The Hilltoppers rallied past Cherokee 10-8 to stay a game behind Dobyns-Bennett for the top spot.
Down by two runs in the fourth inning, the Hilltoppers (16-11, 8-3) scored four in the bottom half and led the rest of the way. They gave coach Ryan Edwards his 342nd career victory at Science Hill, lifting him past John Broyles as the program’s all-time winningest coach.
“I’m very humbled to be a part of such a rich tradition with the school’s baseball program,” Edwards said. “I’m thankful for Coach (Keith) Turner for giving me the opportunity to be here. I’m thankful to my wife and kids for their support. I’ve had a lot of great players over the years and I’m thankful to be a part of it.
“The wins are great, but I most of all enjoy the relationships with the boys.”
Hunter Phillips finished 3-for-4 and Caleb Marmo was 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jackson Hill also had two hits, including a go-ahead triple, and drove in two runs. Landon Slemp, who was the winning pitcher in relief, doubled and had three RBIs.
Alex Elmore had two hits and Jack Torbett scored two runs.
Cherokee’s Trent Price went 3-for-5, including a triple, with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Ryan Morgan was 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Chiefs (9-15, 3-8). Carter Morelock had two hits, and Jesse Forgety slapped a two-run double.
Jackson Davenport suffered the loss, giving up seven hits and seven runs over three innings. Luke Condra threw the final three innings of relief.
Sullivan South 11, Sullivan East 4
KINGSPORT — The Rebels took a big step toward second place in the Three Rivers Conference by building a 10-1 third-inning lead and holding off a Patriots comeback.
South (17-9) got RBIs from all but one hitter in the lineup, and that player, Peyton Stanley, had two hits. Austin Monds drove in a pair of runs. Cory Williams worked five-plus innings to get the win.
East (12-9) got four hits from Perry Casaday. Dylan Bartley and Ethan Terry each had two and Terry drove in two runs.
Elizabethton 13, Sullivan Central 3
ELIZABETHTON — Behind five hits and seven RBIs from the top three hitters in the lineup, the Cyclones ran away from the Cougars.
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Bryson Rollins had two hits and three RBIs and Karson Dillard and Evan Carter each drove in two runs.
Carter (5-2) went the distance, allowing seven and three runs, one earned. He walked two and struck out 10.
Central got two hits each from Trey Sells and Kaden Grayer.
Cloudland 5, University High 0
ROAN MOUNTAIN — Kenzie Birchfield threw a complete game and gave up three hits to earn the win.
Korah Fields and Jasmine Birchfield each had two hits for the Lady Highlanders, and Krisi Bare tripled.
Avery Kibelbek pitched for the Lady Bucs and collected two of team’s hits.
Wise Central 4, Hampton 3
NORTON — EJ McDaniel went 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double and the Warriors squeaked by the visiting Bulldogs.
Central led 3-0 after three innings, but Hampton roared back with three runs in the top of the fourth.
Bryson Collins was credited with the win for Central.
Holston 10, J.I. Burton 9
NORTON — Derrick Allen went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs and Jonah Cochrane also drove in two runs, but J.I. Burton fell victim to a five-run sixth inning by visiting Holston.
The Raiders outhit the Cavaliers 14-9 but stranded 11 baserunners.
Mason Steele and Levi Price each had two RBIs for Holston.
Hancock County 12, Rye Cove 2
SNEEDVILLE — Matthew Hardin drove in both runs for the Eagles, finishing 1-for-3, and Grady Hammonds had three hits in the losing effort.
Javen Delph and Tyler Gibson each two RBIs for the Indians.
Volunteer 14, Sullivan North 2
KINGSPORT — Aliyah Crawley was 2-for-2 with a two-run home run, Sydney Allen went 3-for-4 and Myrtle Lawson tallied two hits to lead the Lady Falcons over the Lady Golden Raiders.
Allie Chandler was the winning pitcher.
Daniel Boone 15, David Crockett 3, 5 innings
GRAY — Megan Ackerman had six RBIs, including a two-run home run in the first inning and a three-run homer in the second, and finished 2-for-3 in the Lady Trailblazers’ Big 7 win.
Ackerman also was the winning pitcher after giving up three runs, five hits and no walks in a five-inning game.
Makenna Deitz was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs, and MaKenna Dance and Greyson Stevens drove in two runs each.
Dobyns-Bennett 6, Twin Springs 3
KINGSPORT — Emma Allgood went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Lady Indians to the interstate win at Indian Highland Park.
Kassidy Miller got it done at the plate and in the circle. She went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in addition to picking up the win.
Emaleigh Powers went 2-for-3 with a home run for the Lady Titans and Chenoa Dean also homered. Aubrey Powers took the loss for Twin Springs.
Union 12, Ridgeview 2
CLINTWOOD — The Lady Bears got a key Mountain 7 road victory over Ridgeview behind a solid performance from Heather Lipps. She finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Marleigh Duncan and Emma Duncan also contributed two hits each and Marleigh notched the win in the circle after fanning eight batters.
Hunter Grant and Camdyn Sykes each had two hits for Ridgeview.
John Battle 16, Wise Central 0
NORTON — Madison Hill pitched a one-hit shutout — striking out nine — to lead Battle to the Mountain 7 victory at Central.
Logan Leonard had a pair of home runs for the Lady Trojans and closed the night 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Reagan Dotson came through with the Lady Warriors’ hit in the fifth inning.
Sullivan Central 7, Volunteer 2
Ben Williams (SC) def. Garrett Armstrong 8-1, Jack Musick (SC) def. Jacob Haynes *-1, Tyler Jones (SC) def. Evan Mays 8-2, Zach Hughes (SC) def. Evan Berry 8-6, Mark Robinetter (SC) def. Connor Cradic 8-0, Landen Locklear (SC) def. Braxton Williams 8-6.
Williams/Jones (SC) def. Armstron/Mays 8-0, Haynes/E. Berry (V) def. Musick/Robinette 8-3, Williams/Hobbs (V) def. Hughes/Locklear.
Eastside 8, Johnson County 1
JR Kilgore (E) def. Mason Stanley 6-4, 62, Shane Campbell (E) def. Noah Cox 8-4, Jordan Rasnick (E) def. Dalton Sluder 8-2, Will Henson (JC) def. Chris Swann 8-4, Erik Jones (E) def. Noah Nelson 8-0, Luke Kirk (E) def. Adam Manuel 8-3.
Kilgore/Rasnick (E) def. Stanley/Henson 8-2, Campbell/Jones (E) def. Cox/Sluder 8-2, Swan/Kirk (E) def. Nelson/Manuel 8-1.
Sullivan Central 8, Volunteer 1
Makenna Peterson (V) def. Amanda Robinette 8-2, Natalie Scott (SC) def. Brooklyn Ward 8-3, Amelia Madgett (SC) def. Carlee McClain 8-3, Alexa Cassedy (SC) def. Samantha Sellers 8-3, Hollijay Lawson (SC) def. Natalie Snapp 8-4, Parker Hurd (SC) def. Abbie Moffitt 8-4.
Robinette/Scott (SC) def. Peterson/Ward 8-4, Madgett/Lawson (SC) def. McClain/Sellers 8-3, Cassedy/Hurd def. Sheerer/Moffitt 8-2.