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Stewart HR lifts Lady Bears to 6-5 win

Mar. 13—MT. JULIET — Hailey Stewart lined a tiebreaking home run over the right-field wall in the sixth inning Monday night as Mt. Juliet picked up its first win of the season 6-5 over Smyrna at Mike Gwaltney Field.

The Lady Bears never trailed, but found themselves in a 5-5 deadlock after Kaylee Jones drilled a three-run homer to center in the top of the fifth.

Taylor Haymans shook off the shot by allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits in a complete-game performance. The left-hander walked five (escaping a first-inning bases-loaded jam created by free passes) and struck out 10 as the Lady Bears, who lost at home to Summit last Thursday, squared their 2024 record at 1-1. She was also aided by a strike from center-fielder Chloe Younggren to catcher Savanna Schaffer to cut down a runner at the plate to end the Lady Bulldog fourth inning.

After Smyrna failed to take advantage of its first-inning opportunity, Mt. Juliet jumped on Lady Bulldog pitcher Adeza Nwogha for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Stewart doubled leading off and scored on a double by Annalise Mecklenburg, who in turn came home on Schaffer's blast to left.

Kendall Bucher singled in a third-inning run for the Lady Bears.

Mt. Juliet finished with 13 hits off Nwogha, including three each by Stewart and Schaffer. Brooklyn Aldridge added two hits.

The Lady Bears will return to action Monday at Lebanon.

Watertown run-rules Westmoreland as Wood drives in four

WESTMORELAND — Watertown scored 10 times in the top of the fifth inning and run-ruled Westmoreland 14-3 Monday.

The Lady Purple Tigers jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third and maintained their double-digit lead despite two Westmoreland scores in the bottom of the fifth.

Leadoff batter Allyssa Wood drove in four runs on a homer, triple and single. K. Brindley doubled twice while Abby Hall and Harlie Phillips each had two singles as all three drove in two runs. Rachel Cromer also doubled while Callie Buhler banged out two singles as Watertown finished with 15 hits.

Avery Taylor allowed seven Westmoreland hits and a walk while striking out four in five innings.

Green Hill's winning streak ends at 43 following 2-2 tie

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Green Hill's winning streak ended at 43 games Monday, but the Lady Hawks' unbeaten streak remained alive as they approached the one-year anniversary of their last loss.

The Lady Hawks tied Brookwood 2-2 in their second game of the day Monday. Ties are not uncommon during in-season tournament pool games which often employ a time limit.

Earlier in the day, Green Hill won its 43rd straight game (and third this season) 9-1 over University School of Jackson. Avary Stockwell hit a two-run homer off the top of the fence in a four-run second inning.

Green Hill's most recent loss came last March 22 to Oakland. The Lady Hawks took a 3-0-1 record into yesterday's action as four games were scheduled.

Lebanon softball splits opening day in Gulf Coast Classic

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Lebanon dropped its Gulf Coast Classic opener to fellow Tennessee team Soddy-Daisy 7-2 before bouncing back to beat Grissom (Ala.) Monday.

Reagan Schmitz singled three times and stole five bases for Lebanon in the first game.

Soddy-Daisy took the lead in the bottom of the first inning against Laina Knight, who gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits in four innings.

Against Grissom, Lebanon went up 2-0 in the top of the first inning on an RBI groundout by Aundrea Huddleston and a run-scoring single by Knight.

Grisson tied the score in the bottom of the first following a Lebanon error. But the Lady Devils went back up 4-3 in the third on a double by Schmitz. Morgan Steerman also had an RBI single.

Steerman, Lebanon's No. 8 batter, had two hits while Huddleston drove in three runs.

Nokes drives in six as Friendship splits first day of Gulf Shores trip

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Friendship Christian bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Tuscaloosa County on Monday with a 10-2 trouncing of the Chavez Lady Lobos as the Lady Commanders opened their spring break trip.

Tuscaloosa County scored in the bottom of the first inning as Kaylee Dunn drove in Kensley Spann against Izzie Wilson. A passed ball during the sequence made the run unearned. Karlie Beasley made the lead stick with a seven-inning two-hitter with no walks and 12 strikeouts.

Wilson allowed five hits and no walks while fanning four.

In the other game, Chavez scored twice in the top of the first inning before Friendship got single scores in the first and second and took the lead with two in the third. The Lady Commanders broke the game open with six in the fourth as they improved to 2-1.

Wilson scattered six hits in four innings for the win before Angela Eden gave up a hit over the final two frames.

Friendship finished with 14 hits, including a home run, double and single by Bell Nokes, who drove in six runs. Bella Ellis had two RBIs on a triple and double. Khloe Smith doubled as she and Riese Huckaby had two hits apiece.