By Mike Hastings
Mother Nature wreaked havoc on local baseball fields on the scheduled opening day of the 2017 TSSAA season, washing out games for all four local high school teams.
When the rains halted, and the sun came out, area teams each hit the field and began their journey to the state tournament.
Ensworth began the year with a home and away series against Father Ryan.
In the opener, Father Ryan used nine hits scattered across six inning to score seven runs, while holding the Tigers to just four hits and a single run in a 7-1 win on March 15th.
Right-hander Christian Dixon suffered the loss for Ensworth.
The two teams tangled again the next day, and unfortunately for Ensworth, the results were the same.
Father Ryan jumped out to an early lead, then put the game away with four runs in the fourth inning, beating the Tigers 7-0.
Garrett Shultz took the loss for the Tigers.
Nashville Christian School turned in football-like scores in drubbing East Nashville 13-5 on March 15th, then coming back and smacking McEwen 17-2 on Monday.
The Eagles used consistent hitting to defeat East Nashville. NCS scored a run in the first, two in the second and third, then put the came away with four runs in the fourth before adding four more in the sixth.
Against McEwen, the Eagles literally walked their way to victory, taking advantage of wild pitching from the McEwen staff.
NCS fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first, but came back and scored eight runs in their half of the first to jump out early. The Eagles scored nine more runs in the fourth to earn the victory and start the season 2-0.
Read more on Nashville Christian’s start on Page 5
Christ Presbyterian Academy has played the most baseball so far, winning two games and losing two.
The Lions won their opener against Washington 12-7 on the 13th. CPA then traveled to Union and fell 26-7.
CPA came home to host Coweta on the 15th and won 6-2.
The Lions then played host to Canterbury, losing that contest 13-3.
For more on Hillwood’s first three games of the season, see our story on Page 4.
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