Devils score 11 in seventh --
LEBANON -- Trailing 15-5 going into the bottom of the seventh, Lebanon rallied for an incredible 11 runs to defeat Franklin's Grace Christian 16-15 Wednesday night at Brent Foster Field.
Played as part of the Grand Slam Tournament, the game lasted well over three hours and featured a combined 26 hits, 17 walks and five hit batsmen.
Every player in the Blue Devil batting order had at least one hit while the two teams used four pitchers each.
"Our kids never quit," said LHS coach Will Wakefield. "It didn't start in the seventh. The rally started in the fourth inning. We dug ourselves a 6-2 hole but we never stopped playing.
"We'd had a lot of bad breaks early but things flipped there in the seventh."
All told, LHS sent 17 batters to the plate in the seventh inning as freshman catcher Copeland Bradford started things off with a walk, followed by a ringing double by Mark McDearman. Leadoff man Kohl Finch then doubled in a run.
Jake Jewell was hit by a pitch and Luke Bradshaw drove in McDearman with a towering sacrifice fly. Sophomore DH Ty Bailey delivered a run with a single, then Tyler Wiggins plated another run with a single.
Thomas Bryan reached on a fielder's choice for the second out, Corey Jones walked and Bradford, hitting for the second time in the inning, reached on an infield error.
McDearman singled in a run, Finch reached on a deep wind-blown fly to left and Jewell (the eventual winning run) loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Bradshaw was intentionally walked and Bailey drew a walk to load the bases.
Wiggins then worked the count to 1-1 before the Grace Christian pitcher uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Jewell to scamper home with the winning run -- setting off a wild celebration at the plate.
Sophomore Sam Lewis (1-0), Lebanon's fourth pitcher of the night, picked up the decision with 1.1 innings of relief, allowing five hits and four runs with one strike out one and no walks.
Senior lefty Evan Britt started and lasted three innings, scattering four hits, striking out six and walking three.
Britt was followed to the mound by Wyatt Simmons (three walks in one-third of an inning) and Jake Ferguson (on hits, three K's and three walks in 2.3 innings) before Lewis entered the game.
Clean-up hitter Bailey finished the game 4-for-5 with a walk and three RBI while Bradshaw went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBI.
Finch, Jewell, Wiggins, Jones and McDearman each had a pair of hits while Bryan doubled and Bradford singled in a run.
Sully Christian paced the Grace Christian attack with a 3-for-4 night, driving in four runs. Kitch Cash also drove in four runs on a pair of singles and a based loaded walk.
Weather permitting, Lebanon (2-0) is scheduled to host Science Hill Thursday at 6 p.m. in another Grand Slam Tournament contest.
"This makes the second night in a row our offense has bailed out our pitching staff," Wakefield said. "We've got to do a better job of getting ahead in the count."
Thursday's 6 p.m. home game versus Science Hill has been cancelled due to weather concerns.
Magnolia (MS) 5, Mt. Juliet 3
MT. JULIET -- Down 3-2, Magnolia High (MS) rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh on the way to a 5-3 victory over Mt. Juliet Wednesday in the Grand Slam Tournament.
With the loss, the Golden Bears dropped to 1-1 on the season. Thursday's 4 p.m. home game versus Franklin's Grace Christian has been cancelled due to weather concerns.
Mt. Juliet managed just three hits while Magnolia hitters had only three hits off four Golden bear pitchers.
Reliever Hayden Robbins (0-1) was tagged with the loss, walking two, striking out two in one inning of work.
Robbins went 1-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs. Nelson Buckland drove in a run with a hit and stole a base while Steven Jarrell drove in a run with a single.