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University High’s run tally at 105 after only 8 games

Douglas Fritz • Mar 25, 2019 at 9:30 PM

It’s not a comprehensive statistic because baseball games tend to go unreported, especially early in the spring, but University High entered this week leading Tennessee in runs scored per game among all classifications.

Heading into Monday’s tournament at Orange Beach, Alabama, the Bucs had roughed up opposing teams for 105 runs in eight games. That’s an average of 13.1, nearly two runs per game better than another pair of Class A teams: Monterey (11.4) and Trenton Peabody (11.2).

Michael Degennero, Carter Pollock, Henry Borthwick and Brant Hare have been the top run producers for University High (7-1).

DOING IT WITH DEFENSE

Daniel Boone’s softball team has been very good both in the circle and in the field this season.

In 14 games, the Lady Trailblazers held their opponents to either zero runs or one run an impressive 10 times. That’s six shutouts and four one-run games.

Boone allowed just three runs in five games while winning the East Tennessee Classic over the weekend at Winged Deer Park.

RINGING BATS

Science Hill scored in double figures nine times in its 15 games. The Lady Hilltoppers have totaled 158 runs for an average of 10.5 per game.

However, the schedule gets more difficult this week. Science Hill will meet tougher pitching, including Tuesday at Dobyns-Bennett and Wednesday at home against Daniel Boone. Then it’s on to nonconference challenges in the Eastman tournament in Kingsport.

SOCCER BLAST

Dobyns-Bennett, Science Hill and Cherokee will dive into competition in the Smoky Mountain Cup this weekend in Gatlinburg.

The Indians will be in a pool with Boyd Buchanan, Franklin, Franklin Road Academy and Oklahoma’s Fort Gibson. D-B opens play Thursday at 6 p.m. against Fort Gibson.

Science Hill’s pool challenges will come from Franklin Page, Georgia’s Rome and Alabama’s Huntsville. The Hilltoppers open play Friday at 8:40 p.m. against Rome.

Cherokee lines up against Harriman, Republic and William Blount. The Chiefs play two games on Saturday: William Blount at 9 a.m. and Harriman at 2:30 p.m.

Baseball games of the week

TUESDAY

Science Hill at David Crockett

Happy Valley at Elizabethton

Sullivan East at Johnson County

MONDAY, APRIL 1

Dobyns-Bennett at David Crockett

Science Hill at Daniel Boone

Elizabethton at Johnson County

Sullivan North at University High

Johnson County is off to roaring start, but the Longhorns haven’t faced the level of competition they will see in a pair of tough Three Rivers Conference games. ...

Science Hill has a pair of rivalry games as it tries to stay at the top of the Big 7 Conference standings. ...

Sullivan North has been a surprise so far, but the Golden Raiders will be tested by the team picked to win the Watauga Valley Conference title.

Baseball rankings

It’s a dogfight at the top with Science Hill leading a three-team pack.

Team W-L Prv
1. Science Hill 5-4 3
2. Tennessee High 6-4 1
3. Dobyns-Bennett 6-3 2
4. Elizabethton 7-3 4
5. Daniel Boone 6-3 5
6. Sullivan East 4-4 6
7. Sullivan South 6-4 8
8. University High 7-1 9
9. Unicoi County 2-4 7
10. Sullivan North 5-1 NR
(tie) David Crockett 3-4 10

Softball games of the week

TUESDAY

Science Hill at Dobyns-Bennett

Tennessee High at Daniel Boone

WEDNESDAY

Daniel Boone at Science Hill

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

Eastman-Kingsport Invitational

The Big 7 race should gain a little more clarity. First, is Tennessee High in the upper-division conversation? And second, can Boone maintain its front-runner status in a key road game? ...

Eastman bracket play begins Friday. The round of 16 begins Saturday at 7:30 p.m.. The championship is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Brickyard Park.

Softball rankings

Daniel Boone has a firm grip on the top spot after beating David Crockett for a second time this season.

Team W-L Prv
1. Daniel Boone 12-2 1
2. David Crockett 7-3 2
3. Science Hill 11-3 3
4. Unicoi County 8-2 5
5. Sullivan East 7-5 4
6. Tennessee High 4-1 8
7. Sullivan South 6-3 10
8. Unaka 9-7 9
9. Dobyns-Bennett 5-5 7
10. Volunteer 5-4 NR
(tie) Elizabethton 2-4 6
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