Science Hill baseball coach Ryan Edwards felt his team took two steps forward in a win over Centennial on Wednesday night. He saw the Hilltoppers take a big step back Thursday night in a 13-3 loss to T.C. Roberson (N.C.) at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
The Hilltoppers (4-4) gave up seven runs in the second inning and five in the fourth before rallying in the fifth to score three runs. They showed some fight threatening to extend the run-rule game to another inning with Matthew Levi on third base when the final out occurred.
“I feel like we did fight and Clay (McKenzie) fought on the mound, coming in down 13-0,” Edwards said. “He threw a lot of strikes and the hitters battled the last inning, but tip our hats to them. We had several walks and hit batters and gave them too many opportunities.”
Science Hill’s pitchers gave up 13 hits, six walks and hit six batters. One scary moment occurred when the Rams’ Luke Wood was hit by a pitch in the cheek and laid on the ground for a few minutes before being getting up. He appeared to be OK after the game.
There was little slowing down the Rams, who had plenty of offense with Cullen Knapp going 3-for-4. Kobe Miles and Will Butcher each accounted for three RBIs.
For a second straight night, Landon Slemp and Connor Hyatt had good nights at the plate for Science Hill. Slemp went 2-for-3, while Hyatt in his second varsity start, had a single, a stolen base, a seven-pitch walk and a run scored.
After Hyatt got on base in the fifth, Cade McCoy singled and Hunter Phillips followed with a RBI single. The other two runs came when McCoy scored on a wild pitch and Levi tripled to drive home Phillips.
Starter Jackson Hill suffered the loss for Science Hill. Quinn Boyle, Garrett Gleason and McKenzie threw in relief.
“We had a couple of guys have a good game, but it’s a team game and altogether we didn’t play well,” Edwards said. “They’re a good team, senior heavy and they took advantage of every mistake we made. Yesterday was the first time we put a full game together and now it’s like we took a couple steps forward and one huge one backwards. That’s baseball, but we’ve got another game tomorrow with Morristown West. We better be ready to compete or we’re going to have our hands full.”