University High edged by Grainger

Johnson City Press • Apr 4, 2018 at 10:00 PM

Attempting to tie the game with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Briley Townsend was forced out at home plate Thursday as University High dropped a 4-3 game with Grainger in non-conference baseball play.

Townsend was trying to score on Henry Borthwick’s bases-loaded grounder to third base. One batter later, a Hunter Seehorn pop-up was caught in foul territory for the final out.

The Jr. Bucs amassed eight hits, with Seehorn going 2 for 3 and Cas Blevins 2 for 4. Seehorn and Jakob Hare doubled, Jake Oligny coupled two RBIs with two stolen bases and Blevins supplied a pair of runs.

Though in a losing cause, Carter Pollock has a solid outing from the mound. Going the distance, he yielded three earned runs and recorded a half-dozen strikeouts on 107 pitches.

Sullivan East 16

Johnson County 8

MOUNTAIN CITY—With leadoff batter Elias Arnold totaling four hits and two runs in five at-bats, Sullivan East doubled up Three Rivers Conference foe Johnson County on the scoreboard.

Arnold, Everett Hunt, Eli Milhorn and Tanner Leffew each accounted for two Sullivan East RBIs, with Hunt and Leffew both collecting a pair of hits.

Ethan Terry crossed the plate three times for the Patriots. Milhorn and Seth Chafin each bopped a double.

Winner Dylan White (5 runs, 1 hit, 8 Ks, 2 BB) pitched five innings before Leffew hurled a pair of shutout frames.

A six-hit Longhorns attack was paced by Johnny Arnold at 2 for 4. Bud Icenhour and Gabe Reece each went 1 for 2, with Icenhour drawing three walks from the top of the order.

This was a two-run game (10-8) after the two teams combined for 15 sixth-inning runs (JC 8, East 7), but the Pats scored six times in the top of the seventh.

Cherokee 4

Sevier County 0

SEVIERVILLE—Nick Collins pitched a complete-game shutout, leading Cherokee to a non-conference victory.

Collins held Sevier County to four hits while striking out five batters.

Dylan Johnson and Japeth Curtsinger each had two hits for the Chiefs. Four Cherokee players -- Collins, Curtsinger, Steve Owen and Hayden Long -- each had an RBI for the Chiefs.Hayden Long had an RBI for the Chiefs.


Cloudland 5

Happy Valley 3

ROAN MOUNTAIN—Abby Gouge delivered a two-run, seventh-inning single to send the Lady Highlanders past Happy Valley.

Leah Birchfield and Gracie Freeman hit their way aboard to set up Gouge’s one-out stroke of the bat — Cloudland’s 10th hit of the day.

Freeman had a nice day offensively, going 3 for 4 while Heaven Caraway and Jasmine Birchfield each provided a pair of hits.

Kenzie Birchfield did all of Cloudland’s work from the slab, amassing seven strikeouts.

Makaela Hughes generated half of Happy Valley’s six-hit output. Olivia Kelley added two hits.

Sullivan East 4

Sullivan South 3

KINGSPORT—The Lady Rebels won a tough one with East behind Taylor McConnell’s solid pitching and her two-run, first-inning homer.

McConnell hurled a complete game, giving up two earned runs and totaling five strikeouts.

Brynna Teal put together a 3-for-4 performance from the Lady Rebels’ leadoff spot while Laura Dade chimed in with a pair of hits.

Autumn Gobble was 2 for 3 and Chelsea Sams ripped a solo homer for the Lady Pats.


Sullivan East 13

Sullivan Central 6

BLUFF CITY—Chelsea Sams batted 4 for 4 with a triple, two runs and a pair of RBIs for the Lady Patriots, who were in a 5-5 tie before cutting loose for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Samantha Smith was 2 for 3, Kylee Wolfe doubled two times in a 2-for-4 showing and Katelynn Loudy tallied three RBIs to go with a complete game from the pitching circle.

Autumn Gobble (2 runs), Jana White and Cayden Bawgus contributed two RBIs.

For the Lady Cougars, Alexa Chandler went 3 for 3 and drove in two runs. Going 2 for 4 was Faith Campbell.

Dobyns-Bennett 2

Twin Springs, Va. 1

KINGSPORT—McCoy Hensley went 2 for 3 with a double, a run and an RBI as the Lady Indians withstood Twin Springs.

D-B’s Bailee Way added a sacrifice fly in a game that offered just three hits by both sides.

Morgan Riffle handled the pitching chores for the Lady Indians, notching seven strikeouts against one walk.



University High 2

West Greene 0

Solving West Greene’s defense after a scoreless first half, the Jr. Bucs prevailed on goals from Walker Page and Malachi Heath.

Pate Anglin assisted the goal by Page, with Moses Coley providing an assist to Heath.

UH returns to action Thursday, meeting Chuckey-Doak at Johnson City’s Winged Deer Park. The match begins at 6:30 p.m.

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