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Lady Blue Devils' Pendleton no-hits Lady Falcons

From staff reports • May 12, 2018 at 2:19 AM

GATE CITY — Thanks to Kate Pendleton’s arm and a defense that had her back, Gate City’s softball team proved unhittable Friday.

Pendleton no-hit Abingdon in a 4-0 Mountain 7 District victory by the Lady Blue Devils on their home field. The junior struck out five and the defense made good plays behind her, including three putouts — and two tremendous catches — by Alexis Flanary in right field.

Flanary stepped up on offense, too, belting a solo home run in the fifth inning and finishing 2-for-3.

Kinslee Hammonds had her own solo shot that came in the sixth and finished 2-for-3, and Alyssa Clark also was 2-for-3 as part of the Lady Blue Devils’ eight-hit night against the Lady Falcons (10-6, 5-5).

Gate City (8-8, 5-4) has regular-season games remaining Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before starting postseason play.

BASEBALL

J.I. BURTON 18, CASTLEWOOD 0

NORTON — The Raiders cranked into high gear in the opening round of the Cumberland District tournament, racking up 20 hits in eliminating the Blue Devils.

Seven J.I. Burton batters recorded multiple hits and RBIs, led by Brady Winebarger’s 4-for-4, two-RBI effort that included a double. Aaron Madrigal was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Andrew Cavins got the win on the mound for Burton, striking out five batters and allowing four hits. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in a pair of runs.

The Raiders advanced to take on Twin Springs on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the semifinal round.

ABINGDON 17, GATE CITY 4

GATE CITY — Kevin Christy smacked a three-run homer in the top of the first to send the Falcons on their way to the Mountain 7 District regular-season win.

Christy added two more homers and Cade Hungate and Chase Hungate each slapped a two-run shot in Abingdon’s 20-hit day.

The Blue Devils plated four runs in the fifth, highlighted by Jon Compton’s three-run homer. Compton finished 2-for-3.

Bryson Thomas, the first of four Abingdon pitchers, picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings of work. Mason Barnett took the loss.

WISE CENTRAL 11, RIDGEVIEW 7

CLINTWOOD — The Warriors (7-9, 6-4) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning en route to a Mountain 7 road victory over the Wolfpack.

Zach James had a two-run home run in the first inning and scored a pair of runs.

Landon Elkins tripled and had two RBIs and Jarret Jessee went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.

Noah Mullins had two doubles and three RBIs for Ridgeview (5-13, 2-10).

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