Science Hill advances to Green Wave semifinals

Johnson City Press • Apr 6, 2018 at 11:09 PM

EASLEY, S.C.—Yielding only seven hits over the course of two games on Friday, Science Hill stymied Benedictine 7-2 and Belton-Honea Path 4-0 in the Green Wave Baseball Invitational.

The Hilltoppers will play in today’s semifinals.

Jackson Hill held Benedictine, a school from Ohio, to two runs and four hits over six innings. From there, Garrett Gleason pitched a perfect seventh.

All nine of Science Hill’s hits were singles, with Chance Hall going 2 for 2 and Garrett Stiltner, David Bryant and Cade McCoy each finishing 2 for 3. Stiltner also supplied two runs and a pair of RBIs.

In the game against South Carolina’s Belton-Honea, Quinn Boyle hurled a three-hit shutout and the ’Toppers did all of their scoring in the top of the seventh inning.

After Garrett Stiltner reached on an error and Caleb Marmo walked, Science Hill took the lead when Belton-Honea botched a ground-ball play with one out — bringing home Stiltner, moving Marmo to third base and putting batter Zach Copenhaver on second.

From there, Ben Edwards lofted a sacrifice fly to right field. Ben Grable then delivered an RBI triple and McCoy a run-scoring single.

All four of Science Hill’s runs were unearned. Finishing with five hits, the ’Toppers got a 3-for-4 outing from McCoy.

Emerald 3

David Crockett 1

EASLEY, S.C.—Grady Cash posted six shutout innings in a complete-game pitching performance, but a three-run Emerald fifth was enough to topple the Pioneers.

Surrendering only four hits, Cash put up eight strikeouts and five walks.

Crockett took a 1-0 first-inning lead on a Will Long home run. The Pioneers, however, managed just one more hit — that coming from Cash — the rest of the game.

Emerald did all of its scoring with two outs.

Walhalla 3

David Crockett 0

EASLEY, S.C.—Crockett was again limited to two hits, negating a pretty good start from pitcher Luke Adams.

Adams yielded three runs on 10 hits in six innings, then Nolan Miller hurled a scoreless seventh.

Luke Larkins went 1 for 2 and Will Long 1 for 3 for the Pioneers.

University High 6

Beckley 0

KODAK—Cas Blevins put on quite a show for the Jr. Buccaneers, going 3 for 4 with four RBIs and throwing a complete-game shutout.

Blevins held Beckley to four hits, registered four strikeouts and issued no walks. He also notched a pair of stolen bases.

UH, which put the game away with a four-run sixth, got a 3-for-3 outing from Jack Bembry, who added two steals and a walk. Hunter Seehorn doubled and A.J. Simerly and Jakob Hare had two runs apiece.

Cherokee 6

Sullivan South 3

KINGSPORT—Ethan Crowder pitched a complete game and banged out a pair of hits for the Chiefs, who scored three-times in the sixth to erase a 3-2 Rebels edge.

Crowder totaled 98 pitches, yielded six hits and tallied four strikeouts against one walk.

Trey Courtney was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs for Cherokee, with Jesse Forgety, Steve Owen and Japheth Curtsinger contributing two hits apiece. Owen doubled and had two runs.

South, which was outhit 12-6, got two hits from Austin Monds.

Sullivan East 10

Chuckey-Doak 9

BLUFF CITY—Ending the game on Eli Milhorn’s RBI single, the Patriots came back from a 7-3 deficit by scoring seven runs in the final three innings.

Milhorn (double, 2 runs), Perry Casaday (3 runs) and Elias Arnold (2 runs) each went 2 for 3 for Sullivan East, which received a pair of Tanner Leffew RBIs. Brantley Ellis pitched four innings of relief for the win, yielding two earned runs.

The Black Knights’ Leonard Cobb was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs while Jacob Willett homered and scored three times in a 2-for-4 effort. Dustin Eatmon batted 2 for 4, driving in two runs, and Colton Fleenor tallied three RBIs.

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