Lebanon 11, Green Hill 1
LEBANON - Senior right-hander Logan Sullivan threw a five-inning one-hitter as No. 2 seed Lebanon (18-17) knocked off No. 3-seeded Green Hill 11-1 in Monday's semifinal opener at Brent Foster Field.
The best-of-three series shifts to North Mt. Juliet Tuesday with the "if necessary" game slated for a return to Lebanon Wednesday.
Sullivan threw only 68 pitches, 43 for strikes, while allowing just an RBI single by Green Hill's Adam Partin in the top of the fourth. Sullivan finished with two strikeouts and three walks.
The Blue Devils sent 16 batters to the plate in a big 10-run bottom of the third inning -- rapping out eight hits, drawing three walks and a hit batsman -- and taking advantage of two Green Hill errors.
Brody Hays had a three-run double for LHS and Copeland Bradford contributed a two-run double.
Leadoff man Jackson Lea went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs while Connor Gannon and Denton Dodson each had RBI singles.
Sullivan helped his own cause with an RBI triple.
Green Hill starter Carter Lee worked three innings and absorbed the loss. He allowed nine earned runs and nine hits and four walks.
Mt. Juliet 2, Cookeville 0
MT. JULIET - Tennessee signee Austin Hunley overpowered Cookeville with a two-hit shutout as Mt. Juliet defeated the Cavaliers 2-0 in Monday's semifinal opener at the Mel Brown Athletic Complex.
The best-of-three series shifts to Cookeville Tuesday with the "if necessary" game slated back at Mt. Juliet Wednesday.
Hunley threw only 78 pitches (56 strikes) while striking out 10. He did not walk a batter.
The Golden Bears (25-9-1) scored the only runs they would need in the bottom of the third as Baylor Osborne led off the inning with a triple and eventually scored on a safety squeeze by Easton Krenzke.
Justin Lee followed with a double off the wall, but Krenzke was thrown out at third.
Lee moved to third on a passed ball, then scores on a wild pitch by Cookeville pitcher Braden Hawn.
Hawn allowed only six hits and one earned run. He struck out three and walked a batter.
Watertown 8, Westmoreland 0
WATERTOWN - Four Watertown High School pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout Monday as the No. 1-seeded Purple Tigers defeated No. 4 Westmoreland 8-0 to open a semifinal series of the District 6-2A tournament.
Alec Whitlock (three innings), Charlie Mitchell (two), Zack Self (one) and Kendal Bayse (one) shared the mound duties, striking out nine Eagle batters and walking just two.
Anthony Leath had the only hit for Westmoreland - an infield single to lead off the fourth.
Lance Fripp's two-run double highlighted a five-run first inning for Watertown (20-9).
Watertown tacked on two more runs in the second, and one in the fourth -- finishing with nine hits.
Mason Murrell drove in two as he, Fripp and Kaden Seay each had a pair of hits for the Purple Tigers.
Mitchell had a double and Kwame Seay scored two runs.
Westmoreland starter Troy Gass faced six batters without registering an out. He was followed to the mound by Dakota Dufresne and Colin Johnson.
The series shifts to Westmoreland Tuesday with the "if necessary" contest being scheduled back at Watertown Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m.
No. 3 seeded Smith County was playing No. 2 Cannon County for a series with the series winners meeting in a one-game playoff for the district title later this week.
Both finalists advance to the Region 3-2A tournament.