Edwardson rips HRs in one inning as Lady Hilltoppers rout Falcons

Johnson City Press • Apr 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM

Mia Edwardson collected five RBIs on a pair of first-inning home runs Tuesday, powering Science Hill to a 16-1, four-inning rout of Volunteer in Big Seven Conference softball play.

One of three Lady Hilltoppers to bat 3 for 3, Edwardson cleared the fence with three- and two-run shots. She later doubled and finished with three runs.

Aided by a three-run Shayna Price homer, Science Hill put up 12 first-inning runs to blow away a 1-0 deficit.

Kasey Bennett and Mackenzie Powell each went 3 for 3 as the Lady ’Toppers accumulated 14 hits. Bennett doubled, homered, scored three times and collected a trio of RBIs.

Pitcher Sejal Neas held the Lady Falcons to three hits. Aliyah Crawley went 1 for 1.

Sullivan East 12

Happy Valley 3

ELIZABETHTON—Jillian Shackleford, Samantha Smith and Kylee Wolfe supplied three hits apiece as the Lady Patriots swamped Happy Valley.

Shackleford was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, Smith scored three times and drove across two runs in a 3-for-5 effort and Wolfe, who also batted 3 for 5, homered and had three runs.

Katelyn Loudy chimed in at 2 for 5 with two RBIs while Autumn Gobble knocked in three runs. The Lady Patriots amassed 16 hits.

Shackleford threw all five innings for East, giving up two earned runs. She amassed seven strikeouts against six walks.

Spearheading the Lady Warriors was Kaitlyn Roberts at 2 for 2 with three runs and three stolen bases. Both her hits were doubles

Unaka 13

University High 5

The Lady Jr. Bucs couldn’t overcome an eight-run first inning by the first-place team in the Watauga Valley Conference.

University High’s Kensington Dailey, who allowed six earned runs and recorded four strikeouts from the pitching circle, went 1 for 2 with a run and two walks. Sydney Trosin had a hit and two RBIs while Liz Burns banged out a hit and drove in a run.

Alaina Alba accounted for two UH runs.

Elizabethton 9

Johnson County 3

MOUNTAIN CITY—With Maggie Johnson batting 2 for 3 and Maci West 2 for 4, the Lady Cyclones got the job done in a Three Rivers Conference contest.

Winning pitcher Lauren Brickey worked into the fifth, then Kellie Cunningham finished out from there.

Hannah Brooks topped the Lady Longhorns by going 3 for 4. Maddi Eddington was 2 for 3 and Courtney Brooks 2 for 4.

Sullivan North 8

North Greene 7, 8 inn.

KINGSPORT—Answering a four-run North Greene sixth with five runs in the home half of the inning, the Lady Golden Raiders cashed in on a Huskies mistake in the eighth.

Abie Potter came in with the winning run on an error on Kaitlyn Vaughn’s pop-up behind first base.

Alyssa Bean, Potter and Heaven Nash (solo home run) had two hits apiece for North, with Bean and Nash contributing two RBIs apiece.


University High 10

Hampton 1

HAMPTON—The Junior Bucs subdued Hampton behind a five-RBI output from Carter Pollock and Jack Bembry’s outstanding work on the mound.

Pollock doubled and tripled in a 2-for-3 showing. As for Bembry, he struck out nine batters, issued no walks, surrendered just four hits and helped himself out with a bat in his hands, going 2 for 3 with a double.

Cas Blevins stuffed a double, two runs and three RBIs into a 2-for-3 day. Hunter Seehorn contributed a two-bagger while A.J. Simerly, Jakob Hare and Briley Townsend each scored twice.

Dru Owens accounted for all but one Hampton hit, going 3 for 3 with a double. He scored the team’s lone run on Gavin Hardin’s RBI single and had two stolen bases.

Unaka 15

Cloudland 2

ROAN MOUNTAIN—Blake King pitched Unaka to victory and belted an inside-the-park home run.

John Ramsey tagged a two-run homer for the Rangers, who got multiple hits from Isaac Hill and John Wesley Hardin.

Elizabethton 9

Sullivan South 1

ELIZABETHTON—Evan Carter struck out eight and gave up six hits and no walks in a complete game for the Cyclones.

Carter also went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, while Ryan Wetzel was 3 for 4 and Logan Estep 2 for 3. Corey Russell had a triple and two RBIs.

Marcus Williams batted 3 for 4 to lead the Rebels.

Unicoi County 15

Sullivan Central 1

BLOUNTVILLE—Caleb Wilson struck out 11 batters in a winning performance for the Blue Devils.

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