“Our pitchers threw well. We did everything the last two days to have everyone ready to go (for the District 1-AAA tournament),” said Indians coach Ryan Wagner. “We threw three guys last night and three tonight, so that sets us up good for the weekend. We pitched well and the bats got going late.”
Those bats piled on to a 3-1 lead after five innings.
Brogan Beckner’s leadoff double in the top of the sixth started it off for the Tribe. Beckner scored on Aaron Farley’s single before Will Gladson delivered an RBI single. When the top of the lineup came around, Cannon Ferrell provided a two-out RBI single.
The top of the seventh saw 11 D-B batters come to the plate. Following a walk, back-to-back doubles from Cade Maupin and Everett broke open the game.
The Indians finished with 11 hits, including two apiece by Jackson McDavid, Everett and John Deason.
Everett also threw the final three innings for the save. Tanner Doran started and went three innings and Aidan Scanlan tossed the fourth to earn the win.
HOME TEAM OFFENSE
The Blue Devils, who were without three starters because of injuries, had their own trio with two hits apiece: Owen Nicholson, Hunter Higgins and Caleb Wilson.
Nicholson led off the Unicoi County attack and scored twice. He almost had a third hit, but the Indians’ Jaden Alderson made a sliding catch in right field to close out the fourth with the bases full.
Higgins doubled and had a popup land in fair territory then bounce off Gladson for a hit.
Wilson’s hits were fifth- and sixth-inning doubles to the gaps in right-center and left-center.
The Indians (21-12) open the District 1-AAA tournament, which is being held at J. Fred Johnson Stadium, on Friday at 3 p.m. against Cherokee. The winner meets top-seeded Science Hill in the semifinals.
The Blue Devils (18-13) hold the top seed in the District 1-AA tournament. They play Saturday though the bracket hasn’t been finalized yet.
“We have some guys who can get the job done if they keep their head in it and their confidence up,” Unicoi County coach Chad Gillis said. “Dobyns-Bennett is a good baseball team.”