KINGSPORT — Once again, rain forced host Volunteer to move the District 1-AAA baseball tournament to J. Fred Johnson Stadium. While light rain fell early Tuesday, it was the storm that blew in late that allowed Dobyns-Bennett to soak Science Hill 13-2 in five innings.
Earlier in the evening, Daniel Boone continued to ride strong pitching to a 7-0 shutout of Tennessee High.
D-B unleashed its storm in the fourth and fifth innings, when it scored 10 runs and brought the game to an early end.
Sophomore Caleb Cook took the mound for the Indians and struggled through the first inning, allowing the Hilltoppers’ only two runs.
“Caleb threw 37 pitches in the first inning and then he settled down,” said D-B coach Ryan Wagner. “Obviously being a sophomore and pitching in a game like this, his nerves would be rattled but he settled, and what a job he did.”
In the last four innings, Cook allowed only two hits while striking out five.
Leading D-B’s late-inning surge was first baseman Logan Gentry. After recording a two-RBI single in the fourth, he came back with a three-run home run in the fifth — his third round-tripper of the tournament.
“We knew we had to play well tonight especially since they beat us twice this season. But we had won two good games in the tournament and came in and got it done,” Gentry said.
Payton Marshall and Christian Bailey both added two RBIs, and Mason Ewers went 3-for-4 and scored three runs for D-B.
Science Hill gets to come back Wednesday against Daniel Boone. Game time is at 6 p.m in Church Hill. The winner will face D-B for the championship on Thursday, with an if-necessary game set for Friday.
“They beat us with two-out hits all night long. Credit them, they had some great at-bats and Cook settled in and made great pitches,” said Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards.
Science Hill’s Matthew Beaird scored the Hilltoppers’ first run on a throwing error, and David Bryant’s sacrifice drove home Will Craig with the other run.
For the third straight game, Boone used strong pitching to move closer to the championship bracket.
Taylor Smith threw seven innings and allowed seven hits. He also went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Only two Vikings runners advanced past second base. One of those came in the first when Taylor worked out of a bases-loaded situation with two outs.
“We’ve done an outstanding job with credit to our seniors, including the job Smith did tonight. Whoever has had their number called has stepped up and done an incredible job,” said Trailblazers coach Rob Hoover.
Leading the way for Boone was Jake Littleton, with two RBIs, and Trey Combest, who went 2-for-3.