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Coca-Cola Classic: Salyers, Holt got pop in pair of Tribe wins

April 18th, 2014 10:00 pm by Dave Ongie

Coca-Cola Classic: Salyers, Holt got pop in pair of Tribe wins

D-B's Sammy Salyers slides safely into second as the ball scoots under the glove of Morristown West second baseman Josh McDonald (9) during Friday's Coca-Cola Classic game. (Ned Jilton II photo)

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KINGSPORT — When it comes to Coca-Cola, there's nothing like the original formula.

Dobyns-Bennett's baseball team had its own winning recipe Friday at J. Fred Johnson Stadium — Sammy Salyers did a little bit of everything and Josh Holt was nearly unhittable.

That combination added up to a pair of victories for the Tribe in the Coca-Cola Classic. The Indians beat Morristown West 8-4 before Holt's gem allowed D-B to eke out a 1-0 victory over Bearden in the nightcap.

Holt escaped a bases-loaded jam unscathed in the first inning and managed to escape the third frame without surrendering a run after the Bulldogs put runners on the corners.

From there, Holt (2-1) sat down 11 batters in a row and finished off a three-hit, complete-game shutout. Salyers provided all the offense the Indians required in the third inning when he drove in Sammy Stewart with the game's lone run.

Salyers was instrumental in the opener, driving home two runs and scoring twice before coming on in the sixth inning to record his second save of the year.

Logan McDavid (3-0) got the win for D-B (23-2-1) in the first game and Payton Marshall came through with a single, a double and a triple.

For an expanded version of this story, see Saturday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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