JONESBOROUGH — Dobyns-Bennett's baseball team put its own twist on the Golden Rule Wednesday night at Warren Miller Field.
The Indians did unto Science Hill what the Hilltoppers did unto Daniel Boone on Tuesday night, and they took the District 1-AAA gold back to Kingsport.
Aaron Lawson, Christian Bailey and Newley Burton each hit a three-run homer and the Tribe cranked out 14 hits en route to a 14-2 win over Science Hill in the district title game, which was called after six innings due to the mercy rule.
Josh Holt went the distance on the hill for D-B, holding Science Hill to two runs — one unearned — on two hits a night after the Hilltoppers torched Boone for 18 runs on 18 hits in order to earn the right to play D-B for the championship.
Holt (3-1) didn't have his best stuff on Wednesday, especially early in the game, but he continually found a way to pitch around five walks and a pair of fielding errors behind him in order to keep Science Hill from putting together a big inning.
"He's not going to get too rattled," said D-B coach Ryan Wagner. "He was a little frustrated early in the game at not being able to throw the pitches he wanted to over for strikes, but he hung in there and we stuck with him."
Of course, a little run support didn't hurt matters any. The Tribe plated five runs in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI single by Logan Burton, a run-scoring double off the bat of Caleb Cook and a three-run homer by Aaron Lawson.
Christian Bailey scored on Lawson's homer in the first after drawing an intentional walk. When Bailey came to the plate again in the bottom of the second, the Hilltoppers opted to pitch to him and Bailey responded with a three-run homer, his third round-tripper of the tournament, all coming against Science Hill pitching. Bailey's shot gave D-B a commanding 8-1 lead.
Bailey finished Wednesday's game 2-for-2 with two intentional walks and four runs scored. For the tournament, Bailey was 8-for-9 with nine RBIs, making him the obvious choice as tournament MVP.
"I can't describe it. I just try to put the ball into play," Bailey said. "I've just been trying to shorten my swing down. I guess the harder pitching and shortening down allowed for what I've done."
Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards wasn't displeased with his team's approach at the plate. The Hilltoppers got an RBI double from Connell Boyle in the second inning and capitalized on a pair of errors to score another run in the fourth. They were also patient enough to draw walks on the occasions when Holt struggled to find the zone.
But ultimately, the biggest difference between Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett on Wednesday was that the Hilltoppers weren't able to string together hits like the Tribe did.
"They hit it one through nine," Edwards said. "Credit them and they deserved to win this district tournament. Hopefully we'll both go Monday and make some noise at the regional and get a chance to see each other again on Wednesday."
Science Hill will travel to face District 2-AAA champion Sevier County next Monday while D-B hosts District 2-AAA runner-up Morristown West. If both Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett win, the two teams will play at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in the Region 1-AAA title game next Wednesday.
The Hilltoppers are understandably itching for some revenge and Bailey welcomes the challenge.
"We love playing them and we love the rivalry," Bailey said.comments powered by Disqus