Senior Bo Whitlock launched the Purple Tigers to their third straight win following two season-opening losses with a one-out home run in the first inning.
Watertown broke the game open with four scores in the sixth inning on a passed ball, a Jarred Bradshaw single and a Tyler Vastola double.
Senior Kannan Akins pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings for the win. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two. He and sophomore Landry Williams were backed by errorless defense.
Whitlock, Vastola, Bradshaw, Brandon Allison and Heath Price each produced multiple hits for the Tigers. Vastola and Seth Price drove in two runs apiece.
Watertown will continue the Invitational on Friday when Fairview comes in for a 4 p.m. first pitch.
Commanders roll past Station Camp, tie BGA
Friendship Christian outscored visiting Station Camp 8-3 before rallying to tie Battle Ground Academy 6-6 as the Wilson County Invitational got under way Thursday.
The Commanders spotted Station Camp a 1-0 lead in the first inning before taking charge with three runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the sixth. The Bison got two in the top of the sixth.
Ethan Bult pitched five innings to improve to 2-0.
Xan Gordon’s two-run single put Friendship in front in the third inning. Braden Reece finished with an RBI on three singles. Ben Jamison had two singles and Matthew Swann one.
Friendship fell behind 4-0 midway through the fifth against BGA before battling back with a run in the bottom of the fifth and four in the sixth to go up 5-4. After the Wildcats went back in front 6-5 in the top of the seventh, the Commanders tied the score in the bottom half.
Following a scoreless eighth, the game was called due to tournament rules which call for one extra inning to be played in the event of a tie.
Swann swatted a pair of doubles, one of which drove in a sixth-inning run. Reece racked up a two-run single in the sixth. Nolan Painter drew a pair of walks as he and Jared Dickey singled.
Friendship will bring a 5-2-1 record into tonight’s 6:30 p.m. home game against Lancaster Christian as the Invitational continues.
Bears sweep Fairview, Arlington in home opener
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet opened the Wilson County Invitational with a 7-0 shutout of Fairview in the Golden Bears home opener Thursday afternoon.
The Golden Bears completed a first-day sweep by downing Arlington 5-2 Thursday night.
Against Fairview, senior John Dowless pitched six innings of two-hit shutout ball with no walks and nine strikeouts before Jake Linville whiffed two in the seventh.
Mt. Juliet led 6-0 through three innings as the Golden Beards finished with six hits.
Eric Rice racked up two singles and Dalton Earheart, who was hitless, two RBI. Jack Simonson doubled.
Ethan Smith pitched 4 1/3 innings to get the win against Arlington. He allowed both runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts before Cade Hoppe recorded the final seven outs, with a hit and two walks, for the save as Mt. Juliet improved to 5-2.
Aaron Brown and Trey Pruitt each drove in a run and Rice delivered a two-run pinch-hit single in the sixth after Arlington whittled the deficit from 3-0 to 3-2.
Hoppe and Aiden Raines each racked up two of Mt. Juliet’s seven hits. One of Raines’ knocks was a double.
Mt. Juliet will take on Dyersburg at 7 p.m. Friday.
Big inning lifts Trousdale past MJCA
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian began the Wilson County Invitational on a down note Thursday as Trousdale County used a big fifth inning to launch itself to an 8-1 win.
The teams were tied 1-1 before the Yellow Jackets scored four times against Saints starter Daniel Boehm. They added three more in the seventh.
Trousdale County jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Mt. Juliet Christian tied the game in the third when Alex Pitman’s grounder to second base became an error.
Mt. Juliet Christian collected four singles, including two bunt hits by Austin Collier and one each by Pitman and Gavin Sellars as the Saints slipped to 4-3.
The Invitational will continue for Mt. Juliet Christian on Friday when the Saints go to Watertown to take on Franklin Grace Christian at 6:30 p.m.