Jake Lazas and Eric Hoff got the Brentwood High School boys track team off to a big start in the TSSAA Class AAA track and field meet as they finished first and second, respectively, in the decathlon on Tuesday at Murfreesboro.
Lazas scored 6,865 points and easily outdistanced the other 11 competitors. He opened the second day of competition with the fastest time in the 110 meter hurdles (15.54 seconds) and then was no worse than third in any of the remaining four events.
Hoff held second place throughout the day and finished with 6,293 points.
Lazas’ score was the highest in any of the three classifications. He and Hoff combined to score 18 points, which gave the Bruins a 12-point advantage over the rest of the field prior to the main portion of the state meet, which will conclude Friday at Middle Tennessee State University.
In the Division II decathlon, Brentwood Academy’s Josh Davies finished second with 6,343 points, just ahead of Montgomery Bell Academy’s Bryan Oslin (third, 6,105). Battle Ground Academy sophomore Anthony Dunavant finished sixth (5,407), BA’s Cody Russell was seventh (5,357) and MBA senior Hampton Farr was eighth (5,329).
In the A-AA event, Christ Presbyterian Academy sophomore Christopher Charles finished seventh.
• Isaac Phillips was 3-for-3, including an RBI single in the fourth that broke a tie and sent David Lipscomb to a 6-2 victory over Milan in the first game of the Class AA tournament.
Kevin Smith pitched a complete game and also had three hits with two runs scored for the Mustangs (23-9).
• Will Haynie had two hits — a double and a triple — but defending II-A champion Brentwood Academy committed four errors and allowed four unearned runs in a 7-1 loss to Memphis University School.
Haynie’s triple came with one out in the sixth. Pinch runner Will Hodge scored on a groundout.
• Joe Mattson had three of his team’s five hits, but Franklin Road Academy lost 6-1 to Evangelical Christian in a II-A first-round contest.
Mattson had a one-out single in the first, a two-out single in the third and a leadoff single in the sixth. He scored FRA’s only run in the sixth.
• Brittany Elmore was 5-for-5 with four runs scored, and Mimi Cartwright was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and six RBIs as Goodpasture defeated Lexington 14-4 in a Class AA matchup.
Lexington scored all of its runs (none were earned) in the top of the first, but Goodpasture responded with at least two runs scored in all six of its at-bats. The big inning was the third, when four runs were scored.
• Heather Montgomery and C.J. McClain, batting first and second, respectively, combined for five hits, four runs and eight RBIs as Beech (39-11-2) opened the AAA event with a 13-1 victory over Bolton (31-20).
Beech blew the game open — and brought it to an early end under the mercy rule — with 10 runs in the top of the fifth, capped by McClain’s two-run home run.
• Davidson Academy pitcher Savannah Hill struck out seven and did not allow an earned run, but she and her teammates were held without a hit in a 2-0 loss to Tipton Rosemark. DA (24-16) committed a total of four errors and allowed both runs in the top of the sixth.
• Ravenwood was eliminated in the AAA quarterfinals with a 4-2 loss to Houston.
The shots were even at 6-6, and the Ravens (15-3-1) had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. However, they gave up three goals in the first eight minutes of the match. Dylan Rose scored prior to halftime, and Eduardo Magallanes again got Ravenwood within two with his unassisted goal in the 62nd minute.
• Goalie Austin Madge made five saves but Page fell 2-0 to Chattanooga Christian in an A-AA quarterfinal match.
Christ Presbyterian Academy (A-AA girls), Ravenwood (AAA girls), Brentwood (AAA boys), Franklin Road Academy (II-A boys) and Montgomery Bell Academy (II-AA boys) all won and advanced to Wednesday’s championship matches.