Tori Barrett blasted two home runs as Mt. Juliet downed cross town rival Wilson Central, 7-3. The game was tight, as Central held the lead as late as the fifth inning, but a four run sixth inning lifted the Lady Bears to victory.
Central got on the board first as Hailey Hubbell scored Rachel Tichenor on a RBI single to center. Mt. Juliet matched the run in the bottom of the inning. After getting the bases loaded, Lauren Payne put the ball in play. The throw came home, but it was too late as Shelby Woodard came in safe at the plate.
The Lady Bears took the lead in the bottom of the third. After Barrett singled to centerfield, Lauren Woodard smashed a RBI double to score her. Central took the lead back in the top of the fifth with two runs of their own. After singles by Allie Bennett and Kaitlyn Clark, Lauren Stavinoga was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Morgan Powell smashed a 2-RBI double, and Central was back in front, 3-2.
It took one swing to tie it back up, as Barrett put a line drive over the left field fence to tie the game up, 3-3. Central went three up, three down in the sixth, and the Lady Bears put the game away in the bottom of the inning. Emily Bombard started the inning off with a double to left center, and Payne reached on a bunt single. She stole second and Madison Taylor singled home both of them. Two batters later, Barrett went deep again, this time over the right center fence. Central tried to get a rally going in the seventh with two base hits and a walk, but they weren’t able to get any runs across. Lauren Woodard picked up the win for the Lady Bears, going all seven innings and striking out three.
Mt. Juliet 7 Wilson Central 3
C – 010 020 0 – 3 11 3
M – 011 014 X – 7 11 1
Morgan Powell, Hannah Bodenhorn (6) and Nicole Bailey. Lauren Woodard and Emily Bombard. W: Woodard. L: Powell. HR: Tori Barrett 2.
Mt. Juliet split four games over the weekend at the Knoxville Gibbs Tournament. The Lady Bears lost to Knoxville Central, 6-1, and Carter, 5-2. They picked up two wins against Coalfield, 1-0, and William Blount, 9-0. Central split games at the Franklin Sonic Tourmanent. Central beat David Lipscomb 10-0, but lost to Camden Central, 8-0.