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Beckner, Ball one-hit Chiefs in Tribe's 1-AAA win

Jeff Birchfield • May 5, 2018 at 3:20 AM

KINGSPORT — Pitching and defense may be baseball recipes for victory. When you add in Dobyns-Bennett’s hitting, it can create a five-star, or more accurately in baseball terms a five-inning, victory Friday at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

Brogan Beckner and Jeremiah Ball combined to give up just one hit and the Indians swatted 11 hits, including a pair of two-RBI hits and a three-run home run, in an 11-1 win over Cherokee in the opening round of the District 1-AAA tournament.

The Indians (22-12) scored eight runs in the fourth inning and earned the right to square off with top-seeded Science Hill today at 11 a.m.

“We played well and we swung the bats,” D-B coach Ryan Wagner said. “When it warms up, that really helps, but we’ve looked good the last couple of days in practice. I know batting practice is different when you have a guy like (Cherokee starter Nick) Collins on the mound. We got to him the first inning, and then he settled down. I don’t know what about that fourth inning, other than we had guys like John Deason have big hits like that all season. We hit it throughout the lineup.”

That was the truth.

Deason had a two-run double and Jackson McDavid added a two-run double before Cade Maupin blasted a three-run home run to left.

“I can’t describe that feeling,” Maupin said of his second career home run. “It was a big part of the game and I felt like they were defeated after that. It seemed like it put us over the edge and they couldn’t handle it after that.”

Beckner threw nine strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings and gave up the only run on an RBI single by Collins that scored Ryan Morgan. Ball didn’t give up a hit and issued only one walk in his 1 1/3 innings on the mound.

Aaron Farley was 3-for-3, McDavid was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Max Everett was 2-for-3. Cannon Ferrell and Jaden Alderson each scored two runs.

Cherokee (12-16) saw the end of its first year in the Big 7 Conference, which included a one-run win over D-B.

“I can’t say I’m not disappointed,” Chiefs coach Matthew Carter said. “The score doesn’t dictate how that game went. You get down a few and it gets tough. They got some timely hits and we didn’t. We competed and battled, but we couldn’t get that big hit. Beckner did a great job when guys were in scoring position and Ball in relief did an outstanding job.”


The Vikings scored eight runs in the third inning and five in the fourth that, combined with a one-hitter by Davis Hall, resulted in the five-inning game.

Banks hit a three-run home run to put the Vikings (27-8) over the top. He, C.J. Hess, Gavin Cross and Bodhi Baker all scored two runs.

Aaron Willis had the only hit for the Falcons (7-20). Ethan Sargent suffered the loss before turning the ball over to Noah Johnson. Eli Dixon finished the game. The loss ended a week during which Volunteer had 35 hits and picked up a big Senior Day win.

“We had a four-game winning streak before the district tournament and had a little momentum going,” Volunteer coach Chuck McClain said. “You have to give Hall all the credit. We had one hit off him and maybe one more baserunner. And the way they hit it, they’re the best offensive team in the conference.”


Easton Harrell went 3-for-4 with five RBIs to lead the Trailblazers (19-10) over the Pioneers (9-22) in the battle of Washington County rivals.

The Trailblazers had 18 hits overall with Brody Goodman going 4-for-4 with four runs scored and Zach Taylor with three hits, including two doubles.

Matt Cox picked up the win, giving up three runs and five hits over five innings. Robbie Storen closed out the game. Devin Foster took the loss for the Pioneers, who extended the game with James Broyles’ two-run double and an RBI single by Brodie Fox.

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