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Hilltoppers throttle 'Blazers, secure 1-AAA title game berth

May 6th, 2014 9:30 pm by Dave Ongie

Hilltoppers throttle 'Blazers, secure 1-AAA title game berth

JONESBOROUGH — Daniel Boone baseball coach Rob Hoover went into Tuesday's elimination game against Science Hill in the District 1-AAA tournament with a carefully crafted plan for his pitching staff.

"We were going to try to get two innings from Gabe (Sanders), get two innings from Brandon Davis and get the last three from Daniel (Cox)," Hoover said. "Sometimes things change and you have to just go with it."

Just seven batters into the bottom of the first, Hoover's best-laid plans had already been laid to rest by a Science Hill lineup that was locked in from top to bottom.

It took three Boone pitchers to finally escape a seven-run first frame, and that was just the beginning. The Hilltoppers cranked out 18 hits, batted around three times and rolled to an 18-5 win over the Trailblazers in a five-inning contest at David Crockett.

Science Hill, which punched its ticket to the Region 1-AAA tournament, faces Dobyns-Bennett in the district title game on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. But for Boone, the loss marked the end of the season.

Every Hilltopper had at least one hit and scored at least one run, and everyone but JT Torbett had an RBI.

Landon Knack (7-2) went the distance and picked up the win for Science Hill.

Dustin Chandler launched a two-run homer for Boone and Cameron Clabough hit a solo homer in the fifth inning, his third home run of the tournament. Josh Bacon doubled twice and scored twice, and Andrew Street and Daniel Cox each drove in a run.

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

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