|Three 9-AAA tennis titles stay in county|
|Wednesday, May 2, 2012|
Matthew Heinrich won his third district singles title. Sarah Hall won her first. And it was an all-Beech final in boys doubles at the District 9-AAA individual tournament Tuesday at Drakes Creek.
Heinrich, who won the singles title as a freshman, junior and now senior, defeated Station Camp’s Dusty Buchanan 6-1, 6-0 to win the tourney. It is Heinrich’s fourth title at the individual tournament, having also won a doubles championship as a sophomore. Both he and Buchanan advance to the Region 5-AAA tournament.
Heinrich, the top seed, advanced with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Portland’s Tyler Estes in Tuesday’s semifinals. Buchanan advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 victory against Mt. Juliet’s Alec Mullins.
Hall, a freshman, was a 6-0, 6-3 winner against Mt. Juliet’s Ali Groome. The tourney’s top seed advanced to the finals after defeating Mt. Juliet’s Taylor Bounds (6-3, 6-0).
Beech’s top-seeded boys doubles team of Joseph Daniels and Seth Carelli defeated teammates Isaac and Taylor Townsend 6-0, 6-1 in the finals.
Both duos advance to the region tourney. Daniels and Carelli defeated Hendersonville’s Blair Godsey and Braden White 6-2, 6-4) to reach the finals. The Townsend brothers, seeded third, were 6-0, 6-1 winners over Gallatin’s fourth-seeded squad of Dan Franklin and Tyler Quinn.
The 9-AAA team tournament semifinals are Thursday at Drakes Creek with the finals scheduled for Monday.
The District 9-AAA team tournament semifinals were held Thursday afternoon with the finals slated for 3:30 p.m. Monday at Drakes Creek. On the boys’ side. Hendersonville played Station Camp and Beech played Mt. Juliet. On the girls’ side, Hendersonville played Lebanon and Mt. Juliet plays Wilson Central.
The Knights reached the 20-win mark with a shutout of visiting Gallatin.
JPII (20-7) broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Brett Burke’s two-run triple scored Matt Brown and Paul Kirby. Burke scored on a passed ball and Zach Bailey singled home Logan Taylor.
Ricky Heagarty (4-3) went 4.2 innings, allowing three hits — only one for extra bases — struck out four and walked two.
Beech 6, White House 2
The Buccaneers scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead and that was all they needed in a senior night win over visiting White House.
Beech collected nine hits. Sam McWilliams got the win for the Bucs, striking out five in 3.1 innings of work.
In other scores, Station Camp was a 6-0 winner over Sycamore and Friendship Christian was a 2-1 winner against Hendersonville.
The visiting Lady Commandos scored four runs in the first inning and three in the seventh to get their first District 9-AAA win in their final league game of the season.
Destiny Paul had an RBI and scored two runs. Lindsey Munn had three RBIs. Ashleigh Stratton was 2-for-4 with two singles. Gallatin scored its three runs in the first, fourth and fifth.
Julia Meade collected the win for the Lady Commandos, striking out four batters and walking two. Tuesday Cline took the loss for the Lady Wave.
Gallatin still has one more league game left (against Mt. Juliet Wednesday) before starting the 9-AAA tournament at top-seeded Beech Thursday at 6 p.m.
In other scores, Station Camp was a 12-1 winner over Overton.
— Corby A. Yarbrough, Sports Editor
Photos by Phil Stauder l THE STANDARD