KINGSPORT — Fans saw a well-pitched high school baseball game at J. Fred Johnson Stadium on Monday night.
What Dobyns-Bennett ace Logan Gentry saw was room for improvement.
"I'm still kicking myself over that first-inning leadoff walk. That's a big thing," said Gentry, who went the distance for the Indians in a 3-1 win over Big 7 Conference rival Science Hill.
The Hilltoppers' Landon Knack and Daniel Sweeney combined to three-hit the Tribe (8-0, 5-0). One of those hits was a two-run homer by D-B's Christian Bailey. The other was a clutch RBI single by Caleb Cook.
Gentry's game-opening base on balls to Tucker McPherson was the only walk the senior right-hander allowed. Just as he figured it would, Science Hill (4-4, 1-1) pounced on the opportunity.
The 'Toppers moved McPherson to second on J.T. Torbett's sacrifice bunt. The left-batting Knack drove in McPherson with a two-out double, putting Science Hill up 1-0.
Knack's lick was Science Hill's only extra-base hit. It was also the only hit of the 'Toppers' scattered six that left much of a mark on Gentry (3-0).
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound righty struck out eight. Gentry had crucial inning-ending whiffs in the third and fourth that spoiled Science Hill scoring opportunities. He also made a diving catch on his way to turning one of three door-slamming D-B double plays.
Knack (1-2) shut out the Tribe for three innings, giving up a stranded single to Kurt Mattioda in the third.
Leading off the fourth, D-B's Payton Marshall rapped into an error at second. Bailey stepped into the batter's box and gave Knack's fastball a ride over the Chef's Pizzeria sign in right-center.
His first shot of the season gave the Indians the 2-1 lead. Cook's two-out single in the fifth plated Sammy Stewart and gave the Tribe room to breathe.
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