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D-B baseball in midst of rugged 9-day stretch

By Douglas Fritz • Apr 10, 2018 at 1:06 AM

Dobyns-Bennett will have to navigate the sharp teeth of a tough baseball schedule in a nine-day stretch.

Coach Ryan Wagner has certainly put a challenge in front of his team. After playing rival Science Hill on Monday and today, the Indians will play in the Scott Dean Memorial tournament in Knoxville. D-B was originally scheduled to play nine-time state champion Farragut on Thursday but made a late schedule change.

“We’re not playing Farragut on Thursday night,” Wagner said. “We’re playing three games. We had four and they had five, so we decided we were going to play two games Friday and one Saturday. With the stretch we have, that’s plenty of games. It’s a tough stretch.”

The Indians still will play topnotch competition with games against Webb, Bearden and Maryville. Then the Indians bounce back on April 16-17 with the Big 7 Conference showdowns against Tennessee High.

At the end of this nine-day stretch, the Indians should have a strong knowledge about their postseason chances.

EASTMAN PROGRESS

David Crockett was already one of the top softball teams in Northeast Tennessee, and the Lady Pioneers’ performance in the Eastman Invitational reaffirmed their status.

Crockett tied Grainger on Friday before running through Elizabethton, Unaka twice and Unicoi County. The Lady Pioneers were knocked off by Walker Valley in the semifinals but left the event with a solid record of 12-5 overall.

“I thought the team played great as a whole,” said Crockett coach Carla Weems. “Kara Weems and Matty McKee pitched some great games, Reagan Miller hit a home run and had several RBIs, and Riley Hope hit the ball well as did Lenzie Jenkins.”

Crockett also got it done with the gloves.

“We played good defense all day (Sunday),” the coach said. “I am just proud of my team.”

Crockett, which sits third in the rugged Big 7, faces a tough schedule this week. After battling Unicoi again Monday, Crockett plays D-B today and Daniel Boone on Wednesday.

SOCCER UPDATE

Class AAA

Dobyns-Bennett is off to a 7-0-2 start this season, and the Indians are ranked No. 7 in the latest state poll.

Traditional powerhouse Houston is No. 1, followed by Independence, Station Camp, Hendersonville, Cookeville and Collierville.

D-B has been dominant this season, outscoring its opponents by a combined total of 35-3. The Indians tied Science Hill (1-1) and battled to a scoreless draw against Oklahoma’s Norman North in the recent Southern Coast Cup in Foley, Ala.

Class AA

Greeneville is ranked No. 1 in the latest Class AA poll. The Greene Devils (8-2-0) are the defending Class A-AA champions from a final eight that included Division II powers Christian Academy of Knoxville and Christ Presbyterian Academy.

Now in Class AA and with most of the private schools out of the picture, the Greene Devils still have to contend with private school Knox Catholic, which is ranked No. 5.

White House is No. 2 and No. 3 Central Magnet already owns a 3-2 win over Greeneville this season.

COLLEGE SIGNING

Science Hill’s Ben Grable has made his college choice for baseball. He will sign with Walters State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Science Hill’s gym.

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