Crockett stretches win streak to five after 2-18 start

Douglas Fritz • Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 11:37 PM

Resurgent David Crockett is opening a lot of eyes.

The Pioneers won their fourth and fifth straight baseball games, including a walk-off 7-6 win over South Doyle at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport on Friday night in the Tribe Classic.

Crockett began the season with a record of 2-18, but six of those losses were by one run and another was a two-run setback. The Pioneers won three in a row before beating a good Sullivan East team early Friday by a score of 6-3 at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Then the Pioneers capped the doubleheader when Cade Larkins drilled a two-run two-out double to left-center field against South Doyle.

“It was well hit,” said Crockett head coach Nick Lingerfelt. “He squared it up. He’s a sophomore and he’s been in tough situations before and come through. He’s a winner.”

Lingerfelt said his team has simply come together.

“The kids are learning together how to fight,” said Lingerfelt. “We’re finally becoming a family and every day we’re fighting. I finally got them to realize there is some potential here.

“I’m surprised. They could have hung their heads. We were 2-18 and searching for answers. You’ve got high school kids calling each other out when they aren’t putting the team first. They are starting to believe. I’m excited for them.”

South Doyle scored five times in the top of the fourth inning to break a scoreless game. However, Crockett answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Doyle scored a run in the top of the seventh to set the stage for Larkins’ heroics.

James Broyles was 3 for 3 for Crockett while Luke Larkins drove in three runs. Tanner Treadway added two hits. Treadway also earned the win, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing just one unearned run.

David Crockett 6, Sullivan East 3

The Pioneers took down a team that had just five losses on the season coming into the contest.

Crockett scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, including one on Nolan Miller’s RBI single. Jacob Jenkins added a two-run double in the fifth inning to make it 4-1.

Sullivan East (14-6) got RBI hits from Eli Millhorn and Perry Casaday to pull within 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth.

Miller worked five solid innings to earn the win in his first varsity start on the mound. He gave up six hits and just one earned run.

“He battled and threw strikes,” said Lingerfelt. “We didn’t play our best defensive game, but we got hits when we needed them.”

Jacob Renfro finished up for the save. Will Long and Tanner Treadway each had two hits for Crockett.

East got two hits apiece from Casaday, Everett Hunt and Luke Hale, who took the loss on the mound.

Daniel Boone 10, Sullivan South 0

Robbie Storen did a number on the Rebels.

The Trailblazers’ right-hander needed just 64 pitches to earn a shutout in Boone’s 10-0 five-inning win in the Tribe Classic at Mabe Field. Storen didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.

Offensive support came in the form of Cade Elliott, who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Elliott had two doubles.

Matt Cox and Hunter Adams each added two hits while Logan Rivers and Zach Taylor had two RBIs apiece.

Daniel Boone 4, Morristown West 1

The Trailblazers doubled their pleasure with more good pitching.

Eric Rigsby went the first five innings without allowing a run. Ben Allen and Elliott finished up with Elliott recording the save.

Rigsby made it a big all-around effort with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Adams also hit an RBI double, plating Risgby. Boone improved to 14-9 on the season.

Science Hill 11, Morristown East 1

The Hilltoppers scored nine runs over the fourth and fifth innings to end the game on the mercy rule.

Ben Grable led a parade of hitters, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Garrett Stiltner was 2 for 2 with two RBIs while Chance Hall also had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Caleb Marmo also chipped in with two hits.

One the mound, Drew Honeycutt spaced out nine hits and allowed just one run in four innings of work to earn the win.

Christiansburg 6, Science Hill 0

The Hilltoppers met their match in the form of Brady Kirtner, who tossed a two-hitter over six innings while striking out 11 batters.

Kirtner also had a two-run single to cap off six-run fourth inning that produced all of the game’s runs. Reagan Harris added two hits and two RBIs for the Virginia school.

Jackson Hill took the loss for Science Hill, which fell to 23-5 on the season.

Greeneville 9, Sullivan East 3

Braden Spano and Caleb Norris each had two RBIs to pace the Greene Devils. Blayne Ferguson added two hits.

East got three hits from Hudson Standbridge and two RBIs from Everett Hunt.

Dobyns-Bennett 11, South Doyle 1

Brogen Beckner hit a fourth-inning grand slam and Jackson McDavid made it work on the mound.

McDavid struck out six but walked seven in 4 1/3 innings. Aaron Farley also had four RBIs for the Tribe, which improved to 16-11.

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