KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett’s baseball game against Oak Ridge on Saturday afternoon featured a stellar beginning for Josh Holt and a storybook ending for Sam Taylor.
Holt (1-0) came up big in his first varsity start on the mound, throwing four scoreless innings and surrendering just one hit in D-B’s 9-1 win over the Wildcats at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
The Wildcats turned around and faced Sullivan South immediately following their loss to D-B and didn’t fare much better in the nightcap. The Rebels won 5-1.
D-B’s Taylor is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on a torn knee ligament next week. But the senior stepped gingerly into the batter’s box one last time on Saturday and lofted a single into right field before being lifted for a pinch runner.
“We wanted to try to find a way to get him an at-bat,” D-B coach Ryan Wagner said. “He’s got surgery next week. He’s such a great kid and a tough kid.
“We definitely miss him this year but he’s still around us and a good inspiration.”
Taylor’s single certainly seemed to inspire the Indians (5-1). It came in the midst of a four-run first frame that allowed the Tribe to take control of the contest.
In the second game, South rebounded from a humbling 10-0 loss at home to Morristown West on Friday night with a solid all-around effort against the Wildcats.
The Rebels (4-3) jumped ahead 2-0 and Tyler Troutman (1-1) made sure that lead stood up.
“That was a good way to bounce back right there,” South coach Anthony Richardson said. “We came in today and had a good little talk with our guys, tried to get refocused on what we’re doing.
“Any win is a good win right now.”
The trip turned out to be a lost weekend for the Wildcats, who committed almost as many errors (seven) as they had base hits (eight) over 14 innings of baseball.
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