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Bears blank Portland at Vandy

Staff Reports • Mar 21, 2017 at 3:53 PM

NASHVILLE — Mt. Juliet opened District 9-AAA play Monday night with a 7-0 shutout of Portland at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field.

Aaron Brown, Sean Hunley and Ethan Smith combined for a two-hit shutout with 17 strikeouts during the rain-interrupted game which saw Mt. Juliet improve to 3-2 for the season.

John Dyer and Brayden Osborne each drove in two runs on two hits, with each hitting a triple.

Mt. Juliet pecked away to build a 5-0 lead through three innings and tacked on two more in the fifth. Brown and Hunley each hurled three innings with Hunley credited with the win. Smith threw the seventh.

The Golden Bears, who were the designated home team Monday night after opening the season in Gulf Shores, Ala., will play on their home field for the first time Thursday when Fairview comes in at 4 p.m. and Arlington at 6:30 for the Wilson County Invitational.

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