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Falcons pile up 17 hits, win fourth straight

Johnny Wilson, Sports Correspondent • May 2, 2018 at 2:15 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Volunteer is about to get this baseball thing figured out just in time for the District 1-AAA tournament.

Losers of 19 of their first 22 games, the Falcons won their fourth straight on Tuesday by outslugging Sullivan Central 14-10.

It was the Falcons’ second defeat of Central in two days, following Monday’s 13-12 comeback victory on Volunteer’s Senior Day.

Central (7-11) had visions of a little payback on its own Senior Day, but the homestanding Cougars couldn’t keep pace with the hot bats of Volunteer.

Led by big bopper Aaron Wills, who had a pair of run-scoring doubles and a three-run home run for six RBIs, the Falcons (7-19) collected 17 base hits.

“You score 12 one night and 10 the next and usually you can expect to win,” said Central coach Clay Colley. “But hats off to them for hitting the ball like that.

“If they keep hitting like that then they’ve got a chance to win a ballgame or two in their conference tournament.”

And that would tickle Volunteer coach Chuck McLain, who acknowledged a team can certainly win some games scoring 13 and 14 runs.

“That’s exactly right,’’ McLain said. “And we scored seven and 12 runs in our wins last week.

“I feel like we’ve turned the corner in that department. Now, if we can just make some routine plays defensively.”


The top half of the Volunteer lineup did most of the damage for the Falcons.

Ethan Sargent had three hits and three RBIs to back Wills, and Alex Wilson had two hits and scored four runs.

Eli Dixon and Gabe Musick both had an RBI and Caleb Spears had two hits and scored twice. Heath Douthat kept the offense moving as well, banging out three hits and reaching base four times.

“The offense has come to play the last four games,’’ McLain said. “I’m tickled for Aaron, who hit his first varsity home run as just a sophomore.”


Central stayed close all night but never could gain the lead after Volunteer scored three runs in the top of the first.

Volunteer led 6-0 at one point, but with the Falcons struggling to the tune of six errors, the Cougars were able to get to within 7-6 by the end of the third inning.

Trey Sells led Central offensively with three hits and three RBIs. Matt Long and Issac Hood both had two hits and an RBI, and Austin Fleenor and Kaden Grayer both had a hit and drove in a run.

Dixon gained the win for Volunteer with adequate relief help from Musick and Douthat, who earned a save when he got Hood to fly out to end the game with the bases loaded.

Sells absorbed the loss for Central, which collected nine hits but committed five errors.


Volunteer faces Tennessee High on Friday to open the District 1-AAA tournament. Central plays in the District 1-AA event the same evening.

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