Boone rallied late for an 8-6 victory over Tennessee High in a Big 7 Conference baseball matchup.
Colby Backus drove in three runs and made two game-changing catches in right field for Boone (14-9, 7-4), but he had plenty of help. Hunter Adams struck out nine over six innings, five of them dominant, and survived the Vikings’ five-run fourth inning.
“It really was a team win,” Boone coach Rob Hoover said. “Everybody did something tonight, whether is was getting bunts down or making plays. As a coach, when everybody contributes and finds something to help us, it’s a real positive night.”
Boone lefty Brody Goodman came on in the seventh and got the save — though catcher Logan Rivers actually saved the game.
After the Vikings got runners on first and second, Goodman struck out Davis Hall on a tipped third strike. Rivers held on to the ball and came out firing, beginning a rundown between second and third that ended up in a double play.
“That throw behind was just a great play,” Hoover said. “It was getting hairy there and he made a crucial play.”
Rivers got the final out when he snagged a towering foul popup with a sliding catch just before his face hit the corner of the fence guarding his team’s dugout.
After the Vikings’ five run fourth — keyed by a three-run double from Bryce Snyder — put them up 5-3, Boone rallied with a four-run fifth. Rivers’ two-run double was the big blow.
Anthony Edwards went 3-for-4 for the ’Blazers, and Cade Elliott had two hits.
Snyder and Peyton Fox had two hits apiece for Tennessee High (19-6, 6-3), which hosts Boone on Tuesday.
Sullivan South 2, Johnson County 0
KINGSPORT — Cory Williams was masterful on the mound for the Rebels, allowing six hits and striking out five batters over seven shutout innings.
South got both its runs in the bottom of the first via a one-out single by Cole Layne with the bases loaded.
Jayden Joiner and Petie Pavusek each had a pair of hits for the Longhorns. Joiner got the loss despite going the distance and striking out nine batters.
David Crockett 7, Cherokee 5
JONESBOROUGH — The Pioneers got a pair of RBIs each from Nolan Miller and Johnny Loyds to help them take the Big 7 win over Cherokee.
Crockett was outhit 10-6, but four walks and an error proved costly for the Chiefs, who allowed six runs in the third inning.
Trent Price was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a triple to lead Cherokee.
Elizabethton 6, Unicoi County 2
ELIZABETHTON — The Cyclones kept their perfect Three Rivers Conference record intact with the home win over the Blue Devils.
Four players recorded an RBI for Elizabethton.
Evan Carter allowed four hits and struck out 13 in the complete-game effort for the Cyclones.
Brett Strother drove in two runs for Unicoi County, which was guilty of five errors that led to four unearned runs.
Sullivan East 10, Tennessee High 7
BLUFF CITY — Kylee Wolfe continued her solid season, going 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, a double and five total RBIs to help the Lady Patriots (14-10) rally from an early deficit.
Wolfe and Jillian Shackleford got the job done in the circle.
Keegan Myers delivered a grand slam in the top of the fifth for the Lady Vikings.
Sullivan Central 11, Sullivan North 5
KINGSPORT — The Lady Cougars scored six runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back on their way to the nonconference win over the Lady Golden Raiders.
Sydney Snapp was 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Central and Alexa Chandler recorded two RBIs. Courtney Willis also had a big day at the plate with a three-run triple.
Alexis Lipoma was 1-for-3 with three RBIs for Sullivan North.
University High 9, North Greene 2
JOHNSON CITY — A battle for supremacy in the Watauga Valley Conference featured the Bucs banging out 12 hits against the Huskies.
Michael Degennaro went 3-for-4 with one RBI and Carter Pollock and Kaleb Meredith each went 2-for-4.
Meredith and Degennaro combined to surrender two North Greene hits and strike out 10 batters.
Kole Zirlke and Turner Bailey had the hits North Greene.
Daniel Boone 6, Tri-Cities Christian 1
GRAY — The Trailblazers found the back of the net early and often in the nonconference win.
Alan Gurlock, Isaiah Barradas and Jesus Gongora each had two goals in Daniel Boone’s first victory of the season. Keeper Gage Reno made three saves.
Tri-Cities Christian’s goal came on a John Welch penalty kick.
University High 8, Volunteer 0
CHURCH HILL — Malachi Heath had three goals and two assists to lead the Bucs’ total team effort against the Falcons.
Walker Page added two goals, and Moses Rathburn and Will Owen each finished with one goal and two assists in the nonconference victory. Pate Anglin accounted for the Bucs’ other goal.
Gate City 1, Ridgeview 0
CLINTWOOD — Luke Reed made seven saves and recorded his seventh shutout of the season for the Blue Devils.
Cam Simpson scored for Gate City, a corner goal off an assist by Noah Jones.
Gate City 5, Ridgeview 2
CLINTWOOD — The Lady Blue Devils spread the wealth in the district road win.
Jamie Watts scored two goal and had an assist, Amanda Vermillion notched a goal and an assist, Abby Williams and Lola Moreno each scored once and Grace Mullins tallied an assist.
Brooklyn Smith made seven saves.
Wise Central 6, Union 3
Connor Giza (U) def. Qasim Qureshi 8-1; Justin Falin (U) def. Brody Allison 8-1; Grayson Bailey (C) def. Ethan Sturgill 8-1; Logan Mullins (C) def. Koby Poff 8-5; Ben Stallard (C) def. Noah Garrison 8-2; Colton Culbertson (C) def. Dillon Grubb 8-2
Giza/Falin (U) def. Qureshi/Stallard 8-1; Allison/Mullins (C) def. Sturgill/Poff 8-1; Bailey/Culbertson (C) def. Garrison/Grubb 8-0
John Battle 8, Sullivan South 1
Josh Manis (SS) def. Adam Terry 8-6; Hudson Crabtree (JB) def. Mason Hunt 8-4; Payton Mumpower (JB) def Aaron Holmes 8-1; Andrew Crowder (JB) def. Logan Moore 8-2; Collon Davidson (JB) def. Reid Wilson 8-4; Josh Richardson (JB) def. Andrew Haga 9-8 (7-5)
Terry/Crabtree (JB) def. Manis/Hunt 8-6; Mumpower/Crowder (JB) def. Moore/Hunt 8-5; Davidson/Nathan Spurling (JB) def. Wilson/Haga 8-4.
Eastside 9, Thomas Walker 0
John Robert Kilgore (E) def. Leon Grohmann 6-0, 6-1; Shane Campbell (E) def. Adam Jenkins 8-0; Jordan Rasnick (E) def. Corbin Jenkins 8-1; Chris Swann (E) def. 8-1
Kilgore/Rasnick (E) def. Grohamm/A.Jenkins 6-0; Campbell/Jones (E) def. C. Jenkins/Bundy 8-1
Wise Central 9, Union 0
Hannah McAmis (C) def. Saylor Giller (C) 6-2, 6-0; Tellie Stafford def. Madalyn Ratcliffe 8-1; Kally Hughes (C) def. Haelen Howard 8-5; Pria Funk (C) def. Britan Gilley 8-5; Sydney Linkous (C) def. Madison Head 8-0; Emily Stanley (C) def. Emma Fox.
McAmis/Stafford (C) def. Ratcliffe/Howard 6-3, 6-1; Hughes/Linkous (C) def. Gilley/Gilley 8-4; Stanley/Duncan (C) def. Head/Meredith.
Sullivan South 5, John Battle 4
Claire Melton (JB) def. Meredith St. Clair 8-1; Olive Cochrane (JB) def. Juliana Henderson 8-1; Allie Jordan (SS) def. Camille Malone 8-6; Brenna Henderson (SS) def. Anna McKee 8-6; Colleen Coughlin (SS) def. Lexus Gross 8-4; Rachel Sproles (JB) def. Kristen Sanders 8-4
St. Clair/Jordan (SS) def. Melton/Cochrane 8-5; Malone/McKee (JB) def. Henderson/Coughlin 8-3; Henderson/Sanders (SS) def. Gross/Sproles 8-6