D-B edges South in 13-inning marathon

Dave Ongie • Mar 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

KINGSPORT — What Dobyns-Bennett’s baseball team lacked in perfection, it more than made up for in resiliency.The Indians fell behind Sullivan South three times on Tuesday night at J. Fred Johnson Stadium, but they battled back on each occasion.And when Peyton Marshall drilled a line drive over the head of South left fielder Jamin McCann to bring home Chris Cook, the Indians finally were able to pour out of their dugout to celebrate an emotional 7-6 victory over the Big 8 Conference rival Rebels.“We responded,” D-B coach Ryan Wagner said. “We probably had a lot of chances to score more than one run to tie it, but they had chances, too.” Finding scoring opportunities was not the problem in this four-hour marathon. Instead, executing in clutch situations seemed to be a stumbling block for both teams.

The Rebels cruised into the bottom of the sixth inning with a 3-1 lead but couldn’t slam the door. Instead, D-B parlayed two hits, a walk, a couple of passed balls and an error into three runs to take a 4-3 lead into the top of the seventh.The Tribe was equally inept at slamming the door, committing a pair of errors to allow the game to slip into extra innings. Once in extras, the roller coaster didn’t slow down until Cook crossed the plate in home half of the 13th.

For complete coverage of the game see the March 20 edition of the Times-News.

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