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D-B bounces back, takes charge of Big 7 race

Douglas Fritz • Apr 16, 2019 at 10:23 PM

JOHNSON CITY — One night after Dobyns-Bennett’s pitching staff walked 16 batters, Jackson McDavid gave a free pass to Science Hill leadoff hitter Caleb Marmo.

But that was the only walk by the Indians’ starting pitcher until the seventh inning, and his complete game was a big part of D-B’s 8-3 win over the Hilltoppers on Tuesday night at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

“It was an outstanding game to bounce back after a tough loss,” said D-B coach Ryan Wagner, whose Indians took over sole possession of first place in the Big 7 Conference baseball race.

Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards said the Indians did what they needed to do.

“They got hits together in that one inning,” Edwards said. “We were a step too slow on some plays. A walk here and there, and they had a five-run inning. They earned it. And when you give up a five-run inning against a pitcher like McDavid, you put yourself in a pretty big hole.”

D-B (15-9, 8-2) closes its Big 7 season with a tough two-game set against Tennessee High. The Hilltoppers (14-9, 7-3) face off against Cherokee.

BOUNCING BACK

Science Hill came from behind to defeat the Indians 11-6 in eight innings on Monday. The tough loss didn’t show in the Indians’ effort Tuesday.

“We just had to forget,” McDavid said. “We flushed it, and we had great energy today at BP. And we came out ready to play.”

McDavid didn’t let the early walk to Marmo stay on his mind.

“You never want to walk anybody,” McDavid noted. “I just tried to bounce back and just pound the zone, and let my defense play behind me. I was hitting my spots the first couple of innings, and then my curveball started working toward the end.”

He allowed six hits and three runs with two walks and six strikeouts. He threw 118 pitches.

“I like his tempo,” Wagner said. “He likes to get the ball and get back up on the mound. I thought he pitched great, outstanding.”

Wagner said he was also pleased with the defense behind his pitcher.

“We made some great plays in the outfield,” he said. “(Cade) Maupin picked that ball from going all the way to the wall in the first inning. That would have cleared the bases.”

DECISIVE INNING

After Science Hill took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Matthew Levi’s RBI groundout, D-B tied the game in the second on Jake Timbes’ RBI grounder.

Then in the top of the third, Jaden Alderson starting D-B’s roll with a leadoff walk. After a one-out Derek Thurston single, Aaron Farley crunched a two-run triple to right field.

McDavid followed with an RBI double that made it 4-1. Still with one out, Maupin drove in two runs with a single to cap the five-run outburst.

STATBOOK

Science Hill starter Drew Honeycutt gave up seven hits and seven runs in three innings of work.

Farley and Maupin each produced a two-hit, three-RBI effort.

No player had two hits for Science Hill.

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