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Lady 'Toppers tag Big 7 rival Tribe 16-4

March 18th, 2014 9:28 pm by George Thwaites

Lady 'Toppers tag Big 7 rival Tribe 16-4

Dobyns-Bennett's Hannah Whitson, left, puts the tag on Science Hill's Erin Gorzka during Tuesday's Big 7 game in Kingsport. (Ned JIlton II photo)

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KINGSPORT — Science Hill's softball team is doing better than expected.

Dobyns-Bennett's is doing a bit worse.

Emma Martindale had two doubles, a triple and four RBIs for the Lady Hilltoppers, who collected a 16-4 Big 7 Conference road win Tuesday at Indian Highland Park.

"We really didn't have any expectations at all," said Science Hill coach Jerry Higgins. "We returned three in the field from last year but only two from our batting lineup."

Of course, Martindale and winning pitcher Vanessa Elliott (5-1), both of whom alternate as either starting or relief pitchers for Science Hill, are the two in question.

Julie Wyse had an RBI single, a double and a sacrifice fly for the Lady 'Toppers (7-3, 2-0). Meredith Jackson had three hits and three RBIs and Megan Guinn had a single and sacrifice fly in the six-inning rout.

"These girls are super teammates. Everybody does their part," said Higgins, who formerly coached at D-B. "It's always good to beat the Indians."

D-B (5-5, 1-2) has been plagued by injuries, the most acute absences being sophomore pitchers Marissa Honeycutt and Brianna Patterson. As freshmen, those two helped the Tribe eliminate Science Hill from last year's District 1-AAA tournament.

Tuesday's starting pitcher, Hannah Whitson, has been pitching for only a month. Relief pitcher Makayla Frye has pitched for six weeks.

D-B coach Andy Hubbard had no complaints Tuesday about his pitchers who, like three other Tribe players, were basically out of position. What bothered Hubbard were the five errors and additional uncharted mental mistakes committed by the Lady Indians.

"What I was disappointed in was that we seemed to forget how to catch a fly ball," said Hubbard, who hopes to have Honeycutt and Patterson back after the upcoming Eastman tournament.

Madi Kilby paced the D-B lineup with four hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Frye went 3-for-4 with a double.

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