KINGSPORT — A pair of stellar pitching performances at J. Fred Johnson Stadium sent Karns back to Knoxville empty-handed on Saturday.
Trey Fields settled in after allowing two runs in the bottom of the first inning and helped Sullivan South dismiss the Beavers 4-2 on the final day of the Coca-Cola Classic.
Karns didn't fare any better against Dobyns-Bennett hurler Drew Pierce, who held the Beavers to one run on four hits in a 4-1 victory.
In the opener, Russell Koesters came through with an RBI single in the top of the first inning to stake South to a quick lead, but Karns responded with a two-spot in the bottom of the frame.
That proved to be the high spot for Karns, however, as Fields (2-0) followed the first inning with six straight scoreless frames to close out the contest. He scattered seven hits in the complete-game victory and benefited from several slick plays in the field, including a diving catch in center by his brother Chase Fields that ended the game.
Cooper Jackson had a single, a double and scored a run for South (18-6).
In the second contest, Payton Marshall blew open a tightly contested game in the bottom of the fifth with one swing of the bat. Marshall hit a towering two-run homer over the pine trees beyond the right-field fence to give D-B a 3-1 lead. The Tribe added an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI single by Hunter Milsap.
Pierce (1-0) allowed just one run on four hits and went the distance in his first start of the season. Donevin Lane also had an RBI single for the Tribe (24-2-1).
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