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Cloudland baseball wins first games of season

Johnson City Press • May 2, 2018 at 10:45 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN — All of a sudden, the Cloudland baseball team is unstoppable.

After getting their first win of the season on Tuesday, the Highlanders defeated Avery County, N.C., 6-5 on Wednesday.

Against the Vikings, Mark Tester recorded 13 strikeouts in a complete game while Collin Morgan had the go-ahead double to score Hayden Shell.

Cloudland went on the road and beat Hancock County 6-2 on Tuesday.

Dillon Johnson pitched 4 2/3 innings with no earned runs and Joshua Stevens finished the deal by throwing four strikeouts and giving up just one earned run over the last 2 1/3 innings.

Tester and Johnson each had two hits in the win, while Brayden Christman had a key hit.

University High 11

Happy Valley 0, 5 inn.

ELIZABETHTON—A.J. Simerly drove in three runs and three pitchers combined to hold Happy Valley to two hits at Cannon-Gouge Park.

Simerly went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs. Brant Hare, who tripled, was joined by Jake Oligny in going 2 for 2 for the Junior Buccaneers. Jakob Hare added a pair of hits in three at-bats while Jack Bembry went 1 for 1, drew a walk and scored twice.

Pitching the first three innings for UH was the winner, Bembry. Essau Byrd and Kaleb Meredith followed with an inning apiece as the trio combined for six strikeouts (two each), issuing no walks.

Eli Fleenor was 1 for 1 for Happy Valley. Teammate Kevin Whitaker batted 1 for 3.

SOFTBALL

Cloudland 3

University High 2

Leah Birchfield tagged an RBI single to score Marlee Hughes for the winning run, giving the Lady ’Landers a regular-season sweep of the Lady Bucs.

Kenzie Birchfield starred in the circle with nine strikeouts and at the plate by going 3 for 3, while Jasmine Birchfield was 2 for 3.

Kensington Dailey suffered the loss despite throwing 15 strikeouts and not giving up any earned runs. She also went 2 for 3 and scored both of University High’s runs. Emily Morgan was 2-for-3 with a RBI.

Unicoi County 9

Sullivan East 4

BLUFF CITY—With Halie Padgett going 3 for 4, the Lady Blue Devils totaled a dozen hits in their Three Rivers conquest of East.

Samantha Chavez turned in a 2-for-3 effort with two runs and pair of walks. Sydney Miller socked two doubles and Tanya Chavez one as they each batted 2 for 4, with Rylee Stiltner ripping a two-run homer.

Miller added two RBIs of her own and scored twice.

Topping an 11-hit Lady Patriots assault was Jana White at 4 for 4 (2 runs). Autumn Gobble doubled in a 2-for-3 output and Amber Turner went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Tuesday

Elizabethton 15

Happy Valley 4, 8 inn.

ELIZABETHTON—Polishing off a perfect run through their 12-game Three Rivers Conference schedule, the visiting Lady Cyclones survived an upset bid by Happy Valley.

The game was tied at 4 heading into the eighth, then EHS erupted for 11 runs — totaling 10 of their 19 hits in the process. Maci West finished the scoring with a two-run home run, her fifth hit of the contest.

Lauren Brickey doubled, scored twice and amassed five RBIs in a 3-for-6 performance for the Lady Cyclones. Moreover, she pitched six innings of one-run relief to pocket the victory.

Bailey Creasey batted 3 for 5 and prolonged the contest by driving in a run in the seventh. Adding two hits apiece were Kaylin Shell (double), Kira Dillard and Macie Herrmann, who homered, scored three times and had two RBIs.

’Betsy’s Maggie Johnson knocked in a pair of runs.

The Lady Warriors’ Kadie Havner swatted a third-inning homer. Olivia Absher batted 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Dobyns-Bennett 10

Volunteer 1

CHURCH HILL—Morgan Rifle pitched a three-hitter and Peyton Domby unloaded for a grand slam to help the Lady Indians break a nine-game losing streak.

McCoy Hensley went 3 for 4 with two RBIs while Riffle contributed a pair of hits, including a double. D-B’s Alison Reece opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first inning.

Alli Chandler homered for the Lady Falcons.

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