KINGSPORT — Friday's contest against Morristown West marked the first game back for Dobyns-Bennett baseball coach Ryan Wagner after the birth of his son on Wednesday.
The Indians welcomed Wagner back in style, gutting out a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Trojans.
"That's a good baby gift right there," Wagner said after the Tribe pushed its record to 7-0. "They played good without me, too."
The Indians jumped out to a 4-1 lead before West (4-3) plated two runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull within a run. The Indians scraped across an insurance run in the bottom of the frame, and it turned out to be crucial.
West pulled within a run with nobody out in the top of the seventh, prompting Wagner to bring in Logan Gentry to close out the game.
But Gentry promptly gave up a rocket to the gap in left-center against the first batter he faced, and the tying run was rounding third and heading home as D-B worked to get the ball back into the infield. Shortstop Caleb Cook took the relay and fired a laser to the plate where catcher Sammy Salyers was waiting to apply the tag and preserve D-B's one-run cushion.
Gentry settled in and struck out the final two batters he faced to record his first save of the season.
Jeb Lambert (1-0) got his first start of the season, and the junior came through with 5 1-3 innings of work to pick up the win.
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