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D-B flurries late to pull away from Unicoi County

Gene Renfro • May 1, 2018 at 9:55 PM

ERWIN — A pitchers’ duel early turned into a late slugfest Tuesday as Dobyns-Bennett wrapped up the regular season with a 12-5 win at Unicoi County.

“Our pitchers threw well, we did everything the last two days to have everyone ready to go (for the District 1-AAA tournament),” said Dobyns-Bennett head coach Ryan Wagner. “We threw three guys last night and three tonight, so that sets us up good for the weekend. We pitched well and the bats got going late.”

Those bats going late turned a 3-1 lead after five innings into the final margin of 12-5. The sixth inning had a lead-off double from Brogan Beckner start things. He would score on an Aaron Farley single, then Will Gladson delivered an RBI single.

When the top of the lineup came around, Cannon Ferrell provided a two-out RBI single.

The seventh inning saw 11 Indians come to the plate as things began with a walk before back-to-back doubles from Cade Maupin and Everett broke the game open. In all, Dobyns-Bennett posted 11 hits — including two each from Jackson McDavid, Everett and John Deason.

Everett also threw the final three innings for the save after Scanlan tossed the fourth inning to earn the win. Tanner Doran started and went three innings.

The Blue Devils had their own trio with two hits apiece — Owen Nicholson, Hunter Higgins and Caleb Wilson. Nicholson led off the Unicoi County attack and scored twice. He almost had a third hit, but the Indians’ Jaden Alderson made a sliding catch in right field to close out the fourth with the bases full of Unicoi runners.

Higgins hit a double off the the line in left field and had a pop up land in fair territory, then bounce off Gladson for a hit. Higgins’ last at-bat was an adventure as Everett misplayed a pop up near the mound that would have been the third out, but the ball fell to the ground.

Wilson’s two hits were fifth- and sixth-inning doubles to the gaps in right-center and then left-center field.

The Indians enter the postseason at 21-12 and will play Cherokee Friday at 3 p.m. The winner moves into Saturday’s semifinal contest to play top-seed Science Hill. All of the District 1-AAA tournament is scheduled for J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

The Blue Devils have the top spot in the District 1-AA tournament and play Saturday as the bracket has not been finalized yet. Unicoi’s regular season ends at 18-13.

“We have some guys who can get the job done if they keep their head in it and their confidence up,” Unicoi County head coach Chad Gillis said about his team, which was down three starters due to injuries. “Dobyns-Bennett is a good baseball team.”

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