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High school roundup: Warriors score 10-6 win over Unaka

Johnson City Press • Apr 28, 2018 at 10:32 PM

ELIZABETHTON—Jacob Absher had two hits, Bailey Conley and Luke Naylor drove in two runs apiece and Happy Valley knocked off Unaka 10-6 on Saturday at Cannon-Gouge Park.

Conley also drew a pair of walks as he and Naylor each batted 1 for 2. Eli Fleenor went 1 for 2 with two runs while Landon Morefield doubled and scored twice.

Pitchers Kevin Whitaker (2 innings), Nolan Easlic (3) and Eli Ayers (2) combined to hold the Rangers to two earned runs. Easlic, who registered five strikeouts, was awarded the victory.

The Warriors trailed 4-3 before erupting for seven fifth-inning runs.

Unaka’s starting pitcher, John Ramsey, struck out five batters over three hitless innings (1 run) before giving way to the bullpen.

Offensively, Ramsey pounded out two doubles in three at-bats and scored twice. Hunter Rice, 2 for 3, and John-Wesley Hardin, 2 for 4, also had multi-hit performances.

On a different note, Happy Valley collected $1,571 in donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As part of that effort, head coach Brad Hill and assistant coach Todd Caldwell their heads shaved prior to the game. Already bald-headed, assistant coach Jordan Taylor shaved off his beard.

Unicoi County 7

David Crockett 6

ERWIN—Unicoi County answered David Crockett’s rally with one of its own to eek out a 7-6 victory in a non-conference affair from Saturday afternoon.

Down 5-1, the Pioneers scored a sixth-inning run before crossing the plate four times in the top of the seventh to grab a one-run edge.

The Blue Devils, however, retaliated in the lower half of the final frame, winning on a Hunter Higgins RBI single with two outs. Garrett Manuel, who had hit his way aboard, scored from third.

Caleb Wilson (2 doubles), Brett Strother and Troy Podvin each batted 3 for 4 for the Blue Devils. Owen Nicholson (2 runs) and Peyton Whitson added two hits apiece, with Nicholson swatting a solo home run.

The Pioneers’ Devin Foster homered, scored twice and drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 outing. Will Long was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs while James Broyles (double) and Jacob Jenkins banged out two hits apiece.

Podvin tallied eight strikeouts in a no-decision from the mound. Whitson got the win.

Daniel Boone 3

Sullivan East 2, 8 inn.

GRAY—Eric Rigsby was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, then scored after consecutive walks to Hunter Adams, James Richardson and Brody Goodman.

Richardson turned in a 2-for-3 showing, Cade Elliott batted 2 for 4 and Goodman coupled two walks with a pair of RBIs in the Trailblazers’ win.

Matt Cox proved effective over five innings, yielding one run on three hits. Winner Ben Allen worked the final three frames, giving up two hits and an unearned run.

The Patriots’ Dylan White suffered the loss, despite allowing only two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. Elias Arnold topped Sullivan East offensively, going 2 for 3 with a double.

Science Hill 9

T.C. Roberson 7

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Brandon Feathers hurled 5 1/3 effective innings for the Hilltoppers, who built a 6-0 lead before withstanding a late TCR surge.

Surrendering three hits and one unearned run, Feathers piled up nine strikeouts as he garnered the victory.

Having a 2-for-3 game for the Hilltoppers was leadoff man Ben Grable. He added two runs, a pair of RBIs and three stolen bases.

Batting No. 2 in Science Hill’s order, Garrett Stiltner went 2 for 4. David Bryant was good for two RBIs, Cade McCoy two runs and Caleb Marmo a double.

The two teams combined for seven seventh-inning runs. Grable delivered a two-run single as the ’Toppers scored three times in the top of the frame. TCR countered with four runs, including Drew Elliot’s three-run homer.

Elizabethton 7

Tri-Cities Flames 4

ELIZABETHTON—Evan Perkins produced three RBIs, Ryan Wetzel went 2 for 4 and the Cyclones got the job done at home.

Each batting 1 for 2, Corey Russell collected three runs, Evan Carter had two RBIs and Logan Estep doubled for Elizabethton.

Matthew Dailey, Colten Miller and Lawson Wagner teamed to hold the Flames to four hits.

SOFTBALL

Tiny Day Classic

David Crockett 11

Greeneville 0, 4 inn.

GREENEVILLE—Stifling Greeneville’s bats, Crockett pitcher Kara Weems did her part on offense as well with a 2-for-3, 2-RBI performance.

Weems held the Lady Greene Devils to two hits and recorded a half-dozen strikeouts.

Sydney Fox went 3 for 3, doubled and scored three times for the Lady Pioneers, who capped their scoring with a seven-run fourth inning. Riley Hope batted 2 for 3 in a game where she, Kat Pfeifer (double, 2 runs) and Mackenzie Baldwin each drove in a pair of runs. Regan Miller batted 1 for 2, scored twice and drew two walks.

Courtney Williams and Lexi Sykes accounted for Greeneville’s hits.

David Crockett 7

Claiborne 1, 5 inn.

GREENEVILLE—Maddie Roy drove in three runs, Sydney Fox homered and the Lady Pioneers took measure of Claiborne.

Fox contributed two runs and two RBIs as she, Roy, Mackenzie Baldwin (double, 2 runs) and Kara Weems (double) all crafted 2-for-3 efforts.

Working all five innings, Crockett’s Maddie McKee did a commendable job from the pitching circle. She amassed seven strikeouts.

Claiborne’s Isabelle Widner went 2 for 2.

Sullivan East 9

South Greene 3

GREENEVILLE—Kylie Wolfe twirled a six-inning no-hitter and had a big game at the plate, guiding Sullivan East past South Greene.

Two of the runs scored against Wolfe were unearned. On the offensive side of the equation, she was 3 for 4 with a triple, three runs and three RBIs.

Samantha Smith (3 for 3, 2 RBIs) and Cayden Bawgus (3 for 4) added three hits apiece for the Lady Patriots, with Chelsea Sams (double, 2 runs) and Autumn Gobble both going 2 for 4.

Greeneville 6

Sullivan East 5, 5 inn.

GREENEVILLE—Leading the Lady Greene Devils with a 3-for-3, 2-run performance, Katie Cronin supplied an RBI single to end the contest in the bottom of the fifth.

Going 2 for 3 and scoring twice, Lilly Million connected for a two-run home run. Maddie Kilday socked a two-run double while Hanna Taylor had a run-scoring two-bagger a 1-for-2 effort.

For the Lady Pats, Wolfe totaled four RBIs — she clubbed a three-run homer in the first — in putting together a 2-for-3 showing. Chelsea Sams batted 2 for 2 with a pair of runs.

East was unable to protect a 4-0 third-inning advantage.

Other games

Elizabethon 10

Sullivan South 2

KINGSPORT—Maci West had quite a day for the Lady Cyclones, going 4 for 5 with a solo homer, two runs and four RBIs.

Haley Fair followed at 3 for 4, scoring twice. Bailey Creasy and Kellie Cunningham each batted 2 for 3 for EHS, which received a two-run double from Kira Dillard.

Lauren Brickey put together six strong innings from the pitching circle, holding the Lady Rebels to an unearned run. She struck out six batters, walking none.

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