Ben Brooks, Jr., C/SS, Pope John Paul II baseball
Brooks had four hits (including a double), scored five runs and drove in one run in Tuesday’s games, an 8-2 win over Madison (Ohio) High and a 10-4 loss to Nazareth Academy (Ill.).
Pace Dempsey, Jr., CF, Pope John Paul II baseball
Dempsey had three hits, drove in two runs and scored a run in Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Kemper Dixon, Sr., C, Portland baseball
Dixon was hit by a pitch three times, doubled, scored four runs and drove in a run in Monday’s 11-5 win at White House.
Austin Graves, Sr., 2B/P, Portland baseball
Graves reached base in all five plate appearances – via three singles and two walks – and drove in three runs in Monday’s victory, and he had two hits, scored a run and also pitched a complete game in Tuesday evening’s 4-2 loss at Wilson Central.
Jake Jarvis, Sr., 3B/P, White House baseball
Jarvis singled, drew two walks and scored a run in the Blue Devils’ loss to Portland on Monday, and he provided two hits, drove in two runs and pitched four innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win in Tuesday evening’s 3-2, eight-inning win at Clarksville Academy.
Isaac Robertson, Sr., CF/P, Beech baseball
Robertson had two hits (including a home run) and drove in three runs in Tuesday’s 6-1 victory over Pell City (Ala.).
Carley Carlisle, Sr., P/1B, Hendersonville softball
Carlisle struck out 15 hitters, pitched a four-hit shutout and drove in a run in Monday’s 3-0, nine-inning victory at Heritage (Va.) High.
Pope John Paul II High head baseball coach Michael Brown on playing three games over two days against visiting out-of-state foes on Monday and Tuesday … “It’s especially crucial this week. With us being shut down for Easter and then playing conference games this Thursday and Friday (against Montgomery Bell Academy), we needed this. These teams came down here, and it is good competition. We normally wouldn’t play three in two days, but we need to get back in a groove a bit.”
Pope John Paul II High junior catcher Jack Shuttleworth on the team’s recent attempts at improving offensively … “It’s all of the time. A huge part of our offense is having our approach and executing the approach.”
White House High head softball coach Cindy Towers on injuries to senior Savannah Fuston and junior Madeline Cain … “I’ve lost two of my best ballplayers. It’s giving the freshmen the opportunity to come in and get some playing time. The only thing I’m a little disappointed in is the (returning players) not handling that adversity better. Hopefully, we’ll fight through this. I lost three ballplayers last year. It’s the luck of the draw. It’s part of the game. I’ve realized throughout the years that there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Towers on senior pitcher Madisen Adkins giving up an early hit … “She had a mistake pitch in the first inning. She knew that. Then, somebody else hit, and I came out there and called timeout. She looked at her defense and goes, ‘guys, I’m sorry. That’s my fault. I left it in the middle.’ You’ve got to respect a pitcher when she owned up to that.”