Six Wildcats qualify for state track and field meet

BRENTWOOD — Three Wilson Central individuals and a relay team qualified for the state meet during Section 3 action Friday and Saturday at Ravenwood.

The top four finishers in each event qualified for the state meet which will go off May 24 at the Dean Hayes Stadium at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro.

Wilson Central’s individual results with top four advancing to state:

Boys’ 1,600 meters—1. Baylor Franklin, 4:32.87

Boys’ 800 meters—1. Baylor Franklin, 1:57.5

Boys’ discus—2. Kolin Miller, 158-10 (school and personal record)

Boys’ shot put—3. Kolin Miller, 47-1 (personal record)

Girls’ discus—2. Zoe Vlk, 133-8 (personal and school record)

Girls’ shot put—2. Zoe Vlk, 42-2.5 (personal and school record)

Boys’ 4-by-400 relay—3. Wilson Central (Kenard “KJ” Laribo, Grant Pody, Justin Smith, Baylor Franklin), 3:28.12 (school record)

Boys’ 400 meters—5. Kenard “KJ” Laribo, :50.3 (personal record)

Girls’ long jump—5. Jayce Hitt, 15-11

Girls’ high jump—6. Olivia Lanius, 4-8

Boys’ long jump—8. Garrett Todd, 19-4.5

Boys’ 4-by-800 relay—8. Wilson Central (Russell Riggan, Andrew Farber, Jason Block, Grant Pody), 8:35.74

Wilson Central’s boys finished fourth out of 32 teams with 49 points. The girls were 12th out of 29 with 22.

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Disastrous fifth seals Central’s season-ending fate

HENDERSONVILLE — Portland scored eight times in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday to turn a one-run edge into a nine-run lead as the Lady Panthers eliminated Wilson Central from the District 9-AAA tournament 14-6 at Drakes Creek Park.

The Lady Panthers turned four singles, a double, two errors, a walk and a hit batter blew the game open to a 12-3 lead. They led 2-0 midway through the second before Wilson Central went up 3-2 in the bottom of the second on back-to-back bases-loaded wild pitches and Sydnee Richetto’s RBI liner to center field.

Two errors, a double and a single put Portland up 4-3 in the third.

Kinsley Blackfox singled to center to score Kaylee Richetto and bring Central within 12-4 in the fifth.

Maddie Michaelson singled and scored on Kaylee Richetto’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. Morgan Stokes singed a single to center to plate Shelby Moore.

Portland got two more scores in the seventh on two errors sandwiched around a hit batter and an error.

Kaylee Richetto pitched into the fifth and took the loss as the Lady Wildcats concluded a 15-16 season. The Richetto sisters, Stokes, Blackfox and Julia Barnett each banged out two hits.

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Costley pitches 2-hit shutout of Lebanon as MJ returns to 9-AAA final

HENDERSONVILLE — Alyssa Costley held Lebanon to two singles and Makayla Draper and Gabby Faccadio homered to lead Mt. Juliet to a 3-0 win in the District 9-AAA winner’s bracket final Wednesday night at Drakes Creek Park.

Costley walked one and struck out four, allowing only a single by Morgan Jones off her leg and an infield hit by Aaryn Grace Lester.

Draper homered with a runner on base in the fourth inning off Addison Fuller, who pitched the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits. Faccadio went deep in the sixth off reliever Carlie Fox, who went the final 1 2/3 as the Lady Devils dropped to 24-14.

Mt. Juliet clinched a spot in the Region 5-AAA tournament and was one win from repeating as district champion.

But the Lady Bears never got that next win as Beech beat them twice in the district final.

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Lady Bears ousted with 5-1 loss at Henry County

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District 9-AAA softball runners-up Mt. Juliet Lady Bears

PARIS — Henry County broke a tie with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday night and the Lady Patriots went on to defeat Mt. Juliet 5-1 in the Region 5-AAA tournament opener.

The teams were tied 1-1 before Henry took charge against Lady Bear pitcher Alyssa Costley.

Henry County will face Beech in the region championship game Wednesday and play in a sectional Friday while Mt. Juliet’s season is over.

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Golden Bears rally to 9-AAA flag

It was a happier group of Mt. Juliet Golden Bears after they won their 10th District 9-AAA championship in the last 13 years last week.

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet rallied from a first-inning deficit to take the District 9-AAA championship with a 6-3 win over Wilson Central on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats led 3-0 midway through the first inning against left-hander Warren Lee, who persevered through four innings to get the win and improve to 4-0.

John Dyer pitched two innings before Brayden Osborne threw the seventh for his ninth save as the Golden Bears improved to 29-4 for the season.

Thomas Fullerton drove in two runs and Osborne one on two hits each while Dylan Kasper singled in the tying run in the fourth inning.

Mt. Juliet outhit Central 8-5. All of the Golden Bear hits were singles off Hayden Baker, Britt White and Jared Smith.

Baker pitched the first three innings and left with a 3-2 edge before Mt. Juliet reached White for three runs (two earned) on two hits without recording an out in the fourth as he took the loss.

Gabe Jennings had two of Central’s hits. Connor Sullivan and Jackson Odette doubled. Sullivan had the Wildcats’ only RBI as the other runs came home on an error.

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Central upsets Clarksville, Bears stunned by Rossview


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Mt. Juliet’s Steven Jarrell (9) walks away after the final out as Golden Bear coach Mark Purvis goes out to congratulate Rossview’s coaches after the Hawks stunned the state’s top-ranked Golden Bears 4-0 Monday night in the Region 5-AAA tournament.

Five nights after Mt. Juliet and Clarksville won district championships to earn first-round Region 5-AAA home games, Wilson Central and Rossview showed the road isn’t a bad place to be after both pulled stunning upsets Monday night.

Wilson Central, one year after losing at home in this game as the District 9-AAA champion, held off a late rally from District 10 champion Clarksville 6-3 while Rossview, two years after beating Mt. Juliet in the rain, enjoyed perfect weather in shutting out the state’s top-ranked Golden Bears 4-0.

The Wildcats (Wilson Central version) scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning. They added single scores in the third and fourth frames before blowing the game open temporarily with three scores in the top of the sixth.

Aaron Hubbell pitched 5 2/3 innings for Central with six strikeouts.

Ethan Shelton drove in two runs while Gabe Jennings had two of Central’s six hits.

Clarksville collected 10 hits but left the bases loaded at the end of the game as Central returned home with a 23-12 record.

The Wildcats returned to Montgomery County on Tuesday to face Rossview in the region final. Region finals are scheduled for Wednesday, but several moved their games to Tuesday because of rain in the forecast. Tuesday’s winner will play host to a sectional Friday while the runner-up goes on the road. Brentwood and/or Ravenwood will come out of Region 6.

The Hawks jumped to a 2-0 first-inning lead on a hit, hit batter and an error against Mt. Juliet starter Cade Hoppe. The Hawks added another run in the fifth as they chased Hoppe for John Dyer. They tacked on one final run in the sixth.

Meanwhile, Mt. Juliet had just five hits. Two of the hits came in the third as Dylan Kasper singled and made his way to third on a Tyler Vestal single but was stranded as the Golden Bears finished a 29-5 season.

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Wildcats’ Mercante repeats as district champ

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Wilson Central’s two-time district tennis champion Michael Mercante.

HENDERSONVILLE – The Wilson Central tennis team had an impressive showing in the District 9 – Large Division individual tournament last Wednesday, as a trio of Wildcats advanced to the Region 5 tournament.

Wilson Central junior, Michael Mercante, took home his second-consecutive singles crown with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Station Camp freshman Lance Watson.

Mercante, who was named the district’s Most Valuable Player, narrowly defeated Watson 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 the last time the two squared off three weeks ago.

This time, however, Mercante aggressively controlled play from the baseline as he worked Watson from side to side throughout the match.

Juniors Jacey Staggs and Savannah Westbrook claimed a hard fought semifinal against Hendersonville’s Emory Creager and Katie Lee 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2 to advance to the district finals. However, the finals did not work out in favor of the Lady Wildcats.

Staggs and Westbrook fell to Hendersonville’s Caroline Miller and Audrey Spurlock 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) to finish runners up.

Mercante dominated play throughout the week by dropping only seven games en route to the title.

In the semifinals, Mercante eased to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Hendersonville’s Stephen Pate before dispatching Watson. 

The junior raced out to the 5-2 lead in the first set against Watson, and after being down 2-1 in the second set, Mercante claimed five of the last six games for the win.

“I think the experience of being here before really helped me today,” Mercante, who, last year, won the regional tournament and advanced to the state semifinals, said.

“I went into the match just playing aggressive because that’s what I needed to do against Lance and I think my experience allowed me to be comfortable in doing that.”

After a sluggish semifinal, Staggs and Westbrook played inspired tennis to grab the opening set of the finals, but Miller (who paired with Grace Phillips last year to advance to the state semifinals in doubles) and Spurlock managed to claw back by taking the first three games of the second set as the Hendersonville duo comfortably held the second set.

Staggs and Westbrook fell behind early, trailing 4-2 and down 15-40, but managed to claw back to take the game and to tie the match up at four all.

Down 5-6 late, a Westbrook service hold forced a tiebreaker for the third set, and the Lady Wildcats took the opening three points of the breaker.

However, two missed shots from the Wilson Central duo brought new life to Hendersonville, and Miller and Spurlock took seven of the last eight points to close the match.

“It was a good day for our program overall in that we have multiple people heading to the regional tournament,” Wilson Central coach Ryan Jent said.

“Michael played a great match and he looks to be in his best form of the season, and I think Jacey and Savannah realize that they can beat anyone in our region as long as they believe in themselves.”

Wilson Central senior Andrew Denning opened his district tournament by upending Greenbrier’s Griffin Maddox 6-3, 6-4 in the second round, but fell to Lebanon’s Tyler Garvin 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the next round.

Wilson Central junior Abby Moser dropped Portland’s Bethanie Bergman 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, but fell to the fifth seed Riquera Smith of Mt. Juliet 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2.

Junior Sydney Miller and freshman Ashlynn Staggs opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Mt. Juliet’s Lydia Brandes and Cecilia Demoski, but fell to Miller and Spurlock 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.

Senior Braden Hammer and freshman AJ Hughes took down Portland’s Jacob Tonkin and Ian Wells 6-1, 6-0 in the opening round before falling to top seeded Chase Dorris and Camden Foster of Beech 6-1, 6-2.

Freshmen Caleb Brown and Tobey Simpson fell 6-0, 6-1 to White House’s Hayden Evans and Jacob Jenkins in the opening round.

Wilson Central sophomore Kiersten Moss dropped her opening round match to Lebanon’s Nicole Bashour 6-4, 6-3.

The regional tournament will begin May 14 in Clarksville.

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Lady Wildcats fall in finale

PORTLAND — A sixth-inning grand slam broke the game open Friday night as Portland doubled up Wilson Central 10-5 in the Lady Wildcats’ regular-season finale.

Central finished as the No. 5 seed in the District 9-AAA tournament and will travel to Station Camp on Monday for a 7 p.m. game to open the tourney. The double-elimination event will shift to Hendersonville’s Drakes Creek Park beginning Tuesday.

The Lady Wildcats jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Kaylee Richetto hit a three-run homer to left field.

But Portland strung together four singles, a walk and a hit batter to take a 4-3 edge, chasing Central starter Kassidy Davis for Kaylee Richetto.

Central pulled even in the second on Morgan Stokes’ RBI ground single to center field.

After the Lady Wildcats failed to take advantage of a Grayce Guethlein leadoff double to the center-field fence in the top of the third, the Lady Panthers took a 5-4 lead in the bottom half on a couple of singles.

Kinsley Blackfox’ RBI single to left pulled Central into a 5-5 tie in the top of the sixth before Portland used a single and double in the bottom half to go back up by one.

Stokes had three hits and Kaylee Richetto and Shelby Moore each had two for the Lady Wildcats, who were outhit 11-9. Richetto drew two intentional walks.

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Wilson Central stops Station Camp 6-1

GALLATIN — No. 5-seed Wilson Central stopped No. 4, and host, Station Camp 6-1 in the opening round of the District 9-AAA tournament Monday night.

Julia Barnett was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to stake the Lady Wildcats to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Kinsley Blackfox scored on a fourth-inning single by Alaina Morris, who in turn came home on Sydnee Richetto’s double to center field for a 3-1 lead.

Station Camp cut the margin to 3-1 on a single and double in the fifth.

Central put the Lady Bison away with three in the seventh. Morgan Stokes singled up the middle to score Kenzie Meador. Barnett singled to center to plate Richetto. Gracie Hill came home on a wild pitch.

Stokes and Richetto each had two hits as Central finished with eight.

Kassidy Davis pitched 6 1/3 innings for the win before Kaylee Richetto recorded the final two outs to complete the five-hitter as the Lady Wildcats climbed to 15-14 for the season.

Central faced top-seed Mt. Juliet on Tuesday in the second round at Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville.

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Mt. Juliet run-rules Portland 13-3

MT. JULIET — After waiting out a 24-hour rain delay, top-seeded Mt. Juliet rained 13 runs on Portland in a 13-3 run-rule victory in the opening round of the District 9-AAA tournament Sunday night.

The Golden Bears scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and tallied in three of their four at-bats, capped by a seven-spot in the fourth as they accumulated eight hits.

Dylan Kasper drove in four runs on a sacrifice fly and a double from the No. 9 hole. Cade Hoppe had two RBI. Thomas Fullerton and Eric Rice each racked up a pair of hits as the Golden Bears improved to 26-4 going into Monday night’s second round game against Station Camp, which walked off with a 9-8 win over Lebanon in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday after waiting out a rain delay in the third inning with the teams tied 4-4.

Lebanon and Station Camp battled in a loser’s bracket game Monday afternoon.

Grayson Cole pitched the full five innings to improve to 7-1 for Mt. Juliet. He allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three.

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Dyer, Bears slam Station Camp 11-0

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John Dyer (24) tips his helmet (or simply takes it off) as he arrives at home plate at the end of his second-inning grand slam against Station Camp on Monday.

MT. JULIET — Tennessee’s No. 1-ranked team continued to bulldoze through the District 9-AAA tournament with an 11-0 run-rule of Station Camp on Monday night.

John Dyer drilled a grand slam during a seven-run second inning. Mt. Juliet finished off the Bison with four scores in the fourth as the Golden Bears advanced to 27-4 going into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. bracket final.

Station Camp will face Lebanon in the loser’s final at 4 p.m. Tuesday with the survivors taking on Mt. Juliet at 7.

Ethan Smith allowed three hits in four innings, striking out six, to improve to 8-0. Brayden Osborne surrendered a hit in the fifth and final frame.

Mt. Juliet finished with seven hits, including doubles by Cade Hoppe and Cal Burgett. Burgett and Dalton Earheart each had two hits.

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Central run-rules Hendersonville on Senior Night

GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central celebrated Senior Night by run-ruling Hendersonville 17-6 Monday.

Sydnee Richetto drove in four runs during a 5-for-5 night, which included a pair of doubles. Sister Kaylee Richetto racked up three RBI as she and Julia Barnett each banged out two of Central’s 16 hits as the Lady Wildcats climbed to 13-12 for the season and 5-6 in District 9-AAA going into a Tuesday trip to Beech.

The Lady Commandos jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on two singles, a walk, an error and a groundout.

Central responded with eight in the bottom of the second, beginning with Kaylee Richetto’s two-run tying double. Alaina Morris dropped in an RBI single to put the Lady Wildcats ahead to stay. Grayce Guethlein followed with an RBI single with Morris coming home on an overthrow.

Sydnee Richetto, who started the second with a double, got her second two-bagger to center field to score two more before. Kenzie Meador, hit by a pitch earlier, gets her second plate appearance of the inning without an at-bat by delivering a sacrifice fly.

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MJ pitching too Costley for LHS

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First-year Mt. Juliet coach Hailey Knepp contragulates freshman Gabby Faccadio on her two-run homer in the fifth inning which turned out to be the difference in the Lady Bears’ 2-1 win at Lebanon on Thursday.

Gabby Faccadio’s fifth-inning home run was enough offense for Alyssa Costley to pitch Mt. Juliet to a 2-1 win at Lebanon on Thursday.

Faccadio’s home run to left field came following a one-out error.

Bailey Lasater’s blast to center field in the bottom of the fifth cut the margin in half, but Costley worked around four singles and a double as Mt. Juliet defeated the District 9-AAA-leading Lady Devils for the second time this season. But LHS still leads MJ at 10-2 in the district while the Lady Bears are 8-3.

Costley struck out three and walked one.

Lebanon’s Carlie Fox pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing both runs on seven hits. Following a single after the Faccadio homer, Addison Fuller came on to fire 2 2/3 hitless innings.

Kaileigh Billington doubled for the Lady Bears while Makayla Draper singled twice and Costley, Tyffany Cargile and Camryn Cernuto once each.

Kyliegh Burton doubled for the Lady Devils while Lasater, Madi Kimble, Briana Nagelhout and Casey Fox singled.

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Bears beat Wilson Central 3-1

GLADEVILLE — John Dyer’s home run broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning Friday night.

A different kind of fireworks erupted in the bottom of the inning which saw a Wilson Central rally terminated and its coach ejected in what turned out to be a 3-1 Mt. Juliet win.

After huddling, the umpires ruled a diving catch in left-center field by Thomas Fullerton, which kept the Wildcats from tying the game and resulted in a double play at second base. Wilson Central coach Anthony Ford argued the call and was ejected, likely resulting in a two-game TSSAA-mandated suspension.

Trevor Vestal singled in two more Mt. Juliet runs in the top of the seventh inning, which kept the Golden Bears out of harm’s way when Wilson Central finally tallied in the bottom half on Matthew Jenkinson’s RBI double.

Dyer’s first home run against left-hander Will Wright broke up a scoreless duel between Wright and fellow lefty Cade Hoppe.

Hoppe came on with two out in the second inning after starter Jake Fitzgibbons struggled with his control with four walks and a hit batter. Central had left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two more in the second. Hoppe allowed one hit (to Connor Sullivan) and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings to pick up the win and improve to 2-0. Brayden Osborne recorded the final four outs to earn his eighth save despite Central’s late score.

Wright allowed all three runs (two earned) on four hits and five walks while striking out three in six innings. Britt White gave up two hits in the seventh.

Dyer finished with half of Mt. Juliet’s three hits, including the home run and a double.

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Vestal walks Mt. Juliet off with 6-5 victory over Lebanon

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Mt. Juliet’s Dalton Earheart tags out Lebanon’s Kohl Finch at third base in the third inning Monday night.

MT. JULIET — Trevor Vestal’s RBI single to center field in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Mt. Juliet to a 6-5 Senior Night win over Lebanon on Monday night.

The Blue Devils led the state’s No. 1-ranked team (No. 2 in another poll) 5-3 before Thomas Fullerton’s two-run double tied the score in the fifth. Vestal’s hit lifted Mt. Juliet to 24-4 for the season and 12-1 in District 9-AAA going into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. regular-season finale at Lebanon’s Brent Foster Field for the Blue Devils’ Senior Night.

Vestal and John Dyer, two of the Golden Bears’ nine seniors, had early RBIs as Mt. Juliet overcame a 1-0 Lebanon lead to go up 3-1 through two innings. The Blue Devils scored three times in the third and once in the fourth. Chase Birdwell led Lebanon’s eight-hit offense with a double and two RBI.

Fullerton finished with three hits and Vestal and Dyer two each as Mt. Juliet notched nine hits.

Dyer pitched the final 2 2/3 innings for the win to improve to 3-0. Starter Grayson Cole was chased after two innings before Warren Lee worked 2 1/3 innings. Due to three Mt. Juliet errors, only one Lebanon run was earned.

Austin Brown pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to take the loss after start Brady Chappell worked the first four.

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Central’s Franklin wins 800 at Eastern Relays

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Lebanon High freshman Brady Duncan and Mt. Juliet sophomore Mason Huddleston won the high school BASS South Central Regional championship on Old Hickory Lake with 16.9 pounds, earning an automatic berth to the nationals in August.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Wilson Central’s boys finished 12th out of 63 teams and the girls 27th out of 567 in the Eastern Relays at the University of Louisville last Friday and Saturday.

Baylor Franklin won the 800 meters in 1:54.67.

Zoe Vlk was second in the girls’ shot put with a throw of 39-2.25. She was fifth in the discus with a throw of 114-3.

Kolin Miller was fourth in the boys’ discus with a throw of 146 feet. He was 11th in the shot put with a toss of 43-10.

Garrett Todd finished fourth in the long jump with a school-record distance of 22 feet, 3.5 inches.

Aundres Trotter was ninth in the open discus with a toss of 104-9.

Jayce Hitt was 13th in the long jump with a jump of 15-6.5.

The foursome of Franklin, Russell Riggan, Jason Block and Grant Pody was 14th in the 4-by-800 relay in 8:35.11.

Riggan was 34th in the 800 in 2:04.39.

Pody finished 52nd in the 3,200-meter run in 9:47.41.

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Gallatin complete sweep of Central

GLADEVILLE — Gallatin completed a two-game District 9-AAA series sweep of Wilson Central with a 7-5 win Friday night.

The Lady Wave took a 4-3 lead with two scores in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single to center field by Kemiah Michel and a bases-loaded walk by Haley Barnes on a full count. Another Michel single to center in the fifth made it 5-3 and two singles opened the margin to 7-3 in the sixth.

The Lady Wildcats rallied in the bottom of the seventh when Grayce Guethlein reached on an error and Shelby Moore doubled. Kinsley Blackfox’s single to right field scored both before a popout ended the game.

Central took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Guethlein walked with two out. Her courtesy runner, Gracie Hill, came home on an error.

Gallatin tied the score in the third on two singles and a run-scoring error.

Blackfox reached on an error in the third and scored on Kaylee Richetto’s triple to right. Morgan Stokes’ sacrifice fly to deep center field plated Richetto for a 3-1 Lady Wildcat lead.

Gallatin scored three times in the fourth to take the lead as Kassidy Davis relieved Central starter Ashley Foster with two out and eventually drew the loss.

Sidney Link beat Central for the second time in as many nights, striking out 10.

Central outhit Gallatin 9-5.

The Lady Wildcats were rained out at Station Camp on Monday with no makeup date announced.

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MJCA dominates in DH sweep 11-1, 19-0

MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian dominated Hendersonville Christian 11-1 and 19-0 Tuesday.

Caitlyn Smith was the winning pitcher in the first game and had two hits at the plate, as did Kinsley Barga and Savannah Brewer.

Samantha Clarke collected the win in the second game and helped her cause with a bases-loaded triple. Smith tripled, doubled and singled. Megan Blackwell, K.J. Alsup and Maddie Eaglen also had hits for the Lady Saints.

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Sydnee grand slam caps Lady ‘Cats’ 8-run comeback

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Wilson Central coach Melissa Weiland is all smiles as she is passed by Sydnee Richetto on her seventh-inning grand slam, capping the Lady Wildcats’eight-run rally in the seventh inning against Mt. Juliet.

GLADEVILLE — Mt. Juliet won the first six innings Tuesday night.

But Wilson Central freshman Sydnee Richetto made that irrelevant when she began the bottom of the seventh inning with a single and ended it with a walk-off grand slam to launch the Lady Wildcats past their arch-rival 10-6.

The Lady Bears led 6-2 when Richetto grounded a single to deep shortstop. She scored on Kenzie Meador’s triple. Kaylee Richetto singled her sister home but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.

Morgan Stokes began a new rally with a single. Singles by Alaina Morris and Julia Barnett filled the bases. Singles by Grayce Guethlein and Kinsley Blackfox tied the score and left the bases loaded.

Following a popup for the second out, Sydnee Richetto slammed the Lady Bears with her blast over the center-field wall.

Cassidy Davis pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win, allowing a run on three hits. Alyssa Costley pitched the full 6 2/3 innings for the loss.

The Lady Bears began building their lead in the third inning when singles by Camryn Cernuto and Molly Back sandwiched a sacrifice bunt by Savannah Cole for a 1-0 lead.

Singles by Moore, Sydnee Richetto and Meador filled the bases with Lady Wildcats in the fifth before Kaylee Richetto’s sacrifice fly to center field sent Moore home with the tying run.

Lexi Stafford singled in the Mt. Juliet sixth. Gabby Faccadio was hit by a pitch and Tyffany Cargile reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Costley’s single to center broke the tie. Makayla Draper’s fielder’s choice plated Faccadio with Cargile out at third.

Cernuto walked to re-fill the bases for Cole, whose single to left scored Costley and Draper for a 5-1 lead. Davis came on for starter Ashley Foster and induced a 3-6 double play to end the threat.

Central got one run back in the bottom of the sixth when Morris singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Barnett’s dropped fly ball.

Mt. Juliet got that score back in the top of the seventh when Kayleigh Billington singled and, following a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch, scored on Cargile’s infield bloop single.

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Central splits games in Trojan Classic

CHATTANOOGA — After losing the first game of the Trojan Classic on a walk-off grand slam Friday, Wilson Central bounced back with a 15-2 trouncing of host Chattanooga Christian.

The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Matthew Jenkinson surrendered both Chattanooga Christian runs, including a homer, in the bottom of the first before holding the Chargers scoreless the rest of the five-inning game, allowing two hits total.

The Wildcats took their time blowing the game open, getting two runs in the third, three in the fourth and seven in the fifth to finish with 14 hits, including five homers.

Jackson Odette hit two home runs and a double, driving in five runs. Jenkinson, Ethan Shelton and Connor Sullivan also went deep. Shelton drive in three runs while Jenkinson and Sullivan each had two RBI. Jenkinson and Gabe Jennings doubled among two hits each. Cole Fergusson doubled while Aaron Hubbell singled twice as the Wildcats climbed to 17-6.

Central began the day with a 9-6 loss to Gwinnett (Ga.) as the Barons hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to tag Hayden Baker with the loss.

Baker pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief of starter Jared Smith. The runs were unearned. Smith surrendered five runs (three earned) on eight hits in two innings as he was chased during a four-run third inning.

The teams traded first-inning runs before Gwinnett took a 5-1 lead in the third. Central surged for five runs in the fifth for a 6-5 edge.

Shelton drove in three runs on a double and single while Jennings had two RBI on a double and two singles. Jenkinson doubled and singled.

Central was outhit 12-10.

The Wildcats returned home for a home-and-home District 9-AAA series with Mt. Juliet on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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