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Roundup: Lady Devils clip Bears for Senior Night win

From staff reports • May 15, 2018 at 1:18 AM

GATE CITY — The Gate City softball team had plenty of reason to celebrate on Senior Night.

In addition to honoring seniors Sydney Jesse, Alyssa Clark, Cammie Lovelace, Alexis Flanary and Erica Lane, the Lady Blue Devils pulled out a 6-5, eight-inning win over Union on Monday.

The Lady Bears (5-5) didn’t make it easy on them, though.

Union, down 4-2 entering the top of the sixth inning, pulled to within 4-3 when Jenna Wade’s RBI double scored Emilee Brooks, and Emily Mullins followed with an RBI double that plated Wade for the tie.

After the Lady Bears pushed across a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, Gate City (9-8-1, 6-4) put runners at first and second via errors but had two out. That was when Morgan Baker, called on to pinch-hit, slapped the ball down the third-base line to bring home Josie Howington from second and force extra innings.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, Sarah Thompson led off with a single up the middle. Flanary stepped to the plate and laid down a bunt, which was misplayed for an error. Thompson’s heads-up baserunning brought her all the way home from first and the Lady Blue Devils had their Senior Night win.

Thompson, Clark and Kinslee Hammonds each finished 3-for-4 in the Lady Blue Devils’ 12-hit effort, and Thompson scored a pair of runs.

Kate Pendleton struck out seven and gave up six hits in going the distance.

Brooks belted a two-run home run in the top of the third.

Gate City closes out the regular season with games at Ridgeview today and at Abingdon on Wednesday.

REGION 1-AAA SEMIFINALS

JEFFERSON COUNTY 8, CHEROKEE 0

DANDRIGE — Spellbound by freshman pitcher Catelyn Riley, Cherokee lost to host Jefferson County in the Region 1-AAA semifinals.

Riley crafted a one-hitter and totaled 10 strikeouts against two walks for the Lady Patriots (25-7), who earned a spot in Wednesday’s championship against Morristown East.

Jefferson County went up 2-0 in the third inning on RBI singles from Santana Hall and Erica Lewanski. A five-run fourth, highlighted by Lauren Acker’s grand slam, ended the competitive phase of the contest.

With Lewanski and Hall each going 2-for-3, the Lady Patriots amassed nine hits. Lewanski and Makayla Alvey both doubled.

Leadoff batter Grace Jones had the lone hit for Cherokee (16-17).

MORRISTOWN EAST 9, DAVID CROCKETT 7

JONESBOROUGH — Freshman third baseman Sarah King’s fifth-inning grand slam broke open a 4-4 game and the Lady Hurricanes ended the Lady Pioneers’ season for the second straight year.

Senior pitcher Kara Weems struck out five but walked six and took the loss despite her team battling back from a 9-4 deficit.

Crockett (33-11-1) scored four runs on six hits in the bottom of the fourth with Alyssa Suits singling in a run. Weems doubled home two more runs and Matty McKee’s RBI base knock knotted the game.

After King’s slam, Crockett struck for three runs in the sixth. Mackenzie Baldwin knocked in a pair of runs with a triple and Reagan Miller followed with a hit that plated Baldwin. Riley Hope grounded into a 4-4-3 double play to end the inning and David Crockett went down in order in the seventh.

REGION 1-AA SEMIFINALS

UNICOI COUNTY 8, GREENEVILLE 6

GREENEVILLE — Ashtan Vance hit a two-run home run to put Unicoi County ahead and Chloe Powers followed with a solo shot, completing the Lady Blue Devils’ rally from five runs down against the Lady Greene Devils.

The Lady Blue Devils (37-9) play at Elizabethton (25-13) in Wednesday's Region 1-AA championship game, which will be the teams’ sixth meeting this season. The Lady Cyclones won four of their five previous games.

Both teams qualified for the sectional round.

Hanna Taylor smacked a three-run homer in the bottom of the first for Greeneville (22-15).

Read Jeff Birchfield’s full story

ELIZABETHTON 9, GRAINGER 5

ELIZABETHTON — No. 9 hitter Maggie Johnson stroked a two-run fourth-inning single to give her team the lead, and the Lady Cyclones (25-13) advanced to a regional final clash with Unicoi County.

Elizabethton’s Lauren Brickey went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and earned the win in the circle. Brickey struck out nine in the complete-game effort.

Grainger got a two-run homer from Emily Agee in the top of the third inning and a three-run shot from Ramsey Thomson in the sixth. 

Read Doug Fritz’ full story

BASEBALL

REGION 1-AAA SEMIFINALS

SCIENCE HILL 2, JEFFERSON COUNTY 0

JOHNSON CITY — Garrett Stiltner poked a two-run single to left field in the fourth inning to lift the Hilltoppers over the Patriots (23-11) and into Wednesday’s regional championship game.

Science Hill (33-7) faces Seymour, an 8-0 winner over Tennessee High on Monday, for the regional title. Both finalists qualified for sectionals.

Brandon Feathers pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out 10. One of the hits the ace allowed was a bunt, and Jefferson County had only one runner reach second base.

Read Joe Avento’s full story

REGION 1-AA SEMIFINALS

ELIZABETHTON 3, WEST GREENE

ELIZABETHTON — Evan Perkins came through with a walk-off single to lift the Cyclones (24-8) into the regional final against Greeneville, a 5-0 winner over Unicoi County on Monday.

Both finalists also clinched berths in the sectional round.

Perkins’ seventh-inning game-decider scored Ethan Eggleston, who singled to lead off the inning but went all the way to third on an error.

Tre Shoun went the distance, allowing just three hits and two runs, one earned. He walked one and struck out five.

Read Doug Fritz’ full story

SOCCER

ABINGDON — Gate City’s soccer teams ran into a buzzsaw against Abingdon, with the Lady Blue Devils dropping a 6-2 decision and the Big Blue boys taking a 5-0 loss.

Amanda Vermillion had a goal and an assist, Callie McMurray netted a goal and Jamie Watts recorded an assist for Gate City’s girls. Madison Grizzle and Katelynn Parton split time in goal, with Grizzle making two saves and Parton three.

Claire Bunn recorded a hat trick for the Lady Falcons, and Emily Dorton, Makenzie Kidd and Daisy Lester each added a goal. Jasmine Montgomery made four saves.

On the boys’ side, Gate City’s Luke Reed had nine saves, but Abingdon’s offense was too potent. Aleksander Gjeorgievski had a brace, and Tyler Thayer, Campbell Howard and River Carter each added a goal. Zac Dickerson notched an assist.

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