Lady Devils hang on against 'Toppers in NFS championship

Johnson City Press • Apr 14, 2018 at 11:22 PM

ERWIN—Unicoi County and Science Hill turned Saturday night’s Nuclear Fuel Services softball tournament championship game into quite an entertaining affair.

Holding off the Lady Hilltoppers in the late going, Unicoi County took top honors with a 10-9, six-inning victory.

The Lady Blue Devils were in total command after Sydney Miller launched a three-run, fifth-inning home run for a 10-1 advantage.

Science Hill, however, answered with five runs, including a three-run Shayna Price homer, in the lower half of the frame. The ’Toppers then got sixth-inning solo homers from Kasey Bennett, Mia Edwardson and Mackenzie Powell.

After Edwardson and Powell delivered back-to-back shots with two away, pitcher Allee Griffith induced a ground-ball out to end the game.

Halie Hawkins, Ashtan Vance and Griffith each batted 2 for 4 for Unicoi, with Hawkins totaling three RBIs (plus 2 runs) and Vance scoring twice.

Powell led Science Hill by going 4 for 4 with two runs. Other notables were Price (2 for 3), Edwardson (2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Bennett (2 for 4, 2 runs).

Other NFS games

Unicoi County 10

Sullivan Central 1, 6 inn.

ERWIN—Chloe Powers banged out three hits, Ashtan Vance drove in three runs and Allee Griffith recorded nine strikeouts for the Lady Blue Devils, who flurried offensively in the fifth (3 runs) and sixth innings (4) to put away Sullivan Central.

Powers went 3 for 3, socked a double and scored three times from the bottom of Unicoi’s order. Vance (2 for 3) and Sydney Miller each ripped a two-run homer, Rylee Stiltner also supplied two RBIs and Abbie Grindstaff coupled a 1-for-1 effort with a pair of runs.

Griffith pitched six innings for the Devils.

Unicoi County 13

Tennessee High 3, 5 inn.

ERWIN—With Sydney Miller going 2 for 3 with a home run, a double, two runs and three RBIs, Unicoi County beat Tennessee High in convincing fashion.

Chloe Powers went 2 for 2, Rylee Stiltner and Allee Griffith both went 2 for 3 with two runs and Halie Padgett registered a 2-for-3 outing. Moreover, Samantha Chavez contributed a two-run homer to the Lady Blue Devils’ 15 hit assault.

Padgett, Powers, Stiltner and Ashtan Vance (2 runs) joined Miller in the doubles department with one each.

Padgett carried out the pitching duties for UC. She totaled four strikeouts.

Unicoi County3

Unaka1, 6 inn.

ERWIN—Halie Padgett allowed an unearned run in a complete game from the pitching circle and the Lady Blue Devils, who broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth, made do with just four hits off Corie Schettler.

Padgett yielded a half-dozen hits and produced four strikeouts with no walks. Sydney Miller had two RBIs and Rylee Stiltner homered in the victory.

Katlyn Weaver went 3 for 3 in topping the Lady Rangers offensively.

Science Hill 12

Sullivan South 0, 3 inn.

ERWIN—Mia Edwardson and Gia Hickman homered as Science Hill pummeled Sullivan South.

Edwardson was 2 for 2 with two runs while Abbie Jones contributed a double and three RBIs. Kasey Bennett had a triple, two runs and a pair of RBIs.

Hickman and Makenzie Smith each drove in two runs. Smith went 1 for 1 and scored twice.

Science Hill 17

Happy Valley 2, 4 inn.

ERWIN—Mackenzie Powell and Sejal Neas each swatted a grand slam as the Lady Hilltoppers rolled to a four-inning win over Happy Valley.

Mia Edwardson stroked a two-run homer before Neas produced her grand slam in a 10-run Science Hill first. Powell cleared the bases with a fourth-inning rocket.

Powell also inserted a double into a 3-for-4, 2-run output. Edwardson was 3 for 4 with three runs and three RBIs, and Neas closed at 2 for 3 with a pair of runs.

Gia Hickman flourished at the top of the order, going 3 for 4, scoring three times and collecting two RBIs. Abbie Jones batted 2 for 2 and Makenzie Smith 2 for 3 with a double.

With Neas throwing one inning, Blake West two and then Michaela Gonzalez one, HV was limited to three hits.

Science Hill 14

Tennessee High 1, 4 inn.

ERWIN—Connecting for a two-run double in the first inning and a three-run home run in the fifth, Shayna Price had five RBIs in Science Hill’s rout of Tennessee High.

Price finished at 2 for 3, scoring a pair of runs along the way. Mackenzie Powell pounded out a pair of doubles in a 3-for-3, 3-run performance while Gia Hickman was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.

The Lady Hilltoppers, who stuffed THS into a 7-0 first-inning hole, accumulated 10 hits for the game. Mia Edwardson (3 walks), Makenzie Smith (1 for 2), Jannon Glaspie (double) and Allison Taylor accounted for two runs apiece.

Combining to hold the Lady Vikings to three hits, winner Michaela Gonzalez and Blake West pitched two innings apiece.

Unaka 3

Sullivan Central 0, 6 inn.

ERWIN—Central pitcher Courtney Willis contained Unaka’s offense, but the Lady Rangers didn’t need much as Corie Schuettler hurled a six-inning no-hitter.

Schuettler put up 11 strikeouts against no walks in a 76-pitch outing.

Unaka mustered a modest five hits off Willis, who tallied a half-dozen Ks. One run scored against her was unearned.

Katlyn Weaver batted 1 for 1 and drew two walks.


Cincinnati Elder 6

Science Hill 5

Held scoreless in the first, Cincinnati Elder responded by scoring one run in each of the remaining six innings to slip past Science Hill.

Ben Burke doubled and eventually stole home in the top of the seventh to break a 5-5 tie.

C-Elder was led by T.J. Kearns, who batted 3 for 3 and scored three times. Burke followed at 2 for 3.

Showing the way for the Hilltoppers was Ben Edwards, who went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and two runs. Caleb Marmo earned a pair of hits in two at-bats while Garrett Stiltner finished 1 for 2 with two runs and a walk.

Ben Grable doubled in a 10-hit Hilltoppers attack. C-Elder also produced 10 hits.

Cherokee 7

University High 4

Japtheth Curtsinger drove in three runs as he, Jesse Forgety and Conner Burke each turned in 2-for-3 efforts for Cherokee.

Forgety and Burke doubled and had two RBIs apiece, Ryan Morgan batted 2 for 4 and the Chiefs finished with a dozen hits. Steve Owen went the distance from the mound.

For the Junior Bucs, Kaleb Meredith went 2 for 2 with a sacrifice. A.J. Simerly followed at 2 for 4.

UH trailed by just one run (5-4) when Burke struck for a two-run double in the top of the sixth.

Sullivan East 5

Elizabethton 4

BLUFF CITY—Dylan White followed up Perry Casaday’s RBI double with a run-scoring single, lifting the Patriots in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Eli Milhorn, who hit his way aboard before Casaday stepped into the batter’s box, crossed the plate with the deciding run.

The Cyclones had seized a 4-3 lead on Evan Carter’s three-run homer in the top half of the inning.

Milhorn, who doubled earlier in the contest, and Casaday each batted 2 for 3 in support of Tanner Leffew, who threw a complete game.

Corey Russell went 2 for 3 (double) and Evan Perkins 2 for 4 (double) for an Elizabethton team that was victimized by three unearned runs.

Maryville 8

Dobyns-Bennett 7

MARYVILLE—Carter Harris scored on Tanner Shiver’s bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh inning, sending the Rebels past D-B.

Maryville was within an out of winning the game in the inning’s upper half, but a ground-ball error pushed across two runs for the Tribe.

Pacing Maryville was Will Orren at 3 for 4, Mason Fry at 2 for 3 (double) with three RBIs and Riley Church with a two-run triple.

The Indians’ Brogen Beckner furnished a pair of doubles in a 3-for-4, 2-RBI performance. Cade Maupin and Isaac Whitehead each had a double.


Cincinnati Elder 4

David Crockett 3, 9 inn.

Jacob Jenkins went 3 for 4, doubled twice and pitched 3 2/3 innings of good relief for the Pioneers, who lost after tying the game with two seventh-inning runs.

Although the one run he allowed was unearned, Jenkins was saddled with the loss. He took over for starter Luke Larkins, who didn’t pitch badly — yielding three runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 frames.

Crockett’s Bryan Rodriguez went 1 for 2 and Devin Foster had two runs.

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