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Area softball teams see plenty of postseason threats

Douglas Fritz • Apr 23, 2018 at 10:16 PM

Here’s the rundown for what area teams might be facing as they try to navigate the softball road to Murfreesboro for the Spring Fling.

Big Seven Conference

First things first, Daniel Boone and David Crockett have to settle the issue for first place in the league. Tuesday’s showdown in Gray should have a big say in how things are decided. Science Hill is also hanging around, and the Lady Hilltoppers should help make the district tournament an interesting event.

Region outlook — Morristown East likely presents a problem for whoever comes out of District 1. The Lady Hurricanes are 25-2, although one of those losses was a 1-0 decision against Daniel Boone.

Jefferson County and Morristown West are also in the mix.

Sectional view — Knox Powell appears to be the biggest challenge for Region 1 advancers. Other top squads include (in order): Knox Farragut, William Blount and Hardin Valley.

Three Rivers Conference

Elizabethton has pretty much wrapped up the league title with its two wins over Unicoi County. The Lady Blue Devils and Sullivan East are battling for a No. 2 finish.

Region outlook — Grainger appears to be at the head of the class from District 2. Greeneville is probably the best bet to join the Lady Grizzlies with Claiborne also in the mix.

Sectional view — It’s all about Corryton Gibbs once again. The perennial state-title-chasing Lady Eagles were in Class AAA for a few years, but have slipped back to torment Class AA teams once again. They are 27-6 on the season with their losses coming against out-of-state teams or Class AAA squads — including a recent 5-0 loss to Knox Powell.

The other main threats include Kingston and Alcoa.

Watauga Valley Conference

There’s Unaka and then there is a big gap. The Lady Rangers are head and shoulders above their league opponents this year.

Region outlook — Cosby and Greenback look like the best bets to reach the region, but neither of them figures to be able to stand strong against Unaka.

Sectional view — Sale Creek (22-4) is certainly among the frontrunners. Tellico Plains owns a recent win over Sale Creek. Coalfield is also in view.

Baseball highlight games

Tuesday

Daniel Boone at Dobyns-Bennett

Unicoi County at Elizabethton

University High at Unaka

Second place in the Big Seven Conference is up for grabs as D-B, Boone and Tennessee High all stood at 6-4 heading into Monday’s games. …

If Unicoi is going to win the Watauga title, it will have to handle the Cyclones. …

UH and Unaka are trying to settle the issue for the Watauga Valley Conference title.

Softball highlight games

Tuesday

David Crockett at Daniel Boone

Unicoi County at Sullivan East

Wednesday

Daniel Boone at Science Hill

Friday through Sunday

Tiny Day tournament at Greeneville

Daniel Boone has to fight through a couple of very difficult rivalry games if it wants to stand at the top of the Big Seven.

Soccer highlight games

Tuesday

Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill

Elizabethton at Greeneville

Sullivan South at Unicoi County

It’s a big challenge for the Hilltoppers as the Indians are ranked No. 2 in the state. …

South and Unicoi are trying to jockey for position to take on Greeneville, which is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AA.

College signings

Science Hill tennis standout Chris Morton has made his college choice. He will sign Friday to play at Covenant College in Georgia. The event will be held in the Science Hill gym at 3 p.m. …

Five Tennessee High athletes made their college choices last week: Rose Rosser (tennis, ETSU), Bodhi Baker (baseball, King University), McKenzie Grady (tennis, Milligan), Jason Ries (football, Taylor University) and Jason Vanhoy (baseball, King University).

Baseball rankings

There was not enough evidence for change as this week’s Baseball Top 10 remains the same as last week:

Team (W-L) — Prv

1. Science Hill (23-6) — 1

2. Dobyns-Bennett (18-11) — 2

3. Tennessee High (21-8) — 3

4. Unicoi County (16-8) — 4

5. Sullivan East (15-7) — 5

6. Elizabethton (16-5) — 6

7. Daniel Boone (15-9) — 7

8. Cherokee (11-13) — 8

9. Sullivan South (9-11) — 9

10. Unaka (16-7) — 10

(tie) University High (13-8) — 10

Softball rankings

Daniel Boone and David Crockett stand at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in this week’s Softball Top 10:

Team (W-L) — Prv

1. Daniel Boone (23-12) — 1

2. David Crockett (20-8) — 3

3. Elizabethton (16-9) — 5

4. Unicoi County (26-6) — 2

5. Science Hill (22-9) — 4

6. Sullivan East (13-12) — 7

7. Dobyns-Bennett (14-11) — 6

8. Unaka (19-8) — 8

9. Cherokee (6-10) — 9

10. Sullivan South (10-16) — 10

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