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Hilltoppers rout Chiefs in Big 7 regular-season capper

By TANNER COOK • Apr 23, 2019 at 9:38 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Behind the power hitting of Caleb Marmo and Landon Slemp, the Science Hill baseball team started the scoring early in Tuesday’s 13-0 Big 7 Conference win over Cherokee.

Marmo finished his evening 3-for-3, an effort that included a three-run home run in the top of the third inning. He also stole three bases.

Slemp went 2-for-4, including a two-run bomb in the first. The Hilltoppers (18-10, 9-3) scored five times in the first before an out was recorded.

Science Hill’s pitching wasn’t too shabby, either. Freshman Cole Torbett and Dustin Eatmon combined for the no-hitter.

“Cole and Dustin have both been pitching well for us,” Hilltoppers coach Ryan Edwards said.

“I was proud of the way Cole commanded his fastball on both sides of the plate and was able to throw them for strikes. When he does that, he’s tough.”

Torbett and Eatmon combined for only four strikeouts but coaxed the Chiefs into numerous grounders and harmless popups to the outfield.

Cherokee (9-15, 3-8) managed only two baserunners, one on a walk and the other on a hit by pitch.

The ’Toppers clinched second in the Big 7 regular-season race and the No. 2 seed in the District 1-AAA tournament, which begins next week at Tennessee High.

“This is two nights in a row that we’ve hit the baseball well and we’ve talked about it heading into May that we want to be playing our best baseball,” Edwards said.

Jackson Hill also had a good hitting day for Science Hill. Hill went 4-for-4, including two doubles along with two RBIs.

The ’Toppers had a total of 16 hits from seven players, and five of them recorded at least one RBI.

The Chiefs, who played error-free ball in Monday’s 10-8 loss in Johnson City, were guilty of six at home on the Reservation.

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