Science Hill advances to 1-AAA final; D-B beats Boone in 10 innings

Jeff Birchfield • May 7, 2018 at 11:25 PM

KINGSPORT—The stars were aplenty for Science Hill in its District 1-AAA baseball tournament win over Tennessee High on Monday night at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

Brandon Feathers threw 10 strikeouts, lead-off man Ben Grable reached base four times with four stolen bases and four runs scored, and Chance Hall and Matthew Levi had big days at the plate as the Hilltoppers romped to 12-4 win over the Vikings.

The win earned Science Hill (31-6) a spot in Wednesday's championship game and a berth in the upcoming Region 1-AAA tournament. The Vikings (28-9) will play Dobyns-Bennett (23-13) in Tuesday's losers' bracket final.

Feathers threw a complete game, giving up four runs and six hits. Three of those runs were to the Vikings' Jason Vanhoy, but the Hilltoppers led 9-4 at that point.

"Tennessee High has a tough lineup and Brandon has faced them five times in two years," Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards said. "He battled there and made adjustments. Then, the hitters helped him out obviously. Chance Hall had an unbelievable day at the plate.

"It feels good to know we've got another week of baseball. Our goal now is to win the district tournament."

Hall led the offense by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. It included a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

"I was staying behind the ball and driving it the other way," Hall said. "Once we started staying back instead of getting out front of the ball, we got rolling."

Levi was also 3-for-4, numbers that included a solo homer in the third. He ended with two RBIs and two runs scored.

"I just came up with a good approach at the plate and it worked out well for me," Levi said. "Brandon pitched well and we made plays on offense and defense."

Other offensive leaders included David Bryant, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run, and Cade McCoy 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Zach Copenhaver had a hit, a walk and a run, while Caleb Marmo finished with a single and a sacrifice fly.

Dobyns-Bennett 8, Daniel Boone 7

Isaac Whitehead hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Indians over the Trailblazers (19-12) in the losers' bracket semifinal after Boone had rallied from six runs down in the seventh inning.

Zach Taylor had the game-tying, two-run single for Boone. He ended 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Matt Cox, who was the starting pitcher, had a two-run double in the seventh inning rally. Eric Rigsby, who suffered the loss despite four stout innings, had an RBI single and Brody Goodman, also had two hits.

Up 5-1 entering the seventh, D-B scored two more runs by Brogan Beckner and Cade Maupin before Boone rallied in the bottom of the inning.

Tanner Doran pitched six inning for the Indians, giving up just one run, five hits and striking out eight. After Jackson McDavid struggled, Jeremiah Ball came in to earn the win.

Boone coach Rob Hoover talked about his team’s rally, which came only two days after the ’Blazers rallied from six runs down to force Tennessee High into extra innings.

“What a great team to be able to coach,” Hoover said. “The intangibles that you can’t coach — like the will to win — with this group far surpassed some of the past teams. It’s just a thrill for me to coach.”

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