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Try, try again: Spartans, Raiders to play for Cumberland title on Monday

From staff reports • May 18, 2018 at 12:37 AM

COEBURN — The Eastside and J.I. Burton baseball teams tried their best Thursday to play the Cumberland District tournament championship.

Mother Nature would have none of it.

With the Raiders leading 3-0 going into the bottom of the second inning, a deluge hit Alumni Stadium and eventually flooded Tracy Stallard Field. In an attempt to complete the game, the teams loaded up the buses and headed to Norton only to learn Burton’s field also was unplayable by this point.

On to Plan C.

Burton’s graduation is today, so the teams now will attempt to decide the tournament champion on Monday back at Eastside.

Today’s Cumberland tournament consolation game between Twin Springs and Rye Cove, meanwhile, has been moved to Gate City with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.

CENTRAL 8, UNION 4, 5 INNINGS

WISE — The Warriors and Bears managed to dodge the raindrops — at least through five innings — to get in their Mountain 7 District matchup.

Bryson Collins doubled and drove in two runs and Zach James went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Central, which led 5-0 after three innings before Union’s four-run outburst in the top of the fourth. The Warriors (8-9, 7-4) answered with three runs in the bottom half and Tyler Muncy kept the Bears (10-10, 5-7) at bay the rest of the game.

Muncy gave up four runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. He also doubled and drove in a run.

Landon Elkins had a double and stole a base, and JP Stallard, Evan Stanley and Keegan Jones each drove in a run for Central.

Braxton Zirkle and Bailey Gibson had two RBIs apiece in the Bears’ big inning. Zirkle and Landry Baker each had a double, and Gibson and Hunter Anderson had the team’s only other hits against Muncy.

CUMBERLAND SOFTBALL SEMIFINALS

EWING — Twin Springs and Eastside advanced to the Cumberland District tournament title game in opposite fashion. The Lady Titans edged Scott County rival Rye Cove 1-0 while the Lady Spartans rolled to a 12-3 victory over J.I. Burton in semifinal games moved to Thomas Walker because of field conditions caused by all the rainy weather.

Lauren Duncan’s RBI in the top of the sixth inning was the difference for Twin Springs. Duncan finished 2-for-3 with a double and Bell McCoy was 2-for-4, also with a double.

Aubrey Powers kept the Lady Eagles off the scoreboard while scattering eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Hailey Byington and Abby Vicars each went 2-for-4 for Rye Cove. Byington was the hard-luck loser after giving up just the one run on nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Jayme Salyers and Reiley McCoy launched homers in the Lady Spartans’ semifinal win.

The tournament consolation and championship games were rescheduled for Monday at Eastside. Rye Cove and Burton are slated to meet at 5 p.m., followed by Eastside taking on Twin Springs at 7 p.m. for the title.

MOUNTAIN 7 SOCCER

HONAKER — Gate City’s girls secured the automatic berth for the Region 2D tournament with a 3-1 victory over Honaker in which Lady Tigers keeper Jada Mullins made 20 saves.

Jamie Watts had a goal and an assist, Abby Williams and Callie McMurray recorded a goal apiece, and Caroline Dishner and Gracie Musick each had an assist for the Lady Blue Devils (12-2-1, 11-2-1 Mountain 7).

Madison Grizzle had two saves for Gate City.

In the boys’ match, Levi Rhoton netted a goal with 30 seconds left in the second overtime to give Gate City the 1-0 win.

Luke Reed recorded five saves for the Blue Devils.

TSSAA CLASS AAA TENNIS

KNOXVILLE — Science Hill’s run toward the TSSAA Large Class tennis tournament in Murfreesboro came up one match short.

Bearden earned 4-1 decision in the Class AAA quarterfinals. Freshman Griffin Nickels’ 6-1, 6-3 win over Josh Duzan at No. 1 singles was the only point the Hilltoppers mustered.

“I thought Bearden played a fantastic match all the way down the lineup,” said Science Hill coach Kelly Lane.

Nickels was the bright spot for Science Hill.

“He played fantastic,” Lane said. “It was some of the best tennis he has played all year.”

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