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D-B downs Unicoi, Sevier as Tribe Classic gets underway

By STEVE WILMOTH TriCitiesSports.com • Apr 21, 2017 at 4:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett held somewhat comfortable leads at the midway point of the fifth inning against both Unicoi County and Sevier County Thursday on the opening day of the 2017 Spivey, King & Spivey Tribe Classic.

Nursing a 6-2 advantage over the Blue Devils, the Indians plated six runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 12-2 victory. But ahead 7-2 at the same point against Sevier County, the Tribe (17-10) had to hang on for an 8-6 decision over the Smoky Bears.

“Two really good wins,” said Dobyns-Bennett coach Ryan Wagner. “I thought we played well. Pitched it pretty well and really hit it very well up and down the line-up.”

Jackson McDavid went the five-inning distance in the opener, picking up his third win. McDavid allowed only three hits, walked just one and hit two while striking out five.

Daniel Starnes provided a five-run cushion with a three-run homer in the second, his fourth homer of the year and third in four games. In the six-run fifth, the Indians got a run-scoring single from Chaz Kimbril, an RBI double from Parker Hill, a two-run single by Cannon Ferrell and run-scoring singles from Isaac Whitehead and Kellen Glasscock to end it.

Evan Mahaffey finished 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs in the opener. Glasscock also had three hits, including a double, and scored twice. Quentin Polinski went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. Hill also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Coastal Carolina signee Shadden Peavyhouse doubled and drove in a run for Unicoi County (15-10).

In the nightcap, the Indians led the Smoky Bears 7-2 behind another solid effort on the mound from Max Everette. Everette ran into trouble in the fifth, leaving with two on and nobody out. Aiden Scanlan entered and wiggled free of the jam without allowing a run.

Everette (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out five over four innings, but also walked five and hit one.

“Like McDavid, Max has a chance to be really good as well,” added Wagner. “He needs to command the zone a little bit better than he did tonight.”

The Bears crept closer in the sixth when Noah Webb smashed a two-run homer to left off Scanlan. Three singles in the sixth plated a run, making it 8-5 and bringing Carson-Newman signee Charlie Brown to the plate as the tying run.

Tanner Doran relieved Scanlan, and Brown scorched a run-scoring single to make it 8-6. Ben Willcoxen moved around to third and Brown, still representing the tying run, also moved into scoring position at second on a relay throw to the plate.

But Doran got University of Tennessee signee Chase Wallace to hit a sharp grounder up the middle that Whitehead gloved backhanded behind second for the final out.

The Indians finished with a combined 25 hits in the two games. Poliniski was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBIs in the second game. Parker Hill had two more hits, including another double, his 14th two-bagger of the season, and drove in a run. Ivan Phillips reached on all four trips with two singles, a walk and a hit by pitch. Whitehead singled twice, drove in a run and scored once. Daniel Starnes’ single in the third ran his team season-high hitting streak to 13 games.

Willcoxen finished 4-for-5 for the Bears (16-14) and Brown 2-for-3. Wallace walked three times while Wyatt Moore was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

The Indians are scheduled to host Morristown West today at 4:30 p.m.

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