Local Teams Kick Off Spring Season
By Mike Hastings
It was a fast a furious week as local high school teams took to the diamonds and fields to kick off their 2018 Spring Season.
Christ Presbyterian Academy improved their record to 5-0 on the diamond this week with an impressive 12-2 victory in the Aggie Classic in Pensacola, FL.
Junior Tanner Morgan improved to 2-0 on the season for the Lions.
Freshmen Cade Reynolds belted three hits, including two doubles and a triple to lead the CPA offense. Senior Michael Vaught smacked two hits as well for the Lions.
CPA earned two hard-fought wins last week, hammering Grace Christian Academy 16-10 and Nolensville 8-2.
Lion junior Travis Odom provided the power for CPA, belting two homers and driving in three runs against Nolensville, and then came back the next day and drove in four more runs, including another long-ball against GCA.
Junior Sanders Whiteside also homered for CPA in the GCA game, driving in two runs. He was also 2-4 with an RBI against Nolensville.
Junior Knox Preston had two hits in each game last week, also driving in four runs.
On the soccer field, CPA continued to shine, shutting out Grace Christian Academy 3-0.
Senior Tucker Duncan and juniors Baker Avinger and John Michael Ritchie each scored for the Lions and senior goalie Garrett Beam earned the shutout.
Gage Young threw a gem on Wednesday for Ensworth, allowing no runs and besting Pope John Paul II by a score of 1-0
Young lasted seven innings, allowing two hits while striking out three.
Matthew Steidl started the game for Pope John Paul II. He allowed two hits and zero runs over five and a third innings, striking out seven.
Young, Patrick Vandenbergh, and Devin Obee each managed one hit to lead Ensworth.
Hillwood defeated Cheatham County Central 13-0 on Friday as three pitchers combined to throw a shutout.
The Toppers secured the victory thanks to nine runs in the fifth inning. Hillwood’s big bats were led by Terry Swift, William Sneed, James Galloway, Xavier Gilliam, Page, and Matthew Coyle, all driving in runs in the inning.
Hillwood had opened up scoring in the first inning. Patrick Coyle drove in one when he singled.
Jacob Brewster earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for Hillwood. He lasted four innings, allowing two hits and zero runs while striking out three and walking one. Page and Sneed entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Coyle went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Hillwood in hits. Hillwood was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.