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Vikings turn Daniel Boone away

Johnny Wilson • Apr 9, 2018 at 9:31 PM

BRISTOL  — Limiting the powerful Tennessee High offense would seem to be the first order of business against the baseball Vikings, who generally score about a dozen runs a game.

But sometimes being good is still not good enough, as Daniel Boone discovered Monday in a 5-1 defeat at the hands of its Big Seven Conference rival.

Tennessee High (16-3, 5-2) collected only six base hits off of hard-luck loser Matt Cox, but the Vikings were quite efficient offensively at Tod Houston Field.

Down 1-0, Boone had its own chance to do some moderate-to-serious damage early, when a Hunter Adams double put runners at second and third with nobody out in the second inning.

However, winning pitcher Davis Hall struck out the next two batters he faced before inducing a fly out to end the threat.

All day, Tennessee High made the plays that Boone did not.

"I thought that was one of the differences tonight,'' said 13th-year Boone coach Rob Hoover. "We have second and third, nobody out and can't get the run in ... and then at the same time I thought they did a really good job any time they got a runner on second base, getting him over to third and then on home.

"If we could have put some pressure on them with an early lead there then maybe that could have helped us, I don't know.''

NOT MATT'S FAULT

Cox took the loss, finally running out of gas one out shy of a complete game.

The right-hander, who'd held THS to just three runs through five innings, walked the leadoff man in the sixth before giving up a two-run homer to Gavin Cross, making it a 5-1 game.

"I didn't want to have to waste an arm at that point, but he was tired there in that last inning,'' Hoover said.

"But I'm super proud of Matt. Holding that lineup to six hits is quite an effort."

Tennessee High had scored single runs in the first on a Cross groundout, in the second when Jacob Orr followed a Jason Vanhoy double with one of his own, and in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Vanhoy.

NO STICK

The Trailblazers (9-6, 5-4) simply could not do much with Hall, a veteran right-hander who struck out eight and only walked one while giving up five hits.

Easton Harrell ruined Hall's shutout bid early with a solo homer in the third.

"I thought Hall made some good pitches," Hoover said. "He stayed on the outside edge and he showed his curve and off-speed pitches just enough to where we couldn't just sit dead-red fastball.

"We've got to do a better job putting together, you know, some quality at-bats. Not just one here and one there ... right now we're having a hard time at putting some things back to back. We're just hitting too many weak flyball outs and not squaring up enough balls. I don't know if we need to bunt more or what, but I know we better come up with some ways to get some runs and we need to figure it out soon."

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