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Purple Tigers stay alive in 8-AA tourney

Staff Reports • May 7, 2018 at 9:57 PM

SMITHVILLE — Owen Queen pitched a shutout Monday as Watertown remained alive in the District 8-AA tournament with a 5-0 blanking of York Institute.

Queen struck out 11 to give the Purple Tigers, coming off a first-round loss to Upperman last Friday, a lift into Tuesday’s 4:30 p.m. elimination game against Upperman in a rematch at DeKalb County.

Shade Anderson and Braxton Swann drove in runs for Watertown as Jensen White, Tyler Vastola, Brandon Allison and Bailey Holden had hits. Addison Clinton scored twice, including a steal of home.

Friendship outscored by CPA

NASHVILLE — Friendship Christian will play for third or fourth place in the Middle Region after losing to host Christ Presbyterian 13-6 in Monday’s late game.

With the pressure victory over Donelson Christian advancing Friendship to the state’s Division II-A round of 12 out of the way, Commander coach John McNeal gave Brenden Schwab his first start of the season on the mound.

CPA reached the junior for six runs in the second inning. Ethan Bult pitched the next four frames before Camden Hayslip recorded the final two outs as the Lions scored six in the bottom of the sixth.

The Commanders gradually climbed back into the game with two spots in the third, fifth and sixth innings, getting to within 7-6 before CPA put the game away.

Each team had 11 hits. Braden Reece homered and drove in two runs for Friendship while Jared Dickey also had two RBI on as many singles. Daniel Lucas, Ethan Raymer and Hanley Sobieszczyk also singled twice each.

Friendship will play in the third-place game Wednesday against either Goodpasture, which needs two wins Tuesday, or Clarksville Academy, one win to win its bracket. The Commanders will take on the bracket runner up. Regardless, all four teams still playing will advance to the next round, with the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds playing Friday.

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