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Edwards’ RBI single in 7th lifts Boone over Cherokee

From staff reports • Mar 27, 2019 at 1:43 AM

GRAY — Colby Backus drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and scored on Anthony Edwards’ one-out single to lift Daniel Boone to a 2-1 Big 7 Conference baseball win over Cherokee on Tuesday.

Hunter Adams followed Backus’ walk with a base on balls, then Ben Allen laid down a sacrifice to move the two runners into scoring position. From there came a Logan Rivers walk to load the bases, setting up an Edwards’ base hit to center field.

There was no scoring in the game till the sixth, when Brody Goodman’s misplayed grounder enabled Derek Percell to put the Trailblazers up 1-0. The Chiefs answered in the top of the seventh, with a Jesse Forgety double driving in Nick Collins.

Cade Elliott threw a three- hit gem for Boone, racking up 12 strikeouts against one walk.

Forgety also went the whole way, yielding four hits. Despite walking six and hitting a batter, he surrendered only one earned run.

Rivers, who drew a pair of walks, and Cherokee’s Carter Morelock each went 1-for-2.

SULLIVAN NORTH 8, HAMPTON 2

KINGSPORT — Starting pitcher Braydon Wilhoit struck out 11 batters over six innings and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Golden Raiders.

Corey Hartbell doubled and drove in a run in his 2-for-4 showing for Sullivan North, which pulled away with a five-run fifth.

Hampton freshman Morgan Lyons made his second career start from the mound, allowing four earned runs on six hits. He registered five strikeouts and walked none.

Dalton Rouse and Josh Owens were each 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs. Rouse knocked in a run.

SULLIVAN SOUTH 21, SULLIVAN CENTRAL 2

BLOUNTVILLE — The Rebels belted five home runs in a blowout Three Rivers Conference win over the Cougars that saw Sullivan South explode for 10 runs in the top of the third inning.

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Drew Creech, who also pitched a complete game, and Chase Bowery smacked two home runs apiece. Jeffrey Leonard had the fifth South homer, and he, Creech, Bowery and Cole Layne tacked on a double apiece in the win.

The teams play again Wednesday at noon at South.

SULLIVAN EAST 19, JOHNSON COUNTY 0

MOUNTAIN CITY — Perry Casaday gave his Patriots nearly maximum productivity, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and a half-dozen RBIs.

Casaday doubled twice. Dylan White had a triple in a 2-for-2 output that included three runs and three RBIs.

Dylan Bartley (2 hits, 2 RBIs), Eli Milhorn (3 runs, 3 walks, 2 RBIs), Hunter Mullins (3 runs, 3 walks), Brantley Ellis (double, 2 RBIs) and Tanner Lefew (2 RBIs) also turned in noteworthy offensive figures for Sullivan East.

Ellis hurled a five-inning shutout, striking out five.

Jayden Joiner and Asa Lewis each finished 1-for-1 for the Longhorns. Joiner walked twice.

HANAHAN, S.C. 13, DOBYNS-BENNETT 3

HANAHAN, S.C. — The Indians got caught in a first-inning avalanche that resulted in a 9-0 Hanahan lead.

A Jonathan Barham grand slam highlighted the early onslaught. Charlie Mac Toman went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs for the winners, who got a 2-for-4 effort from Barham.

Aaron Farley doubled and Jake Timbes and Noah Hale each knocked in a run for the Indians. Grayson England performed well by holding Hanahan to an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings of middle relief, picking up four strikeouts in the process.

TENNESSEE HIGH 15, VOLUNTEER 0

BRISTOL, Tenn. — C.J. Hess unloaded a three-run homer in the second to set the tone for the Vikings’ five-inning Big 7 rout of the Falcons.

Hess totaled two hits and five RBIs, scoring twice.

TWIN SPRINGS 5, RIDGEVIEW 4

CLINTWOOD — Cole Burke had two hits and drove in three runs, Justin Reed doubled and scored three times, and the Titans held off the Wolfpack in a nondistrict matchup.

Starter Tanner Dingus went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, a walk and three runs — just one earned — while striking out nine for the win.

McKenzie Sproles fanned 11 in 6 2-3 innings of work for Ridgeview, which was outhit just 6-4 but committed five errors. Sproles gave up six hits and three earned runs but walked four.

J.I. BURTON 29, TWIN VALLEY 4

J.I. BURTON 19, TWIN VALLEY 1

NORTON — The Raiders were relentless in their nondistrict doubleheader with the Panthers.

A 22-run second inning wrote the book on the Raiders’ 29-4 victory. They had 13 hits in the game but had help from five Panthers errors.

Jaymen Buchanan contributed to the onslaught by driving in five of Burton’s runs. Buchanan, Derrick Allen and Jonah Cochrane each finished with two hits apiece.

In the Raiders’ 19-1 win, which went only three innings, Caleb McCurdy didn’t allow a hit.

SOFTBALL

DAVID CROCKETT 4, CHEROKEE 3

JONESBOROUGH — Kara Weems struck out 11 over seven innings, Haley Arrowood scored the go- ahead run in the sixth and the Lady Pioneers fought off the Lady Chiefs for the Big 7 win.

Arrowood got on base with a bunt single in the bottom of the sixth. She later scored the winning run on a Cherokee error.

Alyssa Suits led the Lady Pioneers with her 3-for-3, two-RBI effort. Aubri Burger was 2-for-4, and Madison Pleasant had a double and scored two runs.

Weems gave up five hits and two earned runs.

Haley Vigil was 2-for-2 with two RBIs for Cherokee. Bailee Hamilton suffered the loss, giving up eight hits over six innings.

VOLUNTEER 10, UNIVERSITY HIGH 0

CHURCH HILL — Aliyah Crawley homered, scored twice and drove in three runs in a 2-for-3 effort, and the Lady Falcons prevailed in five innings.

Alli Chandler nearly matched Crawley’s production, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Audrey Evans had a good day as well, turning in a 2-for-3, two-run performance.

University High managed just one hit, a single by Sydney Trosin in the third inning.

DANIEL BOONE 6, TENNESSEE HIGH 1

GRAY — Nickolette Ferguson and Jaycie Jenkins combined for five hits and four RBIs to back Megan Ackerman’s stellar pitching.

Ferguson went 3-for-3, driving in two runs, and Jenkins wound up 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Brylee Mesusan and McKenna Dietz each stole a pair of bases.

Daniel Boone, which totaled eight hits, separated from Tennessee High with a three- run third inning and two-run fourth.

Ackerman allowed six hits in a complete game, striking out six batters and walking none.

LINCOLN (ALA.) 6, SULLIVAN EAST 1

HOMEWOOD (ALA.) 9, SULLIVAN EAST 8

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Hannah Scott went 2-for-2, Chelsea Sams had an RBI single and Katelyne Loudy accounted for a single and a run in the Lady Patriots’ first game of the day.

In the second game, Loudy went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs and Sams was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Kylee Wolfe also finished 2-for-3 and drove in a run for Sullivan East.

WISE CENTRAL 11, RYE COVE 1

WISE — Hannah Carter went 3-for-4 — including a home run — and finished with four RBIs and three runs scored in the Lady Warriors’ six-inning nondistrict victory.

Jill Sturgill went the distance, striking out 10 and allowed just three hits and an earned run.

Ashley Smith went 2-for-3 and scored for the Lady Eagles in the first inning. Lexie Rhoten took the loss.

RIDGEVIEW 6, EASTSIDE 0

CLINTWOOD — Nikole Counts used her arm and her bat to lead the Lady Wolfpack to the win.

Counts struck out 11 Lady Spartans batters on defense and recorded three hits and scored two runs on offense.

Bailey Frazier rapped out two hits and drove in one for Ridgeview.

JOHN BATTLE 8, ABINGDON 0

BRISTOL, Va. — Madison Hill struck out 14 players over seven innings and the Lady Trojans blanked the Lady Falcons in a Mountain 7 game.

Peyton Crowder and Haylee Dee contributed two runs apiece for the Lady Trojans.

SOCCER

GATE CITY 4, LEBANON 2

LEBANON — Amanda Vermillion recorded two goals and two assists to lead the Lady Blue Devils to a victory over the Lady Pioneers.

Keeper Kaitlyn Parton had five stops, and Caroline Dishner and Abby Williams accounted for the other goals for Gate City.

Caydyn Burke and Destiny Collins scored for Lebanon.

The boys of Gate City and Lebanon played to an overtime stalemate.

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