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Athletic Round Up:  Week of April 5
Monday, March 29
BGA’s game against Grace Christian Academy was a heartbreaker for the Wildcats, as they lost the lead late in a 7-5 defeat.
Ethan Harden ‘21 was on the hill for BGA. Harden surrendered two runs on six hits over five and a third innings, striking out nine and walking zero. Jake Fleser ‘22 threw one and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.
Ryan Casimier ‘22 led BGA with two hits in three at bats.
Tuesday, March 30
BGA struggled to get their offense going on Tuesday, getting easily dispatched by Grace Christian Academy 10-0.
A single by Ethan Harden ‘21 in the first inning was a positive for BGA.
Braden Iverson ‘22 was on the pitcher's mound for the Wildcats. Iverson lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and five runs while striking out three. A.J. McLemore ‘22 threw one and one-third innings in relief.
Ryan Casimier ‘22 went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead BGA in hits.

Zion Christian Double Header
Friday, April 2
Game One: 
BGA cruised to an easy victory over Zion Christian Academy (Columbia, TN) 12-2 on Friday.
BGA took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth inning and hit four home runs on the day. Jake Fleser ‘22 went for the long ball in the fifth inning. Ethan Harden ‘21 and Blake Rowe ‘21 went deep in the sixth inning. Parker Daniel ‘22 put one out in the seventh inning.
A.J. McLemore ‘22 was on the hill for BGA. McLemore lasted one inning, allowing three hits and two runs.
The Wildcats collected 15 hits. Fleser, Kennith Lohmann ‘24, Rowe, Holt Adams ‘22, and Harden all managed multiple hits for BGA. Fleser went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the team in hits.
Game Two:
BGA earned the victory despite allowing Zion Christian to score three runs in the fourth inning. 
BGA got things moving in the first inning, scoring two runs when Kennith Lohmann ‘24 tripled. The Wildcats notched nine runs in the fourth inning. BGA’s big bats were led by Parker Daniel ‘22, Kace Buckles ‘21, PJ Mineo ‘23, and Blake Rowe ‘21, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Ryan Casimier ‘22 toed the rubber for BGA. Casimier allowed two hits and zero runs over three innings, striking out five.
BGA launched four home runs on the day. Brett Brown ‘22 went yard in the first inning. Casimier put one out in the first inning. Jake Fleser ‘21 went for the long ball in the second inning. Lohmann had a long ball in the second inning.
The Wildcats had 25 hits in the game. Adams, Lohmann, Rowe, Braden Iverson ‘22, Casimier, Fleser, and Brown all collected multiple hits for BGA. Adams led the team with four hits in five at bats, including a double in the first, single in the second, double in the third, and single in the fifth.

Tuesday, March 30

Monday was a long day for the BGA Wildcats, falling to Middle Tennessee Christian 21-0. One bright spot for BGA was a single by Abby McLay ‘24 in the first inning. Shea Hollis ‘24 took the loss for the BGA Wildcats. The hurler allowed 15 hits and 19 runs over three and a third innings, striking out one. Kendall Grimes ‘22 and McLay each managed one hit to lead the BGA Wildcats.
Zion Christian Academy
Thursday, April 1
The BGA Wildcats fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 3-1 loss to Zion Christian Academy on Friday. Zion Christian scored on a double by Rebecca Hazard and a single by Kendall Danorovich in the first inning.The pitching was strong on both sides. Zionpitchers struck out 11, while the BGA Wildcats sat down three. Shea Hollis ‘24 took the loss for the BGA Wildcats. The pitcher surrendered three runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out three. Abby McLay ‘24 went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the BGA Wildcats in hits.
Boys Soccer
Monday, March 29
BGA traveled to Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee Christian. A small field made any kind of possession hard to come by for the duration of the contest. MTCS took the lead, but BGA was quick to respond with two goals from Clarke Coco ‘21. That 2-1 advantage, though, would not last as MTCS opportunistically took advantage of some defensive lapses.  MTCS scored twice before half and held a 3-2 advantage going into the second half. After some adjustments, BGA controlled much of the second half and put MTCS on their heels.  The forward play earned a penalty and brought the match even at 3-3. Despite creating a number of great chances to get the lead, BGA was unable to find the back of the net and with JP Thomas’ ‘24 sound second half effort in goal, the match ended 3-3.
Thursday, April 1
BGA hosted region rival Franklin Road Academy on Friday evening at the Stewart Campbell Soccer Complex. The Wildcats entered the contest with two ties and one loss in region play while FRA came into the evening with a 2-1 record in region.
Both teams' defense dominated the first half of play and scoring changes were hard to come by. BGA struck first in the 44th minute as an opportunistic Clarke Coco ‘24 cut out an errant FRA pass back to their keeper. Coco showed composure in the moment and slotted the ball past the keeper to put BGA up 1-0.
FRA would draw even, though, with a penalty awarded and finished in the 59th minute.
Both teams created chances in the final 20 minutes of the game. Jake Lake ‘22 was just inches away from giving the Wildcats a goal advantage, but his shot was denied by the far post.
In the closing seconds of the game, FRA cut out a pass in the midfield, slipped it in to their forward, and was able to beat keeper Will Shearer ‘22 to give FRA the 2-1 win.
BGA moves to 0-2-2 in region play and will next host Zion on Tuesday.  
Monday, April 5

For their 2nd match of the season, BGA travelled to MTCS, a school with a strong tennis program year in and year out. Both the girls and boys teams fought valiantly, turning in strong performances on the singles court. 
Olivia Whitley ‘24 captured the first singles win of the season for the BGA girls team at #4 singles, staying calm and steady under pressure to close out a tiebreaker 9-8 (2). Alongside partner Virginia Such ‘24, Olivia and Virginia’s strong net play also captured the first doubles victory of the season for the BGA girls at #2 doubles with a score of 8-2. As a team, the BGA girls fell 5-2 to MTCS, but they will certainly look to build on this momentum. 
On the BGA boys team, BGA #1 Hutch Henderson ‘23, #4 Eli Chesnut ‘22, and #5 Duncan Knopf ‘22 played solid tennis, recording 3 singles wins for BGA to put the Wildcats up 3-2 following singles play. MTCS bounced back in doubles, capturing the #1 doubles match to level the team match at 3 - 3, meaning that the match came down to #2 doubles. Graham Fullington ‘24 and Eli Chesnut turned in a strong effort in their first doubles match together at #2 doubles but came up just short, losing 3-8 and with the boys team match going the way of MTCS 4-3. 
Tuesday, April 6
In their third match of the season, the BGA Wildcats faced off in a home match against CPA, a truly formidable opponent with many experienced players. Both the boys and girls teams turned in strong performances in singles and in doubles despite going down to CPA 7-0. The growth of the BGA boys and girls teams was evident, with many Wildcats rising to the occasion and raising their level to challenge their talented CPA opponents
Track and Field 
Williamson County Championships at Nolensville High School
Wednesday, April 7, & Thursday, April 8
Battle Ground Academy Track and Field traveled to Nolensville to compete for the county championships across two windy days of competition.
The boys were led by the sprinters, and some strong results in the relays. The 4x100m relay of Sean Williams ‘22, Xavier Shaw ‘21, Conner McGee ‘23, and Daniel Morra ‘22 won the county championships in 44.66. Shaw had a big week as he also finished 2nd in the High Jump (5’8”) and 3rd in the 200m (23.39). Williams also scored in the Long Jump, where he finished 3rd (19’7”), and the 200m (7th - 24.04). The distance runners delivered a surprise 2nd place finish in the 4x800m relay, led by Trace Alexander ‘22 and his opening leg 2:04, with Jack Evans ‘23, Brady Zhang ‘22, and Cole Beck Williams ‘21 finishing things out. Alexander also scored in the 1600m, where he finished 6th at 4:35. As a team, BGA Boys finished 5th.
The girls also had strong performances from their sprinters and relays. Ashlyn Patton ‘23 led the Wildcats with a 4th place finish in 100m Hurdles (16.77), and an 8th place finish in the Long Jump at 14’04”. The 4x400m relay delivered a strong performance from the first heat to finish 4th, led by Lindsay Phelps ‘22, and followed by Laurel Phelps ‘24, Lauren Halt ‘23, and Phoebe Proctor ‘21. Proctor also finished 6th in the 300m hurdles at 56.54. Laurel Phelps also scored in the field events with a 4th place finish in the High Jump (4’6”). BGA Girls finished 11th.
The Wildcats will return to the track on April 15, when they’ll host Franklin HS, Centennial HS, Antioch HS, Donelson Christian Academy, Goodpasture School, and Providence Christian Academy. 

Girls - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) Brentwood High School 108.50 
2) Nolensville High School 108 
3) Ravenwood High School 86.50 
4) Franklin High School 80 
5) Independence High School 61 
6) Fairview High School 43 
7) Fred J. Page High School 41.50 
8) Summit High School 36 
9) Centennial High School 32 
10) Brentwood Academy 27 
11) Battle Ground Academy 22.50 
12) Sovereign Grace 8 

Boys - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) Franklin High School 115 
2) Nolensville High School 103 
3) Brentwood High School 78 
4) Ravenwood High School 76 
5) Battle Ground Academy 68 
6) Independence High School 66 
7) Fairview High School 50 
8) Brentwood Academy 37 
9) Fred J. Page High School 21 
10) Summit High School 18 
11) Centennial High School 15 
12) Franklin Classical School 14 
13) Sovereign Grace 2