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Lady Trailblazers wrap up fourth straight Big 7 title

From staff reports • May 1, 2019 at 1:29 AM

CHURCH HILL — The Daniel Boone softball team capped an almost perfect run through the Big 7 Conference with a 4-3 victory over Volunteer that went to eight innings Tuesday.

The Lady Trailblazers (41-6, 11-1) captured their fourth consecutive — and third outright — conference championship. They shared last year’s regular-season title with David Crockett.

Bug Hubbard’s RBI single severed a 3-3 tie against the Lady Falcons (17-14, 4-8).

Jaycie Jenkins singled home a run in the first inning for Boone. Brylee Mesusan led off the third with a double and Megan Ackerman drove her home.

With two outs in the fifth, Jenkins singled and advanced to second on an outfielder’s error. Ackerman sent her home with a hit up the middle. In the bottom of the inning, Volunteer tied the game at 3 on Aliyah Crawley’s solo homer.

Ackerman paced a 12-hit Boone assault by going 3-for-4, also collecting two RBIs.

Jersey Wines led Volunteer with three hits in four at-bats.

Ackerman earned the complete-game victory after giving up eight hits, striking out five and walking one.

Sydney Allen went the distance for Volunteer, yielding 12 hits, striking out four and walking none.

David Crockett 7, Elizabethton 3

JONESBOROUGH — Four hits, including Ashlyn Dulaney’s two-run double, and a pair of walks propelled the Lady Pioneers to a 5-0 first-inning advantage.

Alyssa Suits, Kara Weems and Haley Arrowood accounted for RBI singles in that early surge.

Dulaney, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs, and Maddie Roy later added solo home runs.

Weems hurled a complete game, allowing five hits and one earned run. She registered six strikeouts.

Hannah Edwards went 2-for-3 to lead the Lady Cyclones.

Union 1, Abingdon 0

BIG STONE GAP — The Lady Bears got the first and only run of the game on an error by Abingdon catcher Erin Terry. Emili Brooks scored from third.

The Lady Falcons got a double from pitcher Ashli Linkous, but that was their only extra-base hit.

Marlee Duncan picked up the big Mountain 7 District win for Union, tossing a complete-game, four hit shutout. She struck out five.

John Battle 6, Gate City 5

BRISTOL, Va. — A walk-off single by Peyton Crowder that brought home Madison Hill lifted the Lady Trojans to the Mountain 7 win.

Battle fought back from a 4-2 deficit in the fourth inning to steal the win from Gate City despite being outhit.

Sarah Thompson finished 3-for-3, including a homer, with two RBIs for Gate City (9-6, 3-5). Taylor Blevins and Kiersten Quillen also had two hits.

Lady Blue Devils pitcher Kate Pendleton was touched for seven hits but only two earned runs.

Rye Cove 16, Thomas Walker 1

EWING — Ashley Smith had a huge day for Rye Cove, going 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs.

Alexis Rhoten got the win, going five innings and allowing just four hits. She also went 1-for-4 and had two RBIs.



J.I. Burton 9, Castlewood 2

NORTON — The Raiders racked up another Cumberland district win by pounding Castlewood.

Austin Jones had a big day at the plate for Burton, going 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Aki Godsey was also clutch at the plate for Norton, finishing his night with three hits including two doubles.

Burton pitchers Derrick Allen and Jonah Cochrane combined to hold the Blue Devils to five hits.

Eastside 8, Twin Springs 2

COEBURN — Will Stansberry had a pair of RBIs in the big Cumberland District win for the Spartans (9-7, 8-0), who clinched at least a share of their eighth straight league championship.

Peyton Pope was 3-for-4 and Nick Livingston went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases.

Austin Rittenberry (4-3) and Pope combined to strike out 17 hitters in the game for the Spartans. Rittenberry, a senior right-hander, pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up the Titans’ only three hits.

Dillon Thompson and Justin Reed scored for Twin Springs (14-3, 6-2).

Abingdon 15, Union 5

ABINGDON — The Mountain 7 game was all Falcons after the third. After falling behind 5-2 going into the bottom of the fourth, Abingdon exploded for nine runs, helped along by 10 hits and six Union errors.

Ethan Ketron finished 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple for the Falcons. He also had four RBIs. Caleb Collins also threw in a 3-for-5 evening with a pair of RBIs.

Austin Gibson was 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing double and three RBIs for Union. Hunter Anderson threw in two more RBIs, going 1-for-2.

Wise Central 9, Lee High 2

NORTON — Evan Stanley and Ethan Mullins each had two RBIs for Central in the Mountain 7 District win.

Bryson Collins got the win for the Warriors, going four innings and striking out four. He did not surrender a run.

For the Generals, Caleb Coleman was the only player with an RBI, going 1-for-3 with a double.

Thomas Walker 13, Rye Cove 0

EWING — Dawson Lee pitched an efficient 67-pitch, five-inning shutout in the Cumberland District win over Rye Cove. He gave up just two hits and walked one while striking out nine.

Ethan Everett went 1-for-3 with three RBIs, and Lucas Sturgill and Wesley Gilliam each had two RBIs.

Tyler Starnes and Matthew Rhoton recorded the Eagles’ two singles.

Sullivan East 11, David Crockett 4

BLUFF CITY — The Patriots broke open the game with eight runs over the fourth and fifth innings.

Perry Casaday, Dylan White and Bryson Burgess each went 2-for-4 and homered for East. Burgess totaled three RBIs and White plated two runs and scored two runs. Tanner Leffew scored three times.

For Crockett, Cade Larkins was 2-for-4, including a two-run home run in the final inning. Grady Cash also was 2-for-4.

White was the winning pitcher, and Nolan Miller was saddled with the loss.

Science Hill 8, Unicoi County 0

JOHNSON CITY — Five Hilltoppers pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout and Alex Elmore doubled and belted a two-run home run in Science Hill’s regular season-capping rout.

Quinn Boyle threw the first two innings for the ’Toppers (21-11). Dustin Eatmon struck out five over the next two innings and got the win. Garrett Gleason, Drew Honeycutt and Hunter Phillips followed by pitching an inning apiece.

Brett Strother broke up a no-hitter with a single in the final inning for the Blue Devils (10-17).

Sullivan North 5, Providence Academy 2

KINGSPORT — Hunter Dingus picked up his sixth victory of the season, striking out nine batters in 5 2/3 innings.

Cole Bear earned the save. Tyler Depriest and Dale Potter each had two hits in the Golden Raiders’ nonconference win.

Daniel Boone 12, Elizabethton 6

ELIZABETHTON — Digging their way out of an early 4-0 hole, the Trailblazers won behind four Cade Elliott RBIs and three hits from Anthony Edwards.

Lawson Wagner had a pair of RBIs for the Cyclones. Jacob Mullins went 1-for-1 with a walk.



Dobyns-Bennett 9, David Crockett 0

JONESBOROUGH — Sam Garcia accounted for three goals, Jack Perry coupled a goal with three assists and the Indians dispatched the Pioneers in District 1-AAA play.

Spencer Correll collected three assists of his own. The Indians outshot Crockett 27-1, getting two goals from Will Arrowood. Marshall Palmer had a goal and an assist.

Science Hill 7, Tennessee High 0

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Dylan Sanchez scored five of the seven goals in the Hilltoppers’ District 1-AAA rout of the Vikings.

Carson Cox had a goal and an assist, and Dan Good accounted for Science Hill’s other goals.

Ethan DiSantis assisted on two goals and Mateo Koch also had an assist.

Gate City 4, John Battle 1

GATE CITY — Levi Rhoton recorded a hat trick to power the Blue Devils to the district win over the visiting Trojans.

Preston Babb also scored for Gate City, which got assists from Arturo Morales and Andrew Pendleton.

Wise Central 4, Lee High 1

NORTON — The Warriors spread the wealth in earning the district win over the visiting Generals.

Asher Khan, Angus Greene, Lucas Coffey and Joey Collins netted a goal apiece for Central.



Gate City 1, John Battle 1, OT

GATE CITY — Brooklyn Smith came through with 14 saves and the Lady Blue Devils battled the Lady Trojans in a district clash.

Jamie Watts netted Gate City’s goal.

Wise Central 2, Lee High 0

NORTON — The Lady Warriors got goals from Lauren Webb and Taylor Gentry in the home victory.

Mary Studemann recorded an assist, and Caitlynn Maggard kept a clean sheet by making seven saves.



Sullivan South 9, Unicoi County 0


Josh Manis (S) def. Ben Hensley 8-1; Mason Hunt (S) def.Aaron Manzanares 8-5; Aaron Holmes (S) def.Shane Armstrong 8-5; Logan Moore (S) def.Ty Thelen 8-4; Reid Wilson (S) def.Daniel Shults 8-1; Andrew Haga (S) def. Matthew Sutphin 8-1


Manis/Hunt (S) def. Hensley/Manzanares 8-2; Moore/Holmes (S) def. Armstrong/Thelen 8-5; Wilson/Haga (S) def. Shuts/Sutphin 8-1

Wise Central 7, Gate City 2


Quentin Smith (GC) def. Qasim Qureshi 6-1, 6-3; Brody Allison (C) def. Chase Templeton 8-2; Logan Mullins (C) def. Lucas Bartolomegi 8-4; Grayson Baily (C) def. Jacob Helms 8-6; Ben Stallard (C) def. Joey Bellamy 8-4l Gabe Daniels (C) def. Devin Hoover 8-2.


Smith/Templeton (GC) def. Qureshi/Stallard 6-2, 6-2; Allison/Mullins (C) def. Bartolomegi/Helms 8-4; Bailey/Daniels (C) def. Trevor Meade/Bellamy 8-3.



Sullivan South 9 Unicoi County 0


Meredith St. Clair (S) def. Taylor Thomas 8-2; Allie Jordan (S) def. Katarina Altemore 8-1; Juliana Henderson (S) def. Natalie Hernandez 8-2; Brenna Henderson (S) def. Megan Buskey 8-0; Colleen Coughlin (S) def. Lydia McNabb 8-0; Kristen Sanders (S) def. Lilly Hollienbeck 8-1


Jordan/St. Clair (S) def. Thomas/Altemore 8-2; B. Henderson/Coughlin (S) def. Buskey/Hernandez 8-2; Sanders/J. Henderson (S) def.McNabb/Hollienbeck 8-0.

Gate City 8, Wise Central 1


Sarah Arnold (GC) def. Hannah McAmis 2-6, 6-1 and 6-0; Kaley Jenkins (GC) def. Tellie Stafford 8-0; Amelia Jennings (GC) def. Kally Hughes 8-2; Sydnee Reed (GC) def. Sydney Linkous 8-2; Madison Parks (GC) def. Pria Funk 8-0; Macy Dishner (GC) def. Emily Stanley 8-0.


Arnold/Jenkins (GC) def. McAmis/Stafford 6-1 and 6-0; Hughes and Linkous (Central) def. Parks/Holly Carter 9-8 (7-6); Reed/Jennings (GC) def. Stanley/Duncan 8-1.