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Tribe survives Chiefs, cold to win season opener

Tanner Cook • Mar 12, 2018 at 11:20 PM

KINGSPORT — The sun popped out long enough Monday for Dobyns-Bennett to start the baseball season with a 9-3 Big 7 Conference win over Cherokee at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

Indians shortstop Isaac Whitehead had three RBIs off a 1-for-3 day in which he singled, walked and had a sacrifice fly, and Jackson McDavid picked up the win on the mound.

Steve Owen went 3-for-4, all singles, for the Chiefs.

“I was proud of our pitchers tonight,” said Indians coach Ryan Wagner. “The weather was bad for pitching, but they battled. We didn’t have our best game, but it’s always good to get a win on opening day.”

INDIANS DRAW FIRST BLOOD

The Indians scored the first run of the season when Jaden Alderson came home on an error. D-B got another run in the second inning when Aiden Scanlan crossed home plate on Max Everett’s hard-hit liner to short.

BECKNER IN TROUBLE

Tribe pitcher Brogan Beckner got in a jam in both the first and second innings but extracted himself with timely strikeouts.

He caused some of his troubles by hitting three batters over the first three innings.

However, the Tribe led 3-0 after three frames.

CHIEFS STORM BACK

After a sacrifice fly got the Chiefs on the board, they tied the ballgame 3-3 when leadoff batter Steve Owen hit an infield single that scored a run and another run scored on an error.

The blown lead brought about a pitching change for the Tribe, with McDavid relieving Beckner. The Chiefs left two runners on base in the fourth.

DECISIVE INNING

In the bottom half of the fourth, the Indians blew open the game with a four-run outburst for a 7-3 lead.

The Tribe compiled three hits in the inning and Whitehead had two of his RBIs with a double to right field.

NOT THE CHIEFS’ DAY

A reversed call in the fifth inning cost the Chiefs a run. A Cherokee batter was called safe on a close play at first, but the call was overturned. Instead of scoring on the play, the Chiefs went back to the dugout with two left on base.

BACK IN ACTION

The teams are scheduled to play again Tuesday, this time in Rogersville. First pitch is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m.

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