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D-B, Boone starters impress in Classic

March 29th, 2013 9:35 pm by Greg Peters

D-B, Boone starters impress in Classic

KINGSPORT — Good Friday may not have had good weather, but both Dobyns-Bennett and Daniel Boone made the best of what Mother Nature offered on the second day of the Kingsport Mets/Coca-Cola Classic.

Dobyns-Bennett bounced back from an early 8-7 loss to Abingdon with a 10-2 win over Cocke County.

Daniel Boone, catching Abingdon in back-to-back games, pounded out 15 hits in a  12-1 victory before taking care of Cocke County with a six-inning win, 13-3.

The winning teams got solid pitching efforts from their starters.

Indians senior A.J. Anderson got the call for his first start of the season in the team’s second game of the day. The lanky right-hander went six innings, allowing only three hits in his first victory. He faced the minimum of batters in four of his six innings of work.

Combined with reliever Kurt Matioda, who came on in the seventh, Cocke County did not have a batter reach base after the third.

Daniel Boone coach Rob Hoover has seen the weather play havoc with his rotation but got a strong outing from his starting pitcher, Don Wagner. Wagner, who has been a victim of the weather the past few weeks, showed no signs of any layoff.

The right-hander pitched 5 2-3 innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five, before a limited pitch count saw his removal.

“He’s had bad luck with the weather. He threw the opening day start and has had his last two starts rained out,” Hoover said. “I felt bad that he hasn’t been able to throw, but he was ready and gave a great effort.”

Mason Pugh came on in relief, striking out three and walking one.

In its nightcap, Boone came back out and made short work of Cocke County.  David Love picked up the win, giving up one hit in six innings.

For the complete story, pick up a copy of Saturday’s Times-News.

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