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Summer baseball league give teammates a chance to bond

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jun 25, 2020 at 9:27 AM

Plenty of sunshine, baseball and a Washington County rivalry. There was plenty to like Wednesday afternoon in the East Tennessee High School Baseball League at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

Jack Torbett, playing for the Home of Daniel Norris team filled with Science Hill students, had a big day at the plate, with a triple, single, walk and three runs scored. While he played a big role in his team’s 16-6 victory over Team Boro, made up of David Crockett players, the league has given him a chance to bond with teammates.

“We’re having a lot of fun and it’s good to see what our team is going to look like in the future,” Torbett said. “This is a little more laid-back than travel ball, but it’s not like you can just go out there and do what you want.”

The Home of Daniel Norris scored like it wanted. Jaxon Diamond crossed the plate in the first inning after Team Boro had taken a 2-0 lead. The Norris team then scored two, three and four runs in the second, third and fourth innings on its way to the win.

Caden Torraca had a walk-off triple in the final inning to score Jack Torbett and AJ Motte to end the game after six innings. Most important for Torbett is the chance to be back on the field after a frustrating spring.

“It’s great to be back out here after sitting in our houses for three months,” he said. “We could get on certain fields to keep our arms in shape and certain ones of us would run. We also had a private indoor facility that some of us were able to use. We had to be smart about it like who could go and when.”

Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards was in close contact with his players. It was especially true with the pitchers, who had specific drills to stay in shape.

“Coach had to make sure we didn’t just sit around and grow a belly,” Jack Torbett said. “He gave throwing programs for everyone to do individually.”

They had been working on their offense as well.

Motte scored four runs, while Nate Conner and Jet Swartz each scored twice. Conner Hyatt was 2 for 4 in the lead-off spot, while there were hits up and down the lineup like Jake Bedard’s two-run single in the sixth inning.

Team Boro had taken the early lead with a two-run triple by Isaac Cook to score Dakota Stout and Garrett Hensley. Garrett Leonard had two runs, including one when the Jonesborough team scored three times in the fifth inning.

Josh McMakin got the start for the Home of Daniel Norris, while Clay McKinzie picked up the win.

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