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Vikings edge Trailblazers with help from bad hop

From staff reports • Apr 17, 2019 at 2:50 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Tennessee High took advantage of a wicked hop on an outfield throw to the plate to earn a 1-0 win over Daniel Boone in Big 7 Conference baseball action Tuesday at Tod Houston Field.

Just 24 hours earlier, Boone (14-10, 7-5) had beaten the Vikings by an 8-6 count.

“This was a heavyweight battle for sure,” said Boone coach Rob Hoover. “To go head to head against the No.5 team in the state with their No.1 (pitcher) and our No.1 ... It was a championship atmosphere, a championship-type game.

“It’s good to be in a battle like this just two weeks before the tournament.”

Both teams managed just two hits apiece. Davis Hall was the winning pitcher and Cade Elliott suffered the loss.

Tennessee High (20-6, 7-3) scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth on a bang-bang play off the bat of Jarrett Powell. With the bases loaded and one out, Powell ripped a sinking liner to center on a 3-2 delivery from Elliott, a ball in which hard-charging center fielder Brody Goodman speared about knee-high.

Ryan Gibson gambled and raced home. Goodman’s on-the-money peg was well ahead of Gibson but landed some 6 to 8 feet in front of the plate and took a nasty hop just over the mitt of catcher Logan Rivers, allowing the run to score.

Hall went the distance and struck out eight while walking two. Elliott worked 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts, five walks and three hit batsmen.

Sullivan South 10, Johnson County 2

MOUNTAIN CITY — Chase Bowery doubled, tripled, totaled three RBIs and pitched a complete game for the Rebels, who put away the Longhorns with a seven-run seventh inning.

Bowery allowed his only two runs in the bottom of the seventh. He gave up eight hits and notched a half-dozen strikeouts against one walk.

Jeffery Leonard added two hits and a pair of runs for South, which got two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases from Eli Jennings.

Asa Lewis and Weston Throop each finished 2-for-3 for the Longhorns.

Elizabethton 7, Unicoi County 0

ERWIN — Matthew Dailey struck out 12 and allowed just two hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings in the Cyclones’ Three Rivers Conference victory over the Blue Devils (10-12, 5-5).

Elizabethton (18-4, 10-0) won its eighth in a row and 16th in its past 18 games.

Dailey also launched a solo home run in the first inning. Bryson Rollins had a two-run shot, also in the first, and Karson Dillard later added a solo homer.

Sullivan North 15, Cloudland 2

Sullivan North 16, Cloudland 2

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Recording eight strikeouts, Braydon Wilhoit picked up his sixth win in the opening game of a Watauga Valley twin bill.

Tyler Depriest, Wilhoit, Dale Potter, Hunter Dingus, Zach Scott and Tyler Bowman all had two hits for the Golden Raiders.

The nightcap featured three-hit performances from Tyler Depriest and Chandler Raleigh, with Wilhoit adding two hits. Dingus struck out 10 in getting the job done from the mound.

The Highlanders’ Collin Morgan swatted his second home run of the season.

University High 2, North Greene 1, 9 innings

BAILEYTON — Michael Degennaro racked up 13 strikeouts and allowed five hits on nine innings of work, and the Bucs clinched the Watauga Valley Conference regular- season title.

Degennaro plunked one batter but issued no walks in a 110-pitch outing.

University High (14-8, 9-0) won it on Esau Byrd’s one-out, bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Brant Hare, who began the top of the ninth with a single, came home with the tiebreaking run.

Cayden Foulks was one out from a complete-game victory when Carter Pollock doubled in the seventh. Pollock advanced to third on a Byrd base hit, then scored on an infield error to make it 1-all.

Foulks worked into the ninth, surrendering one earned run, allowing five hits and totaling six Ks before giving way to Chance Campbell for the final three UH outs.

Brayden Garber went 2-for-3 to pace North Greene (15-7, 5-4). Campbell was 2-for-4.

Twin Springs 12, Rye Cove 2

Rye Cove 4, Twin Springs 2

NICKELSVILLE — Justin Reed drove in five runs to power the Titans to a Cumberland District win over the rival Eagles in Game 1 of the twin bill. Only the opening game of the day counted in the league standings.

Dillon Thompson finished 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. Cole Burke plated two runs in a 1-for-3 day.

Lucas Lane had a hit and scored for Rye Cove.

Matthew Hardin finished 2-for-2 and drove in run, and Lane went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in the second game. Tyler Starnes scored two of the Eagles’ four runs.

A.J. Dockery had two RBIs for the Titans.

Eastside 17, J.I. Burton 7

COEBURN — Eastside pitchers Peyton Pope, Justin Sexton, Landon Trent and Austin Rittenberry combined for a dozen strikeouts in the Spartans’ Cumberland District win.

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Pope (3-1), who picked up the win, tripled in his 4-for-4 day, plated three runners and scored four runs.

Nick Livingston and Landon Trent each had 2-for-3 days for Eastside.

Derrick Allen went 4-for-4 for J.I. Burton.

Abingdon 15, Wise Central 3

NORTON — Chase Hungate went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs in the Falcons’ Mountain 7 District victory.

View Roddy Addington’s photos from Falcons-Warriors game

Luke Francisco, Tanner Barrs, Ethan Ketron and Jake Thacker each finished with two hits for Abingdon, which finished with 13 hits.

Daniel Lawson had two hits, an RBI and scored once for the Warriors.

Lee 15, Ridgeview 0, 5 innings

CLINTWOOD — The Generals dominated in the Mountain 7 matchup. Dewayne Garrett went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs for Lee.

Canaan Phillips and Kolby Reed limited the Wolfpack to one hit. Phillips gave up the hit, walked four and struck out eight in four innings Reed tossed the final inning, fanning two.

John Battle 10, Union 3

BRISTOL, Va. — Dylan Cunningham went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the Trojans’ Mountain 7 win.

Nate Bailey rapped out two hits for the Bears.



Daniel Boone 8, Volunteer 0

GRAY — Dannah Persinger went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of runs in the Lady Trailblazers’ Big 7 win.

Greyson Stevens was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Brylee Mesusan also had three hits, including a triple, two stolen bases and a pair of RBIs. Jaycie Jenkins accounted for two triples, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs in a 2-for-3 effort.

Megan Ackerman hurled a complete-game shutout, amassing eight strikeouts against one walk. She held the Lady Falcons to four hits.

Sullivan East 10, Happy Valley 0

ELIZABETHTON — Kylee Wolfe unloaded a grand slam and turned in a five-RBI performance for the Lady Patriots.

Wolfe went 1-for-1, adding a sacrifice fly. She also hurled a five-inning shutout, yielding four hits, striking out three batters and walking one.

Cayden Bawgus drove in a pair of runs and Emma Timbs doubled for the Lady Patriots. Happy Valley’s Macy Puckett was 2-for-2.

Unicoi County 11, Sullivan South 1

ERWIN — Paced by Cassie Selvage’s 4-for-4 effort, the Lady Blue Devils unloaded 16 hits over four innings of offensive work.

Selvage had two RBIs and scored twice. Halie Hawkins, who went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, and Ashtan Vance, 2-for-2 with two runs, both homered. Hawkins also doubled and swiped two bases.

Chloe Powers finished 2-for-4 and Allee Griffith threw five solid innings from the circle, striking out five.

The Lady Rebels received 2-for-3 showings from Nicole Troutman and Allison Chapman.

J.I. Burton 14, Council 7

COUNCIL — Beylee Jenkins and Sarah Mullins belted three-run home runs to power the Lady Raiders to the nondistrict win.

Kaylee Jenkins doubled twice in her 4-for-5 day and drove in a run and McKenzie Tate was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Beylee Jenkins finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs total and Mullins was 3-for-5.

MacKenzie Franklin was the winner. She struck out five.

Ridgeview 10, Lee High 0

CLINTWOOD — Nikole Counts struck out five players in four scoreless innings for the Wolfpack.

LJ Swiney went 3-for-3 with an RBI for Ridgeview.

Kamrin Bishop finished 2-for-2 for the Lady Generals.



Dobyns-Bennett 7, Tennessee High 1

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Will Arrowood tallied a hat trick, Jack Perry recorded three assists and the Indians manhandled the Vikings in a District 1-AAA matchup.

Sam Garcia, Martin Torres, Brayden Conner and Spencer Correll added goals for D-B. Jacob Park made three saves.

Varo Lopez tallied for the Vikings late in the second half.



Sullivan East 5, Sullivan Central 3


Ben Williams (SC) def. Josh Hobbs 8-4; Trevor Nelson (SE) def. Jack Musick 8-3; Blake Fannon (SE) def. Mark Robinette 9-7; Hunter Cross (SE) def. Landen Locklear 8-5; Dustin Bartley (SE) def. Gabe Aquino 8-3; Jake Hare (SC) def. Shay Snyder 8-4


Hubbs/Nelson (SE) def. Williams/Musick 8-5; Robinette/Locklear (SC) def. Fannon/Cross 8-6; Bartley/Synder (SE) def. Aquino/Hare 8-4

Sullivan South 5, Elizabethton 4


Josh Manis (SS) def Elijah Smith 8-3; Mason Hunt (SS) def Jacob Lipford 9-7; Aaron Holmes (SS) def Luke Carrie 8-6; Logan Moore (SS) def Nate Wetzel 9-7; Patrick O’Quinn (E) def Reid Wilson 8-3; Andrew Haga (SS) def Alex Taylor 8-4


Smith/Carrie (E) def Manis/Holmes 9-8 (7-3); Lipford/O’Quinn (E) def Moore/Hunt 8-4; Taylor/Wetzel (E) def Wilson/Haga 9-7

Tennessee High 9, Dobyns-Bennett 0


Bieger (TH) d. Morris (D-B) 6-0, 6-1; Oakley (TH) d. Allen (D-B) 6-2, 6-1; Istfan (TH) d. Ridings (D-B) 6-1, 6-1; Meyers (TH) d. Bhat (D-B) 6-2, 6-0; Owens (TH) d. Gould (D-B) 6-0, 6-0; Jones (TH) d. Frye (D-B) 6-1, 6-2


Bieger/Oakley (TH) d. Morris/Allen (D-B) 8-2; Istfan/Meyers (TH) d. Ridings/Frye (D-B) 8-1; Owens/Jones (TH) d. Bhat/Smith (D-B) 8-1.

Wise Central 7, Ridgeview 2


Qasim Qureshi (C) def. PJ Hamilton 8-4; Brody Allison (C) wins by forfeit; Gabe Brown (R) def. Logan Mullins 8-6; Grayson Bailey (C) def. Dalton Rasnick 8-1; Ben Stallard (C) def. Caleb Carico 8-3; Colton Culbertson (C) def. Caden Gibson 8-2


Hamilton/Brown (R) def. Qureshi /Allison 8-2; Mullins/Stallard (C) def. by forfeit; Gabe Daniels/Derek Damron (C) def. Carico/Gibson 8-3



Sullivan East 9, Sullivan Central 0


Hannah Murray (SE) def. Amanda Robinette 9-7; Mackenszie Galloway (SE) def. Natalie Scott 8-1; Albany Guyer (SE) def. Amelia Madgett 8-3; Mattie Gauge (SE) def. Alexa Cassady 8-3; Charlie Kelly (SE) def. Hooliway Lawson 8-5; Paxton Adkins (SE) def. Parker Hurd 8-4


Murray/Galloway (SE) def. Robinette/Scott 8-6; Guyer/Gauge (SE) def. Madgett/Lawson 8-5; Enlsey/Malone (SE) def. Cassedy/Hurd 8-4

Sullivan South 7, Elizabethton 2


Reagan Armstron (E) def Meredith St. Clair 9-7; Allie Jordan (SS) def Rachel Lamb 8-4; Susanna Digby (E) def Juliana Henderson 8-4; Brenna Henderson (SS) def Taylor Thompson 8-1; Colleen Coughlin (SS) def Abbie Addington 8-2; Kristen Sanders (SS) def Lauren Snodgrass 8-5


St. Clair/Jordan (SS) def Digby/Armstrong 8-3; B. Henderson/Coughlin (SS) def Lamb/Thompson 8-2; J. Henderson/Sanders (SS) def Snodgrass/Addington 8-6

Dobyns-Bennett 8, Tennessee High 1


W. Rogers (D-B) d. Felitz (TH) 6-3, 6-4; Hill (D-B) d. Godsey (TH) 6-1, 6-0; Rosser (TH) d. Berry (D-B) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8); Cai (D-B) d. Turner (TH) 6-0, 6-0; Bhat (D-B) d. Bechtold (TH) 6-0, 6-0; Jackson (D-B) d. Howren (TH) 6-2, 6-0


W. Rogers/Hill (D-B) d. Felitz/Godsey (TH) 8-1; Berry/Cai (D-B) d. Rosser/Turner (TH) 8-2; Bhat/E. Rogers (D-B) d. Bechtold/Howren (TH) 8-1


Ridgeview 5, Wise Central 4


Hannah Rhodes (R) def. Hannah McAmis 7-6, 6-3, 7-6; Rachel Hillman (R) def. Tellie Stafford 8-6; Makenzie Robineette (R) def. Kally Hughes 8-0; Hannah Dotson (R) def. Pria Funk 8-4; Sydney Linkous (C) def. Emma Mullins 8-5; Emily Stanley (C) def. Haley Collins 8-5


Rhodes/Hillman (R) def. McAmis/Stafford 6-4, 6-4, 6-1; Hughes/Linkous (C) def. Robinette/Dotson 8-1; Stanley/Duncan (C) def. Mullins/Rasnick 8-6