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Tribe, 'Toppers take walk-off wins in 1-AAA tourney

May 4th, 2014 8:57 pm by Dave Ongie

Tribe, 'Toppers take walk-off wins in 1-AAA tourney

JONESBOROUGH — Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill both came up with a walk-off hit to win their games on Sunday in the District 1-AAA baseball tournament.

But that was just about the only common thread that connected D-B's win over Tennessee High to Science Hill's victory over Daniel Boone.

Kurt Mattioda's two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Tribe a 12-2 lead over the Vikings and ended the lopsided contest thanks to the mercy rule. In the nightcap, Science Hill roared back from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Trailblazers 9-8 on an RBI single by JT Torbett in the bottom of the seventh.

The Indians and the Hilltoppers meet Monday at 7:35 p.m. in the winners' bracket final, which will follow an elimination contest between Daniel Boone and Tennessee High. The Vikings and the Trailblazers play at 5:05.

D-B's Logan Gentry (8-0) gave up an unearned run in the top of the first and an earned run in the top of the third, but that was the extent of the damage. Gentry scattered five hits over five innings to earn the win.

After falling behind 1-0, D-B responded immediately with three runs in the bottom of the first. The Tribe put up a 5-spot in the fourth and four more in the fifth to close out Tennessee High early.

Christian Bailey had two doubles, a single and three RBIs to lead D-B. Gentry helped his cause with an RBI single, Caleb Cook had a run-scoring double and Payton Marshall tripled and drove in a run.

Zak Kitzmiller was able to play Sunday after having his two-game suspension overturned by the TSSAA late Saturday night. Kitzmiller, who was ejected from Tennessee High's game against David Crockett on Saturday for not sliding into home plate, went 2-for-3.

Austin Blackwell and Zack Hall each drove in a run for Tennessee High.

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

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