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Athletic Roundup: Week of March 22
Monday, March 22
BGA 9, FRA 3
The varsity Battle Ground Academy Wildcats baseball team defeated Franklin Road Academy (Nashville, TN) 9-3 on Monday thanks to five runs in the sixth inning. The Wildcats' big inning was driven by a single by Kennith Lohmann ‘24, a home run by Ethan Harden ‘21, and an error on a ball put in play by Holt Adams ‘22.
Harden pitched the Wildcats to victory. The lefthander surrendered one run on one hit over four and two-thirds innings, striking out 11 and walking one. Blake Rowe ‘21 and Jake Fleser ‘22 entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
The Wildcats hit one home run on the day: Harden had a dinger in the sixth inning. Harden led the Wildcats with two hits in three at bats. The Wildcats tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases, with Rowe leading the way with two.
Tuesday, March 23
BGA 11, FRA 5
The varsity Battle Ground Academy Wildcats baseball team ran off with the lead late in the game in an 11-5 victory over Franklin Road Academy (Nashville, TN) on Tuesday. The game was tied at four with BGA batting in the top of the sixth, when Parker Daniel homered on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs.
Franklin Road Academy (Nashville, TN) scored three runs in the fifth inning, but the Wildcats still managed to pull out the victory. 
Braden Iverson ‘22 got the win for The Wildcats. The righty surrendered four runs on four hits over four and a third innings, striking out two. Matthew Daniel ‘22 threw two and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
BGA hit two home runs on the day. Daniel had a homer in the sixth inning, and Kennith Lohmann ‘24 went for the long ball in the third inning.
The Wildcats totaled 12 hits. Harden, Lohmann, Blake Rowe ‘21, and Jake Fleser ‘22 all had multiple hits, and Harden went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Wildcats in hits.
Thursday, March 25

Saturday, March 27

Tuesday, March 23
The BGA Wildcats fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 12-3 loss to Christ Presbyterian Academy on Tuesday. The BGA Wildcats struggled to contain the high-powered offense of CPA, giving up 12 runs. After the BGA Wildcats scored two runs in the top of the fourth, CPA answered with two of their own.  An error scored one run for the BGA Wildcats and Evangelene Gallimore ‘24 grounded out, scoring one run. Beth Fleming ‘21 went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the BGA Wildcats in hits.

Thursday, March 25

Tuesday, March 30
BGA Wildcats stole the lead late and defeated Grace Christian Academy 12-7 on Tuesday. BGA Wildcats were down 7-5 in the top of the fifth inning when Harris Cleveland ‘24 singled on a 1-1 count, scoring three runs. The Wildcats earned the victory despite allowing GCA to score four runs in the fourth inning. Shea Hollis ‘24 pitched the Wildcats to victory. The fireballer lasted six innings, allowing two hits and seven runs while striking out four. Kendall Grimes ‘22 led the Wildcats with three hits in three at bats.
Boys Soccer
Brentwood Academy
Tuesday, March 23
BGA soccer opened the season in 2021 with a challenging road contest at Brentwood Academy.  Both teams struggled to find any kind of significant rhythm in their play throughout the game in the physical contest. However, in the 19th minute, Brentwood Academy found the back of the net in the run of play to take a 1-0 lead.
The second half unfolded in a similar manner. In the 65th minute, BA was able to find the back of the net again off a corner. While BGA created a number of chances, their play lacked that final pass in the attacking third.  
Both teams tallied four shots on goal while Brentwood Academy earned six corners to BGA's one. The physical nature of the contest was telling, as Brentwood Academy had more than double the number of fouls than the Wildcats.
The contest ended 2-0 in favor of BA.    
BGA moves on to their home opener against Fairview on Friday.

Friday, March 26

BGA played their first regular-season home game in two years on Friday as they hosted Fairview. Fairview came to the Academy fresh off a 4-2 win against Nashville Christian while BGA entered the game after a 2-0 loss to Brentwood Academy.
Both teams struggled to gain control of the game, but BGA did manage a handful of dangerous chances during the first 40 minutes. As the second half unfolded, BGA did an improved job of maintaining possession and created a number of shots. It finally paid off. In the 45th minute, Justin Madge ‘22 broke the deadlock from 25 yards out on a free kick, and Oscar Crawford ‘21 added to the tally in the 66th minute to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
That lead would hold and give BGA their first win of the season. The Wildcats season continues next week as they (1-1) open up region play on Monday against Providence Christian Academy.  
Columbia Academy
Wednesday, March 24

BGA Tennis started out the competitive season with a tough match against Columbia Academy. The boys battled it out and came up with two wins: Hutch Henderson ‘23 and Will Mahoney ‘21 beat the #1 doubles team 8-5, and Will followed that match up with a singles win against the #3 player at 8-4. Go, Will! Ultimately, though, the boys lost 2-5.
The girls gave challenging matches, but came up with a 7-0 loss.  
Zion Christian
Thursday, March 25
Track and Field 
March Madness @ Ravenwood High School 
Wednesday, March 24 & Thursday, March 25
Day 1 results

4x100m (Ashlyn Patton ‘23, Phoebe Proctor ‘21, Palmer Grace Snead ‘24, Kendall Grimes ‘22) took 4th in 54.27
4x200m (Julianna Santiago ‘24, Lauren Halt ‘23, Palmer Grace Snead, Laurel Phelps ‘24) took 4th in 2:06.06
Laurel Phelps finished 7th in High Jump at 4’4”
Ashlyn Patton finished 7th in Long Jump at 15’2”
Zach Flores ‘22 WON the 100m at 11.19
Sean Williams ‘22 finished 4th in 100m at 11.50
Trace Alexander ‘22 finished 4th in 1600m at 4:31.81
4x100m (Xavier Shaw ‘21, Sean Williams, Connor McGee ‘23, Zach Flores) finished 3rd in 45.35
4x800m (Kevin Dennis ‘21, Jack Evans ‘23, Cole Beck Williams ‘21, Brady Zhang ‘22) finished 7th in 9:32.79
Kavien Jones ‘24 finished 6th in High Jump at 5’6”
Xavier Shaw finished 8th in High Jump at 5’2”
Sean Williams finished 3rd in Long Jump at 20’3”
Miller Barnett ‘22 finished 7th in Triple Jump at 33’3.5”
Zion Morris ‘22 finished 4th in Shot Put at 36’3.5”
Battle Ground Academy Track & Field returned to competition after almost two years since their last outing on the track. As the lone independent school in the field, BGA delivered several strong performances across the two days of competition. The competition on Thursday was rescheduled to Friday because of inclement weather.
The boys were led by the sprinters, and some exceptional times in the distance events. Zach Flores won the 100m (11.19) and Sean Williams finished 4th (11.5). Both runners also ran on the 4 x 100m relay, along with Xavier Shaw & Connor McGee, which finished 3rd in a photo finish behind Nolensville and Independence. Williams also medaled in the long jump, where he finished 3rd at 20’ 3”. Trace Alexander completed a double, finishing 4th in the 1600m in 4:31, and 3rd in the 3200m in 9:50. Both times are new personal bests, and the latter time breaks Alexander’s own school record. Zion Morris made his track and field debut and finished 4th in the shot put with a new personal best throw of 36’ 3.5” Connor McGee finished 6th in the 400m with a time of 54.52. As a team, BGA Boys finished 6th.
The girls also had strong performances from their sprinters and relays. The 4 x 100m (Ashlyn Patton, Phoebe Proctor, Palmer Grace Snead, Kendall Grimes) finished 4th in 54.27. Patton also scored in the long jump by finishing 7th at 15’ 2”. The 4 x 200m relay (Julianna Santiago, Lauren Halt, Palmer Grace Snead, Laurel Phelps) also finished 4th in 2:06.06. In her Varsity debut, Laurel Phelps scored in the High Jump by finishing 7th and clearing 4’ 4”. The Wildcats continued their strong outings in the relays by closing the meet with a 5th place finish in the 4 x 400m. The team of Laurel Phelps, Julianna Santiago, Lauren Halt, and Palmer Grace Snead ran a 4:48.06. BGA Girls finished 9th.
The Wildcats will return to the track on April 7-8, when they’ll compete in the Williamson County Championships at Nolensville High School.
Boys - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
1) Brentwood High School 165
2) Franklin High School 97 
3) Nolensville High School 91 
4) Independence High School 81 
5) Ravenwood High School 64 
6) Battle Ground Academy 57 
7) Fred J. Page High School 35
8) Beech Senior High School 29 
9) Summit High School 28 
10) Centennial High School 15 
11) Sovereign Grace 4 
12) McGavock High School 1
Girls - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
1) Brentwood High School 201
2) Ravenwood High School 99 
3) Nolensville High School 79
4) Independence High School 74 
5) Franklin High School 64
6) Centennial High School 40 
7) Summit High School 38 
8) Fred J. Page High School 20 
9) Battle Ground Academy 17 
10) Beech Senior High School 16 
11) Sovereign Grace 3