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Prep roundup: Dobyns-Bennett's girls tennis team sets sail to state; Hilltoppers, Cyclones advance in baseball

From staff reports • May 17, 2018 at 12:50 AM

KNOXVILLE — The Dobyns-Bennett girls tennis team went on the road to Knoxville on Wednesday and came back home with a state tournament berth.

The Lady Indians fought off Knox Catholic 4-3 to earn their first sectional title since 2012 and secure a spot in next week’s TSSAA Large Class tournament at the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro.

The Tribe’s Willa Rogers and Lainey Hill continued their doubles dominance this season with an 8-3 victory, and both also won their singles matches. Rogers breezed 6-0, 6-2 and Hill fought her way through a three-setter, winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

Emily Cai clinched the title for D-B with her 6-2, 6-3 win.

SOFTBALL

TWIN SPRINGS 12, THOMAS WALKER 0, 5 INNINGS

EWING — Neither a one-day rain delay nor a site change could derail Twin Springs in the Cumberland District tournament.

The Lady Titans (14-7) overwhelmed Thomas Walker in a game pushed back because of Tuesday’s rain and moved from Nickelsville to Ewing on Wednesday because of more wet weather.

Aubrey Powers tossed a one-hitter and led the Lady Titans’ 15-hit onslaught with a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort. Two of her hits were doubles.

Talyn Dibrell had the Lady Pioneers’ hit and finished 1-for-2.

Twin Springs (14-7) moved into today’s Cumberland semifinals at Eastside. The Lady Titans meet Scott County rival Rye Cove at 5 p.m., and the top-seeded Lady Spartans play J.I. Burton at 7 p.m. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for Friday at Eastside.

UNICOI COUNTY 5, ELIZABETHTON 2

ELIZABETHTON — Sydney Miller cracked a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to send the Lady Blue Devils on their way to the Region 1-AA title and home-field advantage for the sectionals.

Unicoi County (38-9) hosts Kingston on Saturday at 1 p.m. to determine who advances to the state tournament. Elizabethton (25-14) must go to Gibbs on Friday.

Allee Griffith allowed just six hits and two runs, one earned, in the complete-game effort for the Lady Blue Devils.

Lauren Brickey, who took the loss in the circle, had a line-drive solo homer in the sixth.

BASEBALL

SCIENCE HILL 7, SEYMOUR 0

SEYMOUR — The Hilltoppers rode Garrett Wilkins’ 12-strikeout performance and three home runs to the Region 1-AAA championship.

Wilkins gave up just three hits, all singles, in a shutdown performance. He struck out six consecutive batters during one stretch between the fourth and sixth innings.

Ben Grable opened the game with a solo shot over the right-field fence. Chance Hall added a two-run home run in the seventh and Matthew Levi followed with a solo shot for the Hilltoppers, who totaled five extra-base hits. Grable finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two stolen bases and two runs scored.

The win gave Science Hill (34-7) a sweep of the Big 7 Conference, District 1-AAA and regional championships. The Hilltoppers host a sectional game against Karns (30-8) on Saturday with a state tournament berth on the line.

ELIZABETHTON 9, GREENEVILLE 4

JOHNSON CITY — Evan Perkins went 4-for-4, including a three-run double, and finished with five RBIs to power Elizabethton past Greeneville in the Region 1-AA final.

The Cyclones (25-8) have outscored their six postseason opponents by a 56-9 margin. They host Gibbs on Friday in the sectional round, and the winner heads to the state tournament.

Winning pitcher Evan Carter tossed five shutout innings before giving way to Corey Russell after allowing two runs in the sixth. Ryan Wetzel had two of Elizabethton's 10 hits and scored three times.

Jacques Gillespie took the loss for the Greene Devils (24-11-1), who got seventh-inning RBI singles from Gus Fraley and Jordan Idell.

GREENBACK 3, UNIVERSITY HIGH 1

GREENBACK — Tyler Cullen struck out the first four batters he faced, and six of his first 10, to pitch Greenback past University High in the Region 1-A title game.

The Cherokees (28-8) earned a home game for Friday’s sectional round against Chattanooga School of Arts and Sciences. The Bucs (22-11) must hit the road to take on Lookout Valley. Friday’s winners earn berths in next week’s state tournament in Murfreesboro.

University High managed just two hits, and they came from consecutive batters in the second inning. Jack Bembry hit a two-out double and scored on Brant Hare’s sharp single.

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