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Dobyns-Bennett, Gate City take wins in Coca-Cola Classic

Bill Lane • Mar 25, 2010 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett and Gate City were on top of their game with pitching and hitting Wednesday in the Coca-Cola Classic.

After D-B walloped Greeneville 18-0 in an abbreviated baseball contest, Gate City followed up at J. Fred Johnson Stadium with an 8-0 victory over the same Greene Devils.

As hard as the Greene Devils tried, they could not score. Tyler Blair tripled, Luke Rambo doubled and Kip Grooms singled off D-B’s Peyton Taylor but Greeneville couldn’t get a runner across home plate.

Greeneville had considerably more base activity against Gate City (2-1) but stranded 10 runners. The combined servings of Nathan Brown and Luke Kirk shut off passage to the plate, however.

D-B (4-1) unloaded a 15-hit attack on three Greeneville pitchers in the opener and won by the slaughter rule. Nick Loughry belted two triples and a pair of singles to drive in five runs. Sean Seabolt had four hits and three RBIs and Nathan Millsap got his second homer of the season.

“We’re taking a solid, fundamental approach with nothing fancy,’’ D-B coach Mike Ritz said. “We’re a really young team with only one senior in the lineup. This team has a lot of grit.’’

Seabolt hiked his batting average to .643 and Loughry raised his to .474.

“Loughry has picked up where he left off last year, when he batted .454,’’ Ritz said. “Seabolt is finally seeing the light and hitting the ball better.’’

Taylor pitched a two-hitter to notch his second win.

“Peyton has had two good outings,’’ Ritz said. “He’s a sophmore who’s improving.’’

The top half of the D-B batting order scored 16 runs combined.

Gate City jolted the Greene Devils with a 12-hit attack. Wes Hughes homered and doubled. Kirk tripled and singled twice.

Brown hurled the first four innings then gave way to Kirk and the Blue Devils’ ace struck out nine batters in the last three innings.

Kirk’s fast ball ranged from 81 to 87 mph on the radar gun.

“We got some good pitching tonight,’’ Gate City coach Darren Reed said. “I can’t say enough about Nathan and Luke. All of our pitchers are good when they’re on but I guess that’s the nature of the game.

“Our old heads stepped up and swung the bats. For our young ones, it’s going to be a gradual learning process.’’

Reed’s team had self-destructed against Sullivan South in its second game. “We did not show the kind of mistakes we made last week,’’ he said.

Gate City and D-B will do battle at the stadium in a 5 p.m. game today, after which the Indians will take on Sullivan North.

Other Coca-Cola Classic games are being played at Sullivan South, Science Hill and Tennessee High.

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