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'Blazers rebound; Vikings take Tribe Classic title

Douglas Fritz • Apr 7, 2019 at 2:28 AM

Daniel Boone felt the sting of a shutout in Saturday’s first game against Abingdon.

The Trailblazers took it out on University High in the second game, earning a 9-0 win Saturday at Thomas Stadium during consolation games in the Tribe Classic baseball tournament.

In the tournament’s championship, Tennessee High outlasted Greeneville by a score of 2-1.

Making his first varsity start, sophomore Gavin Jones delivered a five-hitter for Boone (12-7).

“He had a good day,” said Boone coach Robbie Hoover. “He commanded his fastball, and his off speed was just good enough to keep them off balance. He attacked the strike zone early in the count, which led to a lot of groundballs.”

Boone scored single runs in each of the first six innings before departing from protocol with a three-run seventh inning.

“It was a good scoreboard,” said Hoover, whose team lost 3-0 to Abingdon in its first game Saturday. “We wish we would have some of that in the first game.

“But in the second game, we did what we had to do. We had runners in scoring position, and we found a way to get them in.”

At the plate, Boone got two hits and two RBIs from Hunter Adams. Anthony Edwards added two hits, and Jones backed up his pitching with two RBIs.

Jacob Pealer had two hits to lead University High.


Tennessee High jumped out to a first-inning lead on Cole Presson’s RBI groundout.

Greeneville tied the game in the second inning with Blayne Ferguson’s RBI single. But the Vikings retook the lead on Presson’s third-inning RBI single.

Mason Johns made it work on the mound, going the distance and allowing just four hits in a tidy, 88-pitch complete- game effort.

In the semifinals, Greeneville blasted Morristown East 13-1 and Tennessee High earned an 8-7 win over Knoxville Catholic. In the third-place game, Catholic thumped East by a score of 13-6.

The tournament format changed for the final day of Tribe Classic action, which was held at J. Fred Johnson Stadium and Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport and TVA Credit Union Ballpark and Thomas Stadium in Johnson City. No place finishes were determined after the top four.

Abingdon 3, Daniel Boone 0

T.J. Taylor shut the Trailblazers down with a two-hitter. He walked only one, struck out six, and needed only 78 pitches to finish the complete game.

Abingdon took the lead in the third inning on Luke Francisco’s steal of home plate. Ethan Ketron followed with a two-run triple.

David Crockett 12, Unicoi County 0

Nolan Miller tossed a one-hitter and the Pioneers gave him plenty of offensive support.

Cody Wheeley went 2-for-2 with a grand slam and a triple.

Tennessee High 8, Knox Catholic 7

Davis Hall hit a walk-off seventh-inning single to lift the Vikings to the come-from-behind win.

Hall finished with three hits and two RBIs as the Vikings erased a 7-3 deficit by scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Dobyns-Bennett 5, Unicoi County 1

Blake Cleven went the distance on the mound, spinning a five-hitter for the Indians. Cleven walked three and struck out four to earn his second win of the season.

Jackson McDavid put the Indians out in front with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning. Derek Thurston made it 3-0 in the third with a two-run single. Cade Maupin and Jaden Alderson had RBIs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Unicoi got its lone run on Ramon Avila’s seventh-inning RBI groundout.

Jordan Bridges went the distance in a losing cause, allowing six hits and five runs, two earned.

Lyon County 7, Dobyns-Bennett 2

It was 2-2 heading to the sixth inning, but the Eddyville, Kentucky, team struck for five runs.

The outburst started with an error, walk and hit batter to load the bases. Four singles and another error later, Lyon had a commanding lead.

The Indians got two hits and an RBI from Dalton Harkleroad.

Science Hill 3, Sullivan East 0

Science Hill’s Cole Torbett outdueled fellow freshman Dylan Bartley of Sullivan East by throwing just 81 pitches in six scoreless innings of work.

It was a 1-0 game heading into the bottom of the fifth.

In his first varsity start, Torbett (1-0) allowed just two hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Garrett Gleason earned the save by striking out the side on 12 pitches.

Bartley worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs with six strikeouts.

Karns 13, Sullivan East 11

The Patriots were up 11-1 heading to the bottom of the fourth inning. But the Beavers rallied for six runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth to earn the stunning come-from-behind win.

Eleven of Karns’ 13 runs were unearned. Perry Casaday had three hits and three RBIs to lead East.

Happy Valley 17, University High 12

After blowing all of a 10-1 lead, the Warriors rallied for six runs in the seventh inning to earn the win.

The Buccaneers scored six times in the fourth inning to make it 10-7, and took the lead with four sixth-inning runs.

Four Happy Valley hitters had multiple RBIs: Michael Harrah (3), Jacob Asher (2), Zac Workman (2) and Hunter Smith. Asher and Smith each had three hits, and Dylan Willis, Bart Wilson, Harrah and Workman each added two.

UH got two hits and four RBIs from Henry Borthwick. Michael Degennaro had three hits and Brant Hare, Jacob Pealer and Nate Tucker had two apiece.


Science Hill 9, Unicoi County 0

Getting a chief-catalyst performance from Sejal Neas, Science Hill pinned a 9-0 loss on Unicoi County in Saturday’s NFS softball tournament action in Erwin.

The five-inning affair produced five RBIs off the bat of Neas, who ripped a three-run homer in the fourth inning to cap a 3-for-3 effort at the dish. On top of that, she hurled a walk-free three-hitter.

Abigail Taylor provided strong complementary work for Neas, finishing 3-for-3 with a double and driving in three runs. Also for the Lady Hilltoppers, Jannon Glaspie went 1-for-1, scored three times, drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.

The win was part of a 3-0 day for the ’Toppers, who outscored their opponents by a combined score of 32-2.

Cassie Selvage, Chloe Powers and Samanta Chavez accounted for the Lady Blue Devils’ hits.

Science Hill 6, Chuckey-Doak 2

Kasey Bennett and Bree Presnell each doubled, had two hits and supplied a pair of runs for the Lady Hilltoppers.

Emma Cullop bopped a two-run triple, Jannon Glaspie drove in two runs and Zoey Cooper threw all five innings, allowing just one earned run in picking up the win.

Science Hill 17, Sullivan South 0

With Science Hill totaling 11 hits along with seven walks, this one lasted just three innings. The Lady Hilltoppers scored 11 times in the third frame.

Jannon Glaspie, who went 2-for-2 with three runs and a two-run home run, tallied three RBIs — and Makenzie Smith’s three-run homer capped all scoring.

Kasey Bennett and Abigail Taylor added 2-for-2 showings to the Hilltoppers’ effort. Bennett also had three runs and two RBIs, with Taylor denting a double and scoring twice.

Zoey Cooper chimed in with a two-run double and a pair of runs.

The Lady Rebels failed to manage a hit against Sejal Neas, who struck out five.

Sullivan South 2, Unaka 1

Allison Chapman and Katie Conklin socked consecutive doubles in the bottom of the sixth inning, sending Chapman across the plate with the game-ending run.

Conklin was 2-for-2 and Mackenzie Compton 2-for-3 for the Lady Rebels, who turned four of their seven hits into two-baggers. South pitcher Nicole Troutman went the distance, tossing a five-hitter.

Unaka’s Sadie Shoun took the circle in early relief and went the rest of the way. She took a hard loss, yielding only the run that snapped the 1-1 tie.

The Lady Rangers’ Kendall Bare went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.

Unicoi County 9, Grainger 8

Capping a four-run fourth inning for the home team, Samanta Chavez tagged a game-ending, two-run home run.

With one out, Chloe Powers and Allee Griffith struck for back-to-back RBI doubles before Chavez stepped to the plate for her dramatic swing of the bat.

Halie Hawkins, who opened the Unicoi County fourth with a single, and Powers each finished 2-for-3.

Hawkins produced three stolen bases and a pair of runs, with Chavez also scoring twice.

Unicoi 12, Chuckey-Doak 3

Bella Bogart doubled and drove in two runs in a 2-for-3 showing for the Lady Blue Devils.

Betsabe Chavez homered, Allee Griffith tallied a pair of RBIs and Chloe Powers accounted for a double and two runs in a contest shortened to four innings.

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