MURFREESBORO — Mt. Juliet defeated Science Hill 4-1 Friday at Riverdale
The Golden Bears took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning and doubled it in the fifth as they finished with six hits.
Colton Regan pitched 4 1/3 innings to win his first decision, allowing an earned run on four hits and three walks. Parker Van Avery recorded four outs before Nelson Buckland got the final four outs for his first save as Mt. Juliet improved to 2-1.
Each team had six hits. Leadoff batter Thomas Fullerton and Grayson Cole each had two singles for the Golden Bears.
Mt. Juliet loses lead in seventh, suffers first loss
MT. JULIET — Magnolia Heights scored three times in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday night to spoil Mt. Juliet’s home opener 5-3 in the Grand Slam Tournament.
The Golden Bears had just taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by Hayden Robbins and an RBI single by Steven Jarrell.
But Robbins, who relieved starter Sam Simonson to start the top of the sixth and was in line for the win, allowed two walks and both came around to score as Mt. Juliet fell to 1-1 for the three-day-old season.
Simonson allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk through five innings.
Baker, Jennings lead Central to first win
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Nick Baker threw six shutout innings and benefitted from Wilson Central’s five-run fifth inning in a 7-0 win over John Paul II (S.C.) on Tuesday.
Baker surrendered four hits with three strikeouts in six innings before Blaine Mabry worked a hitless seventh with two punchouts. Neither issued a walk.
Central scored single runs in the first and fourth innings before breaking the game open in the fifth as the Wildcats finished with five hits.
Gabe Jennings drove in four runs on a double and a single.
Wilson Central was coming off a 2-0 season-opening loss to Hernando (Miss.) on Monday in which Jackson Odette’s single was the only hit for the Wildcats, who drew three walks.
Matthew Jenkinson allowed both runs (both earned in the sixth) on three hits and a walk in six innings while striking out eight. One of the hits and runs was a homer. Gary Denton struck out two in the seventh.
Bears blank Smyrna 2-0 in opener
SMYRNA — Grayson Cole pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and got two runs in the top of the sixth inning Monday night as Mt. Juliet won its season opener 2-0 over Warren County.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at McMinnville, but was moved to Smyrna High School with the Pioneers remaining the home team.
Cole allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four for the win. Hayden Robbins recorded the final two outs for the save.
Doubles by Nelson Buckland and Dylan Kasper produced Mt. Juliet’s first run. After stealing third, Cole came home on Corey Settle’s double.
Tyler Worden also doubled among his two hits from the No. 9 hole as the Bears banged out six hits.