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D-B takes rain-shortened win over Tennessee High

Jeff Birchfield • May 3, 2019 at 9:21 PM

CHURCH HILL — Morgan Riffle threw a no-hitter through five innings for Dobyns-Bennett, which defeated Tennessee High 2-0 in a rain-shortened opening game of the District 1-AAA softball tournament Friday at Volunteer.

The game had 5 1/3 innings in the books when the first of two showers dumped rain on the field. The second made the field unplayable and, under TSSAA rules, the game reverted to the last completed inning, giving the Lady Indians (22-14) the win. The David Crockett-Volunteer and Science Hill-Cherokee games that were to follow were postponed until Monday.

Only four Tennessee High runners got on base against Riffle, two of them on fielding errors.

“We’d rather it had gone seven innings, but Morgan threw well and kept the ball down,” D-B coach Andy Hubbard said. “I’m really proud of her. She’s a senior and she handled the pressure. You have to win to move on to the double-elimination. Any time you can win in May, it’s good.”

The Lady Indians did enough on the offensive end with six hits.

Griffin Mullins’ RBI in the second inning plated Kierstyn Judd for a 1-0 lead. The other run came in the third when Makaila Collier doubled and scored on Peyton Domby’s RBI single.

Mullins, in the leadoff spot, went 3-for-3, and Collier reached base twice with the double and a walk. Judd also reached twice, and Emma Allgood — batting in the 9-hole — went 2-for-2.

“We left runners stranded on second and third twice, so we have to hit the ball better,” Hubbard said. “We got some big hits early, but the main thing is we did enough and we’re moving on. I’m pretty happy about that.”

The emotions were understandably the opposite in the other dugout. Lady Vikings coach Jenn Testa argued a district tournament game should go all seven innings.

Still, Testa was happy with the good season the Lady Vikings (16-14) had, one that included a regular season-capping 5-4 win over Science Hill in which Anna Craddock blasted a walk-off, two-run home run.

In addition, Bailey Lamb gave a solid effort in the circle in Friday’s loss.

“Obviously, we were hoping we would get a chance to make another comeback tonight, but it wasn’t in the cards with the weather,” Testa said. “It’s been a good year. We’ve done a lot of things a lot of people probably didn’t think we would.

“We won seven games last year and more than doubled that this year. We’ve got things going in the right direction and finished with a winning record. We had improvement throughout the year. I’m excited for the future, but you hate to see it end this way.”

D-B faces top-seeded Daniel Boone on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the second round.

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