Sullivan North catcher Brett Peters blocks a ball in the dirt during Tuesday's Three Rivers game against Unicoi County in Kingsport. (Ned Jilton II photo)
KINGSPORT — All that separated Sullivan North from the second-ranked Class AA baseball team in the state Tuesday night was one bad inning.
Make that two bad innings.
Unicoi County center fielder Will Hubbard had a big day at the plate and in the field, leading the Blue Devils to a 10-0 Three Rivers Conference road win in five innings over the Golden Raiders.
Hubbard went 3-for-4 with a double and three stolen bases for Unicoi County (11-1, 5-1). In the third inning, he ran down a deep fly ball by Jonathan Green then gunned down Austin Linton for a double play as the surprised Golden Raiders baserunner scrambled to get back to first.
Unicoi County coach Charlie Baxter's team exploded for seven runs in the second inning off six hits and two North errors. The Blue Devils got a two-RBI double from Adam Hensley and an RBI double from Ethan Rice that frame.
The Blue Devils added three runs in the fourth on two hits, one of which was Hubbard's double, an error and two wild pitches.
Unicoi got five steady innings from Austin Green (2-1), who scattered five hits, two of which were infield singles. Sam Williams (1-2) absorbed the loss for North (3-10, 1-6) after allowing nine of Unicoi's 10 hits.
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