Preps: Overton continues its run of district baseball titles

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10:49pm

Is there anything more certain than Overton High winning the district baseball championship?

If so, it's a short list.

For the sixth year in a row, the Bobcats claimed the title, the last four since joining District 12-AAA and two more prior to that in 11-AAA.

Host Overton (24-10) was as dominant as ever this time, sweeping their three tournaments games by a combined 37-5 score. All three ended by virtue of the 10-run lead run rule. None went seven innings.

The final romp came was 11-1 in five innings against McGavock on Wednesday in the championship game. The Raiders beat Antioch 7-2 in the earlier game to reach the final.

Top-notch pitching jobs were turned in by Derek Watkins on Monday against Cane Ridge (a 12-0 win), Jack Mast Tuesday against Antioch (a 14-4 victory) and the latest being a two-hit gem by senior left-hander Daniel Miller, who. allowed only an unearned run in the third against McGavock.

"My fast ball was working well, that's my out pitch,'' Miller, who upped his record to 6-1, said. "But we're not content, our goal is state, and this is just the first step.''

Tournament MVP Chris Wilson hit his second home run in as many nights, this one a long blast to left-center, a solo shot in the third which gave Overton the lead for good, 2-1. Against Antioch, he hit a towering, two-run shot over the left-field fence.

"I was looking for a breaking ball, and I was able to drive it pretty well,'' the 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior catcher said. "If we can win region next week, we'll get to play at home in sectionals, and that will be huge.''

Senior leadoff batter Brandon Orr continued to be the table-setter for the Bobcats. He was 1-for-2 with two walks and scored three runs as Overton belted out 12 hits off three McGavock pitchers.

"I like being the leadoff batter, I can set the tone for the game,'' Orr said. "If I get on, we have a lot of good hitters who can drive me in. We have good hitters up and down the lineup.''

McGavock's Carson Windrow singled scored the only run on an error in the third, and Benji Smith got the only other Raider hit in the fourth but he was stranded at third.

"I'm proud of this group, they have answered each challenge,'' 17th year Bobcat coach Mike Morrison said. "Derek, Jack and Daniel all did great jobs on the mound, and we hit the ball well.''

Overton will host a Region 6-AAA semifinal against the District 11-AAA runner-up Monday, tentatively at 7 p.m., while McGavock will travel to the district winner.

With all the Bobcats' district tournament success, they are desperate for a return to state for the first time since 2005.

"We've had a lot of really good teams over that period, but we haven't been able to get over the hump,'' Morrison said.

• Lipscomb, CPA reach final: Lipscomb Academy and Christ Presbyterian Academy both won Wednesday to advance to the finals of the District 10-AA tournament.

Lipscomb (17-10) eliminated Hume-Fogg 6-3 as pitchers Wesley Culpepper and Alex Miller limited the Knights to five hits, and Culpepper also had two hits.

CPA (26-11) crushed East Nashville 8-1.

The teams play 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Shelby Park for the championship.

• Championships a'plenty: Overton blanked McGavock 4-0 and advanced the District 12-AAA soccer tournament finals at Hillwood High. The Bobcats will play Antioch, a 2-1 winner over Glencliff, 5 p.m. Thursday.

Overton also had both doubles finalists in the District 12-AAA tennis tournament.

• Standouts sign: Pearl-Cohn standout Jade Patrick has signed to play basketball with Vol State in Gallatin. The 6-foot-3 Patrick averaged 10 points a game, helping the Firebirds reach the region tournament.

"He has great skills and a high basketball IQ," coach Raymond Pratcher said.

Also, 5-foot-9 post player Kyoko Wade, who averaged 14 points a game for the Pearl-Cohn girls the past season, signed to play with Martin Methodist in Pulaski.

Both players signed with their respective schools in a ceremony Wednesday morning at the school.

• Title sweep: Defending Class A/AA state champion Lucas Spickard made his tournament debut successful as the Christ Presbyterian Academy senior won the District 10-AA tennis singles championship Tuesday. CPA's Jack Zieman and Zayne Mills captured the doubles title.