Morgan Stokes’ fly ball to deep right center to end the game as time expired.

Lady Bears double up Central 4-2

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet took a first-inning lead and Alyssa Costley made it stand in a 4-2 Lady Bear victory over Wilson Central on Tuesday night.

Gabby Faccadio’s liner to center field scored two for a 2-0 Lady Bear lead. Costley’s single made it 3-0.

Central got a run back in the fourth when Kaylee Richetto came home on an error. The Lady Wildcats pulled to within a run in the sixth on Morgan Stokes’ towering homer to left field.

Mt. Juliet got an insurance score in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double to right by pinch-hitter Kailey Brimm.

Central threatened in the seventh with two singles before Costley extricated herself with a couple of popups as Mt. Juliet, under first-year coach Hailey Knepp, improved to 7-3.

Stokes and Kenzie Meardor each had two hits for the Lady Wildcats, who slipped to 6-8 despite outhitting Mt. Juliet 7-5.

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Smith pitches Bears past Station Camp

GALLATIN — Ethan Smith allowed two hits for six innings Tuesday night to lead visiting Mt. Juliet past Station Camp 6-1.

Smith struck out six and walked two to improve to 3-0. Brayden Osborne pitched the as the Golden Bears improved to 9-0 for the season and 2-0 in District 9-AAA.

Mt. Juliet took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and tacked on single scores in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh, more than offsetting Station Camp’s run in the fourth as the Bison slipped to 6-2, 1-1.

Eric Rice doubled among his three hits and drove in two runs. Trevor Vestal also singled twice and doubled, knocking in one score. Dylan Kasper doubled, singled and picked up an RBI. Aidan Raines tripled.

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Central suffers first loss of season

Andy Reed • Mt. Juliet News
Wilson Central pitcher Aaron Hubbell on the mound against Lebanon.

Corey Jones’ squeeze bunt in the bottom of the sixth inning scored Brady Chappell from third base was the difference in a 2-1 Lebanon win over visiting Wilson Central at Brent Foster Field on Tuesday night.

The bunt broke up a pitcher’s duel between left-handers Evan Britt of Lebanon and Will Wright of Central.

Britt allowed three hits, one of which was a tying home run by Ethan Shelton in the top of the sixth, and three walks while striking out seven as he handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season after nine opening wins.

Wright gave up a third-inning run Jonathan Presley singled home Eli McDearman. Wright gave up both runs on two hits, two walks and three hit batters while striking out seven in five innings. Matthew Jenkinson struck out two in the sixth.

Lebanon, coming off a 10-1 loss at Central on Monday, pulled even at 7-7 for the season and 2-2 in District 9-AAA. The Wildcats fell to 3-1 in the league.

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Wildcats win, climb to 10-1

GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central defeated Main West (Ill.) 4-1 Friday night.

The Warriors grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning before Central tied the score in the bottom half and took the lead with two runs in the fifth. The Wildcats tacked on an insurance score in the sixth as they outhit the visitors from Des Plaines, Ill. (a Chicago suburb) 8-4.

Matthew Jenkinson pitched four innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine. Hayden Baker pitched two innings of one-hit relief for the win. Aaron Hubbell struck out the side in the seventh for the save as the Wildcats climbed to 10-1.

Gabe Jennings doubled as he, leadoff batter Cole Fergusson and No. 9-hitter Trent Wimmer had two hits each. Baker belted a triple.

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