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Sullivan East slips past Lady Pioneers in Hodge Classic

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 21, 2018 at 7:29 PM

ELIZABETHTON—Back-to-back errors prolonged the bottom of the fifth inning, enabling Sullivan East to push across three runs and upend David Crockett 7-6 on Friday in the Wayne Hodge State Farm Classic.

Katelyn Loudy’s RBI double down the left-field line ended the contest. Crockett had scored twice in the top of the inning to go up 6-4.

The Lady Pats were led by Amber Turner at 2 for 2 and three RBIs. Loudy was 2 for 4 while Kylee Wolfe finished up 1 for 1 with three runs and two walks.

East pitcher Jillian Shackleford went the whole way, yielding three earned runs and overcoming six walks.

Crockett’s Mackenzie Baldwin (4-0) batted 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Sydney Fox clubbed a two-run homer and Kat Pfeifer doubled and scored twice.

Sullivan South 8

David Crockett 7, 5 inn.

ELIZABETHTON—The Lady Pioneers made a last-inning charge that produced four runs and put runners on second and third.

However, one batter after Riley Hope’s RBI double and a throw to the infield produced two Crockett runs, a 6-3 groundout extinguished the threat and ended the contest.

After Brynna Teal wiped out a 3-0 DC lead with a third-inning grand slam, South scored four more times in the fourth.

Teal piled up six RBIs as she put together a 2-for-3, 2-run outing. Laura Dade went 2 for 2 with a double.

For the Lady Pioneers, Maddie McKee batted 2 for 2, Mackenzie Baldwin went 2 for 3 and both played scored twice. Sydney Fox and Reagan Miller contributed doubles.

Happy Valley 6

Sullivan Central 5, 5 inn.

ELIZABETHTON—Allie Grindstaff’s two-out, two-run double capped a five-run rally in the top of the fifth inning, sending the Lady Warriors to past the Cougars.

Earlier in the inning, Olivia Absher punched out an RBI single. Three batters later, Macy Puckett delivered a base hit to bring across two runs.

With Grindstaff totaling three RBIs, Mikaela Hughes (2 runs), Kaitlyn Roberts, Puckett and Claire Johnson collected two hits apiece for Happy Valley.

The Lady Cougars got home runs from Madison Horne and Courtney Willis.

North Greene 8

Sullivan Central 5, 5 inn.

ELIZABETHTON—Jada Antonelli had two hits in three at-bats and Jacinth Crawford contributed a pair of RBIs in North Greene’s triumph.

Abi Painter doubled, had three runs and collected a trio of walks.

The Lady Cougars’ Jasmine Sheffield (triple, 2 runs) and Courtney Willis (double, 2 runs) and Sydney Snapp (2 RBIs) each batted 2 for 3.

Other games

Science Hill 14

Tennessee High 3, 5 inn.

Sejal Neas highlighted Science Hill’s 10-run third inning with a grand slam, plus she pitched three scoreless innings to nab the decision.

Neas and Allison Taylor both harvested four RBIs in 2-for-3 performances. Taylor doubled and scored on two occasions.

Gia Hickman was 2 for 2 while Mia Edwardson had a double, two walks and three RBIs for the Lady Hilltoppers.

For the Lady Vikings, Elizabeth Ray went 2 for 2 and Kassidy Newton 2 for 3.

Knox Powell 3

Daniel Boone 0

CORRYTON—Outhit 8-6, the Lady Traiblazers were unable to break through against Powell (26-2) in the Knox Gibbs Invitational.

Megan Ackerman had two hits, including a double, for Daniel Boone. Jaycie Jenkins connected for a double of her own.

Daniel Boone 9

William Blount 4

CORRYTON—Megan Ackerman homered, doubled, had three RBIs and handled the pitching duties for Daniel Boone.

Like Ackerman, Jaycie Jenkins coupled two hits with three RBIs. Makenna Dietz (double) and Nickolette Ferguson (RBI) each contributed two hits to the victory.

BASEBALL

Happy Valley 7

Johnson County 1

ELIZABETHTON—Pitchers Kevin Whitaker and Travis Whitson took care of business for Happy Valley.

Whitaker looked good over five innings as he plucked away the win. He yielded an unearned run before Whitson struck out five batters over the final two frames.

Nolan Easlic went 3 for 3 with two doubles and three runs for the Warriors. Jacob Absher and Landon Morefield contributed two RBIs apiece while Bailey Conley pounded out a two-bagger.

The Longhorns’ Johnny Arnold and Bud Icenhour recorded two hits each.

Hampton 13

FCA Flames 10

HAMPTON—Pitcher Dalton Rouse registered an unconventional six-inning win and teammate Dru Owens batted 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs.

Rouse (9 Ks) was pulled with the Bulldogs in command (11-3 lead). Two relief pitchers later, though, the Flames had pulled within a run — forcing Hampton coach Nick Perkins to plant his starter back on the hill.

Brett Deaton, who had two hits in four at-bats, enabled the ’Dogs to breathe a little easier when he delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth.

Hunter Davenport had a 2-for-2 day for Hampton.

The Flames’ Tim Bernot and Jesiah Carnier each went 2 for 4. Bernot doubled and drove in four runs.

Elizabethton 15

Volunteer 1, 5 inn.

ELIZABETHTON—With Evan Carter, Ryan Wetzel and Logan Estep generating considerable firepower, the Cyclones mustered a landslide win over the Falcons.

Whipping up a 3-for-3 outing, Carter clubbed a two-run homer and scored three times. While Estep went 2 for 2 and doubled home two runs, Wetzel was 2 for 3 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs.

Corey Russell tagged a two-run inside-the-park home run and Jacob Mullins a two-run triple. For the second consecutive day, Elizabethton victimized Volunteer with five extra-base hits.

Winner Colten Miller gave up an unearned run and just two hits over four innings.

Thursday

Elizabethton 13

Volunteer 2, 5 inn.

CHURCH HILL—Evan Carter doubled, scored twice and drove in three runs in a 3-for-4 showing for the Cyclones, who trailed 2-1 before scoring eight times in the fourth inning.

Logan Estep followed Carter with a 2-for-3 effort that included a double, two runs and a pair of RBIs. Going 2 for 4, Corey Russell tripled and drove in two runs.

Nick Johnson was 1 for 2 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Matthew Dailey doubled as EHS totaled five extra-base hits.

Russell handled the pitching chores for the Cyclones, holding the Falcons to three hits. One of the runs scored against him was unearned.

Volunteer’s Heath Douthat batted 1 for 1, scored and knocked in a run.

Unaka 13

Happy Valley 2, 6 inn.

ELIZABETHTON—John “Boy” Ramsey hurled a three-hitter and Davy Ensor fueled the Rangers’ offensive assault by going 4 for 5 with two RBIs.

John-Wesley Hardin was 2 for 2 with a double, two runs and three RBIs. Additional standouts for Unaka were Isaac Hill (2 for 3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Dakota Gallimore (2 for 3, 3 runs) and Daniel Ensor (2 for 4, 2 RBIs).

Ramsey recorded 11 strikeouts.

Tennessee High 12

Sullivan East 2

BRISTOL—C.J. Hess turned in a 3-for-3, 2-RBI effort in Tennessee High’s decisive non-conference victory.

Banks Presson (1 for 1) and Tanner Booker (1 for 2) each added two RBIs while Peyton Fox went 1 for 1 with two runs and a pair of walks.

The Patriots’ Eli Milhorn finished 1 for 1.

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