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Indians respond in a big way against Boone

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Apr 25, 2018 at 10:31 PM

KINGSPORT — After losing a heartbreaker earlier in the week, the Dobyns-Bennett baseball team responded in a big way against Daniel Boone on Wednesday night.

Two nights after the Indians lost to the Trailblazers in eight innings, they won 16-10 at J. Fred Johnson Stadium, scoring the multitude of runs off 12 hits and eight walks.

Dobyns-Bennett jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. When Boone came back with a six-run fourth inning to go ahead 8-5, the Indians answered with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth.

"We were up 5-0 and felt good," D-B coach Ryan Wagner said. "We didn't make a play or two, walked a few and they got some hits. Then, they walked a few, we hung in there, got some big hits and kept scratching. We needed to get as many runs as we could in a game like this."

The Indians improved to 19-12 overall and 7-5 in the Big Seven Conference. Boone fell to 16-10 and 7-5.

Cannon Ferrell led Dobyns-Bennett's hit parade, going 4 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs. Jaden Alderson, batting right behind Ferrell, was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, while Cade Maupin and Isaac Whitehead, who had a solo home run, each had two RBIs.

Five of the Indians' runs came off bases-loaded walks, which disturbed Boone coach Rob Hoover.

"We hadn't walked anybody and we walked eight tonight," Hoover said. "That's the most disappointing thing. We take a huge punch early, get down and we've got enough in us to come back and get the 8-5 lead. We just didn't execute pitches and you can only give up so much against a team like that."

Dobyns-Bennett had its own struggles on the mound with Jackson McDavid giving up six runs over 3 2/3 innings. Max Everett pitched the next 1 1/3 innings and got the win before Jeremiah Ball threw the final two innings.

Matt Cox was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the 'Blazers. Hunter Adams, who was the starting pitcher, and Logan Rivers each had two RBIs, while Brody Goodman was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Easton Harrell, in the nine-hole, also scored two runs.

Adams went three innings and gave up seven runs before Cade Elliott suffered the loss. Eric Rigsby threw the final 2 2/3 innings.

John Deason, Aaron Farley, Whitehead and runner Dalton Harkleroad all scored two runs for Dobyns-Bennett, although Wagner said one of the biggest roles came from someone who didn't run, bat or pitch.

"I'm proud that it wasn't one individual, it was a team effort," Wagner said. "Will Gladson (the catcher) is in the most important position on the team. Yet, he's not hit the last few games and keeps a good attitude. I'm proud of him and proud of them as a team."

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