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High school roundup: Marmo's eighth-inning single lifts 'Toppers

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 13, 2018 at 11:15 PM

MORRISTOWN—Caleb Marmo came through with a two-run, two-out single in the top of the eighth inning Friday night, ushering Science Hill’s baseball team to a 5-3 victory over Morristown East.

Chance Hall had a 2-for-3 game for the Hilltoppers, followed by Marmo at 2 for 4.

David Bryant supplied a double, two runs, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base for the Hilltoppers. Ben Grable had a two-bagger of his own in a contest that offered 11 hits (SH 6, ME 5) and seven errors (SH 4, ME 3).

The Hurricanes’ Mason Jones was 1 for 2 and Keefer Andrew 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

After starting pitcher Jackson Hill allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings, Joshua Francisco was charged with two unearned runs over three innings from the mound. Jack Emling held Morristown East scoreless in 1 1/3 frames of winning relief.

Happy Valley 14

South Greene 4, 5 inn.

ELIZABETHTON—With Eli Fleenor going 3 for 3, scoring three times and driving across two runs, Happy Valley swamped South Greene.

Fleenor’s day included a double. Will Hampton doubled and tripled in a 3-for-4, 2-run showing from the top spot in the order, while cleanup hitter Nolan Easic went 2 for 2 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs.

Kevin Whitaker accounted for two of Happy Valley’s 13 hits. Michael Harrah surrendered all four South Greene runs, but only one was earned as he nabbed the victory with 4 2/3 innings of work.

Johnson County 11

FCA 1, 6 innings

MOUNTAIN CITY—The Longhorns put up six first-inning runs and stayed in charge the rest of the way against FCA.

Jayden Joiner totaled six strikeouts as he tossed a three-hitter for Johnson County, plus he knocked in a pair of runs.

Petie Pavusek was 3 for 4 with a double while Bud Icenhour (double) and Shane Greer each went 2 for 4 and scored twice. Greer added two RBIs and three stolen bases.

Johnson County swiped seven bags as a team.

Sullivan East 18

Hampton 6

HAMPTON—Brantley Ellis went 3 for 4, Perry Casaday amassed five RBIs and the Patriots had too much offensive ammunition for Hampton.

Ellis, who tripled and drove in two runs, pitched five innings for the victory. He tallied seven strikeouts and withstood seven walks before Drew Hatcher threw the sixth and seventh for East.

Casaday was 2 for 3 with a double.

The Bulldogs’ Dru Owens turned in a 2-for-3 effort. Collecting two RBIs apiece were Gavin Hardin, Landon Street and Hunter Davenport (pinch-hit double).

Sevier County 18

Daniel Boone 7, 5 inn.

SEVIERVILLE—Ben Allen, Zach Taylor and Brody Goodman all had two hits for Daniel Boone, which couldn’t hold a 6-1 second-inning advantage.

Allen was 2 for 2, Taylor banged out a pair of doubles and Goodman scored twice. Eric Rigsby socked a two-run double in Boone’s six-run second inning.

Sevier County scored in each inning, producing 16 of its runs during innings three through five.

Dobyns-Bennett 11

Bearden 6, 8 inn.

KNOXVILLE—The game was tied at 6 before the Indians pushed across five runs in the top of the eighth inning.

Offensively, D-B was keyed by John Deason (2 for 3, double), Cade Maupin (2 for 4, double, 2 runs) and Brogen Beckner (2 for 4, 2 RBIs).

Giving up just one hit and totaling four strikeouts, Jackson Mcdavid pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn a decision.

Dobyns-Bennett 10

Knox Webb 1

KNOXVILLE—Throwing a two-hitter, Max Everette finished with an astounding 16 strikeouts.

D-B’s Jaden Alderson went 2 for 2 while Jackson Mcdavid provided two hits and a pair of runs.

SOFTBALL

Unicoi County 8

Johnson Co. 2, 5 inn.

ERWIN—All Griffith and Chloe Powers homered and combined for five RBIs, lifting Unicoi County to a victory over Johnson County in the annual Nuclear Fuel Services softball tournament.

Griffith was 2 for 2 and drove in three runs while Powers finished at 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Halie Padgett handled the pitching chores for the Lady Blue Devils, harvesting 10 strikeouts in the process.

Topping the Lady Longhorns, Hannah Brooks went 2 for 2 and Alexis Hendley recorded a pair of RBIs.

Happy Valley 14

Sullivan Central 6, 3 inn.

ERWIN—Olivia Absher batted 3 for 4, doubled and scored three times as the Lady Warriors pinned an NFS loss on Sullivan Central.

HV also received standout work from Katie Havner (2 for 2, 2 RBIs), Kaitlyn Roberts (2 for 3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) and Calli Davis (2 for 3, 2 runs).

Madison Horne launched a two-run homer for the Lady Cougars.

Science Hill 12

Sullivan Central 2, 4 inn.

ERWIN—Anchored by a seven-run first inning, the Lady Hilltoppers had no trouble dispatching Sullivan Central in NFS play.

Mackenzie Powell did the most damage for Science Hill, tagging a home run and a double in a 2-for-2 performance. She piled up four RBIs and joined teammates Gia Hickman, Sejal Neas, Jannon Glaspie and Allison Taylor in collecting two runs apiece.

Neas also went 2 for 2 and Taylor was 1 for 1 with two walks while Makenzie Smith (2 RBIs) and Kasey Bennett doubled.

Central managed just three hits off Neas (2 2/3 innings) and Blake West (1). Going 1 for 1 with an RBI was Sydney Snapp.

Sullivan North 7

Hampton 2

HAMPTON—The Lady Golden Raiders slipped into an early 2-run hole, but back-to-back three-run innings (4-5) pointed the way to victory.

Abie Potter batted 3 for 3 while Alyssa Bean doubled in a 3-for-5 effort. Gracie Monk went 2 for 4 for North, which got two hits, a triple and two RBIs in five Kaitlyn Vaughn at-bats.

Winning pitcher Callie Stone hurled 6 1/3 innings.

Hampton’s Reagan Baker batted 2 for 3.

North Greene 11

University High 4

Going 2 for 2, the Lady Jr. Bucs’ Emily Morgan also drew two walks, scored a run and collected an RBI.

UH pitcher Kensington Dailey (8 Ks) contributed a 2-for-4 offensive showing that included a double and two runs.

Liz Burns and Ryleigh Owen each knocked in a run while Sydney Trisin scored for the Bucs.

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