Lady Pioneers edge Hilltoppers in key Big Seven game

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 11:01 PM

Defense made a difference in Thursday’s Big Seven Conference softball showdown in Jonesborough.

While David Crockett played a blunder-free game in the field, Science Hill paid for three fifth-inning errors as the Lady Pioneers walked away with a 5-4 victory.

The win keeps Crockett (17-6, 7-1 Big Seven) tied with Daniel Boone atop the league standings, with the Lady Hilltoppers (21-9, 6-3) falling to two games off the pace.

Although Science Hill pitcher Sejal Neas was touched for 11 hits, the three runs she surrendered in the fifth were unearned. Neas had four strikeouts against no walks.

Sydney Fox went 3-for-4 for the Lady Pioneers, who got a 2-for-3, 2-run performance from Mackenzie Baldwin. Both players doubled.

Maddie Roy batted 2-for-3 and Lenzie Jenkins 2-for-4 in the winning effort. Winning hurler Kara Weems surrendered eight hits, registered four strikeouts and issued one walk.

Neas, who went 3-for 3-with two RBIs, and teammate Mia Edwardson homered. Edwardson (2 for 3, 2 RBIs) went deep with a runner aboard and two outs in the top of the seventh — pulling the ’Toppers within a run.

From there, Weems induced a pop-out to second baseman Jenkins.

Daniel Boone 9

Volunteer 6

CHURCH HILL — Behind Megan Ackerman’s 3-for-4 showing that included a two-run homer, the Lady Trailblazers withstood a game effort from Volunteer.

Boone harvested 10 hits overall, with McKenna Dietz going 3-for-4 and Nickolette Ferguson twice hitting her way aboard. Ackerman went deep in the third, and Ashley Starnes hammered a sixth-inning solo homer.

Ferguson recorded the first nine Volunteer outs before Ackerman handled the remaining innings from the pitching circle.

Elizabethton 10

Sullivan East 3

BLUFF CITY — Lauren Brickey belted a home run to go with a solid pitching performance, and Macie Herrmann totaled three RBIs in a one-sided victory for the Lady Cyclones.

Yielding seven hits, Brickey registered five strikeouts against no walks. Moreover, she put EHS ahead with a two-run, first-inning homer and joined Herrmann, Hannah Edwards and Maci West in producing two hits apiece.

Herrmann recorded a sacrifice in a 2-for-3 day and Edwards banged out a pair of doubles.

For an error-prone East squad, Autumn Gobble went 2-for-3, doubled and had two RBIs. Katelyn Loudy followed at 2-for-4.

North Greene 9

University High 5

BAILEYTON — Though Emily Morgan crafted an outstanding offensive performance, the Lady Jr. Bucs didn’t have enough to derail Watauga Valley foe North Greene.

Morgan went 4-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run. Going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, pitcher Kensington Dailey also chalked up seven strikeouts for UH.

The Bucs’ Liz Burns contributed a hit and two RBIs.

Tennessee High 2

Dobyns-Bennett 1

KINGSPORT — The Lady Indians were held to two hits, spoiling a strong outing from pitcher Morgan Riffle.

Both runs charged to Riffle came in the sixth inning, and one was unearned. She held the Lady Vikings to six hits, struck out seven batters and dealt no free passes.

McCoy Hensley singled home Griffin Mullins for a 1-0 D-B lead in the third. Baylee Way had the other Indians hit.


Tribe Classic

David Crockett 6

Greeneville 1

Suddenly hot David Crockett got seven exceptional innings from pitcher Luke Adams and upended Greeneville at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

Wrangling the Greene Devils’ offense on 108 pitches, Adams scattered seven hits, produced seven strikeouts and had just one walk as the Pioneers won their third consecutive contest.

Landon Quillen was 2-for-3 and scored twice for Crockett. Jacob Jenkins went 2-for-4 as he and James Broyles each contributed two RBIs.

Up 2-1, the Pioneers created some separation with a four-run fifth. Jenkins delivered a run-scoring single before a pair of Greeneville errors pushed across the final three tallies.

Aaron Finchum led the Devils by going 2-for-3.

Abingdon 6

Daniel Boone 5

Daniel Boone came up a little short after its bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Trailblazers had been blanked before they were able to summon a strong, last-ditch effort. Cade Elliott drew a bases-loaded walk before Eric Rigsby delivered a two-run single with one away.

Following a groundout, Logan Rivers socked a two-run double to slash Abingdon’s once-comfortable advantage to one run. However, Falcons reliever Luke Francisco struck out the next batter to end the drama.

Rivers accounted for half of Boone’s six-hit output, going 3-for-4.

Abingdon was paced by Colin Matney at 3-for-4 with a pair of runs. Winning pitcher Tanner Barrs (6 1/3 IP, 2 runs, 4 hits, 8 Ks) finished 2-for-4 from his leadoff spot.

Morristown West 11

Dobyns-Bennett 5

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett was in pretty good shape until the Trojans cut loose for 11 runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Randal Morgan, Laye Atkins and Spencer Mills each supplied two hits for West, which trailed 4-0 heading into the fifth.

Andrew Carpenter got the Trojans going with a 2-run homer. He and Spencer Mills both contributed two runs and a pair of RBIs.

The Indians were held to five hits, with Aaron Farley going 2-for-3 (double). Pitcher Brogen Beckner made a strong start, allowing West only one hit and racking up seven K

Other games

Unaka 12

Happy Valley 2, 6 inn.

ELIZABETHTON — John “Boy” Ramsey hurled a three-hitter, stroked two hits and scored three runs to lead Unaka to victory on its home field.

Ramsey piled up 11 strikeouts over six innings, walking just one batter. One of his hits was good for a double.

John Wesley Hardin collected two hits as well for the Rangers. Happy Valley’s Luke Naylor doubled and drove in two runs in a 2-for-2 showing.

Johnson County 14

Hampton 4, 6 inn.

MOUNTAIN CITY — With Shane Greer going 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, Johnson County turned back Hampton in a non-league contest.

Josh Tierney also batted 3-for-4 and accounted for two of the Longhorns’ eight stolen bases. Bud Icenhour added a 2-for-4, 3-run performance, Reise Stout knocked in a pair of runs and Johnny Arnold coupled three walks with four runs.

From the mound, Jayden Joiner racked up eight strikeouts over six innings. Two of the runs he yielded were unearned.

Six Hampton players had one hit apiece, with Hunter Davenport and Caleb Oaks each going 1-for-2. Gavin Hardin collected two RBIs and Dru Owens a pair of runs for the Bulldogs, who led 4-2 after two and a half innings.

Providence Academy 8-4

Sullivan North 3-14

KINGSPORT — John Trent threw a complete game as the Knights prevailed 8-3 on the front end of a twin-bill.

Providence’s Connor Porch, Hunter Reid and Caleb Zepeda connected for two hits apiece. Ditto for the Golden Raiders’ Peyton Robinson and Tyler Moore.

Sullivan North had the better of things (14-4) in Game 2. Brayden Wilhoit, Zach Scott and Robinson each tallied two hits while Tyler Moore’s three innings on the hill earned him the victory.

Cameron Patterson topped the Knights with three hits.


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