Rain dampens Brentwood's hot start, forces suspension of Region softball contest

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9:43pm

Perhaps Brentwood High School coach Clint Finch was glad to play only about 40 minutes of tournament softball Monday.

That’s because his team played two district tournament games against Ravenwood late last week, and the twin bill lasted more than four hours.

Yet Brentwood (20-21-1) showed no sluggishness as it jumped ahead of host Overton 9-0 after 1½ innings in a Region 6-AAA semifinal. At that point, the contest was suspended by rain.

Play will resume in the bottom of the second, 4 p.m. Tuesday at Overton.

In one of the most amazing developments of the season, the Bruins were the victim of a stunning one-night district journey by Ravenwood. The Raptors won three games – the last two over Brentwood – in seven hours last Friday and in the wee hours of Saturday and claimed the 11-AAA crown.

“Last Friday was something,” Finch said. “Ravenwood beat Independence in the 5 p.m. game (9-2), and we had some intermittent rain, and our game finally started at 9:15 p.m., with Ravenwood having to beat us twice. They won 8-0 the first game, and we started the second game at 11:21 p.m. They had all the momentum and they beat us again (8-2). The final game got over at 1:08 a.m. I got home at about 2 a.m. and got to bed about 2:30.

“Saturday was not a good day for me, I was not in the best of moods. But our girls came out ready Monday, and re-focused extremely well.”

After a three-run first, sophomore left-fielder Taylor Blackstone kept Overton off the board by racing over to the line to catch a long drive by Jay Bonds and doubling off the base-runner at third who had left too soon.

Blackstone led off the Bruins’ second with a towering home run to leftfield, her first homer of the season. Christina Schwartz added a two-run double, and senior Rachel Harmon, who was 2-for-2, capped six-run second with an RBI single.

“We have only one senior (Harmon) and two juniors,” Finch said.

Like the situation at Overton, much of the area tournament schedule was postponed by the heavy showers Monday afternoon, with most being reset for Tuesday.

Lipscomb stuns Cougars: David Lipscomb scored a stunning 2-0 victory over host Goodpasture Monday afternoon in the Region 5-AA baseball tournament and eliminated the Cougars. Keith Smith pitched a four-hit shutout for the Mustangs, who avenged a 6-1 loss during the regular season.

On Wednesday in the region final, Lipscomb will meet White House, which beat CPA 13-0 in a rain-shortened game.

BGA rolls: Battle Ground Academy advanced within one series of reaching the state in DII-AA baseball when the Wildcats crushed Baylor 12-0 in the third and deciding game of their semifinal series in Chattanooga.

Freshman Ross Grosvenor fired a four-hit shutout, struck out seven and walked four. He also went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Chris Marconcini and England Smith belted home runs in the Wildcats’ nine-hit hit attack.

BGA will open a best-of-three series at top region seed and defending state champ Brentwood Academy on Thursday afternoon. The winner will advance to state.

Teammates meet: MBA ace and Vanderbilt-bound Roger Briggs won the DII-AA Middle/East Region boys tennis singles championship over the weekend in Chattanooga. He beat Zeeshan Ismail of McCallie in the finals.

Briggs got no favors in his draw in the state tournament, where he will meet Big Red teammate Naveen Chadalavada (who finished fifth) in the opening round of state next week. The two players play No. 1 and 2 singles for MBA.

Other Nashville DII-AA boys’ tennis qualifiers: Rand Jackson of Ensworth (singles) and Russell Anderson-Palmer Campbell of MBA and Davis Thrailkill-Andrew Karpos of MBA (doubles). Nashville girls qualifiers: Kat Caire of Harpeth Hall (singles) and Hannah Kimbrough-Morgan Hertik of Ensworth (doubles).

Tennis Team matches: Brentwood Academy visits Memphis University School in a DII-AA boys team sectional match Tuesday. The winner advances to state.

And Ensworth travels to Chattanooga Saturday where both team are playing – boys at Baylor and girls at GPS. Harpeth Hall goes West to play St. Agnes, 11 a.m. Saturday.

Other sports schedules:

Tuesday’s semifinals
Region 6-AAA
Brentwood High at Overton
Hillwood at Centennial

Region 5-A/AA
7 p.m.—Merroll Hyde at CPA
MLKing at Clarksville Acad.
DII-AA (matches this week)
McCallie at MBA
Christian Brothers at Ryan

DII-A Tuesday
5 p.m.—FRA vs. Webb at MJuliet Christian

AAA Sectionals

Rossview at Ravenwood, girls

AA Sectionals
Lipscomb at MT Christian, boys
CPA at Summertown, girls Thursday

DII Sectionals

Brentwood Academy at MUS, boys
Friday’s match
2 p.m.—St. Benedict at MBA, boys
Saturday’s matches
Ensworth at Baylor, boys
Ensworth at GPS, girls
Harpeth Hall at St. Agnes, girls
Winners advance to state

3-AAA Sectionals (at Brentwood High)

Wednesday: Field event finals, running prelims
Thursday: Running event finals

3-A/AA Sectionals (at David Lipscomb)
Monday/Tuesday: Field event finals, running prelims
Thursday night: Running event finals

DII Sectionals (at MBA)
Tuesday/Wednesday: Field event finals,
Friday night: Running event finals