• Davidson Academy 3, Ezell-Harding 2: Alex Gibson had two hits and scored two runs as Davidson Academy avoided elimination for the second straight game.
Gibson led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and got to third when Savannah Peek and Holly Hockaday followed with singles of their own. Gibson then scored and broke a 2-2 tie when Kristen Baird hit into a fielder’s choice.
Ezell-Harding tied the game in the top of the fourth when Callie Bobo and Courtney Williams scored when Christiana Gable singled and DA committed an error.
Davidson Academy led 2-0 after Gibson led off the bottom of the third with a triple and Peek followed with a double.
Hockaday pitched a complete game and allowed just three hits – none after the fourth inning. She struck out six and walked one.
Ezell-Harding (30-12) was forced into the elimination game when it was limited to two hits in a 7-1 loss to University School of Jackson earlier in the day.
Davidson Academy (37-15) must win twice Friday against University School of Jackson (34-4) in order to win the title. USJ defeated DA 1-0 in a first-round game Wednesday.
Centennial High will meet Hendersonville for the Class AAA state championship, 7 p.m. Friday at Siegel Soccer Çomplex.
Both teams won semifinal contests Wednesday. Centennial edged Farragut 1-0 on Tyler Adkinson’s goal at the 28-minute mark – one of only two shots on goal by Centennial. Ryan Bristol made 11 saves for the shutout.
Hendersonville blanked Bearden 3-0 as Nathaniel Sprouse scored twice and Cole Parrott had a goal and an assist.
Centennial never has won a state championship in soccer. Hendersonville’s last title was in 1998.
Track and Field
• Cane Ridge’s Janetra Gleaves, who won the AAA pentathlon on Monday, qualified for Friday’s finals in the 100 hurdles (first), 300 hurdles (first) and the 100 (fourth).
• Franklin’s Rachel Wooten was third in the AAA 3,200 (11:28.56), David Lipscomb’s Barbara Bell, the only freshman in the race, was second (11:31.88) in the A-AA 3,200 and Ensworth’s Sarah Delozier finished second (11:32.80) in the D-II 3,200 on Wednesday.