Science Hill boys tennis shuts out D-B

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 3, 2018 at 11:47 PM

Science Hill freshman Griffen Nickels set the tone at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Dobyns-Bennett’s Luke Morris and the Hilltoppers romped to a 9-0 win in boys’ tennis action Tuesday at Liberty Bell Courts.

No. 2 Chris Morton won 6-2, 6-1 over the Indians’ John Lewis Corker and No. 4 Will Dyer similarly romped to a 6-1, 6-1, win over Leeland Corker.

The Hilltoppers gutted out the rest of the matches with Jacob Johnson taking a 7-5, 6-4 win over Noah Morris at No. 3, Drew Keith winning 7-5, 6-1 over Ben McNabb at No. 5 and Logan Moseley at No. 6 going the distance to beat Tanner Guske 6-3, 4-6, and in an 8-4 tiebreaker.

“Griff, what he did at the top of the lineup, what he did today was huge,” Science Hill coach Kelly Lane said. “I’m also proud of Jacob Johnson and Drew Keith how they were down in their first sets and came back to win. We showed some resiliency today.”

Nickels added: “I felt pretty good about my match. My forehand was doing well and I was able to hit winners. I’ve been playing a lot of tournaments and my game is coming along.”

Science Hill’s doubles teams of No. 1 Nickels and Johnson, No. 2 Morton and Dyer, and No. 3 Keith and Grady Owen easily won their matches.


Dobyns-Bennett 5, Science Hill 4

Taylor Guske edged Allie Torbett 7-5, 4-6 and 10-8 in the tiebreaker at No. 4 singles, which proved to be the match clincher.

The Lady Indians won all top four singles matches. No. 1 Willa Rogers beat Kara Lucchesi 6-1, 6-2, No. 2 Lainey Hill was victorious 6-3, 6-1 over Abby Knox and No. 3 Emily Cai defeated Allie Knox 6-0, 6-1.

Science Hill’s Emily Young won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 and Shan Shang Liang won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.

Rogers and Hill won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles, but the Lady ’Toppers teams of the Knox sisters and Liang and Kirby Sampson won the other two doubles matches.


Sullivan East 4

Johnson County 3

BLUFF CITY—Perry Casaday dented an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday, pushing Sullivan East past Johnson County.

In the upper half of the seventh, the Longhorns broke a 2-2 tie when Josh Tierney drove home Shane Greer with a base hit.

Everett Hunt led off the Patriots’ final round of plate appearances with a single, then scored one batter later as Eli Milhorn reached second base on an infield error. From there Casaday lined an 0-2 pitch to right field, plating Milhorn.

Hunt crafted a 2-for-3 effort with a sacrifice for the Patriots, who got a 2-for-4 showing from Casaday.

The Longhorns were topped by Tierney at 2 for 4 while Johnny Arnold went 1 for 1 with two runs and a pair of walks.

Casaday pitched 6 2/3 innings, yielding just one earned run. He allowed five hits, struck out eight batters and walked six before Seth Chafin, who received the win, induced Johnson County’s final out.

Greer kept the Patriots off the scoreboard through the first four innings. After yielding two runs on five hits and totaling six Ks against six walks in a 5 2/3-inning no-decision, he gave way to Ben Howard.

Hampton 3

North Greene 2

HAMPTON—A throwing error enabled Weston Street to score all the way from first base, lifting the Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Street, Hampton’s No. 8 batter, led off by taking the second pitch of the inning in the back. His twin brother and left-handed hitter, Landon, followed up by laying down an 0-1 pitch to the first-base side of the infield. After briefly mishandling the ball, Huskies pitcher Cayden Foulks fired an errant throw down the right-field line to bring home Weston Street and break a 2-2 tie.

Sophomore southpaw Dalton Rouse hurled a complete game for the ’Dogs, upping his record to 3-1 on the year. Holding the Huskies to four hits, he totaled five strikeouts and issued two bases on balls.

Foulks also went the whole way, allowing only three hits and striking out seven batters. He topped North Greene offensively, going 2 for 3.

Hampton got a 2-for-3 effort from Dru Owens.

University High 15

Cloudland 0

ROAN MOUNTAIN—One day after University High’s Cas Blevins fired a five-inning perfect game against Cloudland, Carter Pollock, Essau Byrd and A.J. Simerly combined on a five-inning no-hitter for the Jr. Bucs.

Pollock and Simerly sandwiched two innings apiece around Byrd’s handing of the third frame. The three pitchers combined for six strikeouts against three walks.

UH banged out 11 hits, with Hunter Seehorn (2 doubles), Jakob Hare (double, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases) and Jake Oligny (2 runs, 2 stolen bases) all going 2 for 3. Seehorn and Oligny each supplied three RBIs.

Pollock socked a two-bagger and scored two times. Simerly recorded three of the Jr. Bucs’ 10 stolen bases.

UH quickly took control of the game, grabbing a 6-0 lead in the top of the first.

Unicoi County 11

Madison 2

Keaton Casey got the win, striking out 10 batters.

Caleb Wilson (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Troy Podvin (4-5, 2 RBI) had big days at the plate.

Unaka 4-6

Providence Academy 1-2

ELIZABETHTON—Collecting eight strikeouts along the way, John Ramsey hurled a five-inning no-hitter in Unaka’s 4-1 conquest of Providence Academy.

Two Dakota Gilmore hits and a Bryson Street double were included in the front end of a twin-bill.

Blake King pitched all five innings, struck out five batters and had a double in Game 2, helping the Rangers beat the Knights 6-2.

Isaac Hill also cracked out a double for Unaka. Providence got hits from John Trent and Ben Jones.

Elizabethton 13

Happy Valley 3

ELIZABETHON — Corey Russell had three hits and four RBIs to lift the Cyclones over the Warriors.

Evan Perkins drove in three runs, while Ethan Eggleston had three hits and two RBIs. Lawson Wagner earned the win, while Kevin Whitaker was tagged with the loss. Bryce Carter pitched in relief for Happy Valley.


David Crockett 10

Tennessee High 4

BRISTOL—Riley Hope batted 4 for 5 with five RBIs, Reagan Miller ripped two home runs in a 3-for-4 day and the Lady Pioneers piled up 20 hits.

Lenzie Jenkins and Kat Pfeifer both closed at 3 for 5 — Jenkins also had two runs — as seven Crockett players contributed multiple hits. Adding two hits apiece were Sydney Fox (3 runs), Mackenzie Baldwin (2 runs) and Kara Weems.

Miller drove in four runs and scored twice while Hope accounted for a home run and a double. Baldwin banged out a pair of two-baggers, plus she had a sacrifice.

Weems tallied six strikeouts in seven innings of pitching work. All four runs scored against her were unearned.

Anna Craddock and Lakelyn Ziegler led the Lady Vikings by each going 2 for 3. Elizabeth Ray knocked in two runs.

Cloudland 12

Sullivan North 2

ROAN MOUNTAIN—Kenzie Birchfield clubbed a three-run home run, Rein Strickland blasted a two-run shot and the Lady Highlanders dusted off Sullivan North in six innings.

Birchfield went the distance from the pitching circle, surrendering only two hits and one earned run. She also recorded five strikeouts.

Leah Birchfield turned in a perfect 4-for-4 performance for the Lady Highlanders, with teammate Gracie Freeman going 3 for 4.

Strickland’s long ball was part of a five-run Cloudland fourth.


Tennessee High 4

David Crockett 1

Aiden Moore produced all four Tennessee High goals, scoring twice in both halves.

For the host Pioneers, Dray Gentry found the back of the opposing net. His goal was assisted by Gio Ortiz.

Crockett will remain at home for its next match, taking on Volunteer this Thursday at 6.

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