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Science Hill clinches Big 7 regular season title with win at Cherokee

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 10:08 PM

ROGERSVILLE — David Bryant hit a home run for the second day in a row and ended with four RBIs to lead Science Hill to a 9-4 win over Cherokee on Wednesday night.

The Hilltoppers improved to 21-4 overall and 10-0 in the Big Seven Conference to clinch the regular-season title. Cherokee fell to 5-5 and 11-12.

Trailing 1-0 after four innings, all nine of Science Hill’s runs came in the fifth. Chance Hall blasted a solo home runs and Ben Grable, Garrett Stiltner, and Caleb Marmo all had two hits.

Ben Edwards contributed a two-run double as Garrett Wilkins picked up the win and Josh Francisco came in for two innings of relief work.

Nick Collins suffered the loss as the Chiefs rallied for three runs in the sixth inning with a RBI single by Collins, a RBI ground out by Japeth Curtsinger and Ethan Crowder scoring on an error.

Unicoi County 6, Sullivan Central 5

ERWIN — Clay Simpson hit a game-tying home run — his second home run of the contest — in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the Blue Devils pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth on Troy Podvin’s RBI grounder to earn a dramatic win over Sullivan Central.

Unicoi (15-8) improved to 9-1 in league play, one game ahead of Sullivan East and two ahead of Elizabethton.

“I was just thinking don’t do too much, just get a base hit,” said Simpson of his seventh inning at-bat. “(Central’s pitcher) left it high and fat, and I hit it. It was a big pull, right down the (left field) line.”

Simpson was also dominant on the mound, striking out 13 batters before giving way to Podvin in the eighth inning.

“My fastball was struggling, but my curveball was on more today than it has ever been,” said Simpson.

Podvin threw eight pitches and got the win.

Simpson also homered in the fifth inning. Teammate Owen Nicholson had three hits. Brett Strother also homered for the Blue Devils, who will wrap up conference play with a two-game series against Elizabethton on Monday and Tuesday.

Parker Mumpower had three hits for Central. Matt Long and Trey Sells each added two.

Tennessee High 14, Dobyns-Bennett 6

BRISTOL — Jacob Orr went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Peyton Fox was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Vikings over the Indians.

CJ Hess and Banks Presson each scored three runs for Tennessee High, which got a winning effort on the mound from Zach Anderson.

Isaac Whitehead was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Cade Maupin had two RBIs for Dobyns-Bennett. Max Everett suffered the loss.

David Crockett 11, Volunteer 0

CHURCH HILL — Luke Larkins gave up just three hits and three walks to earn a shutout in a game shortened to five innings for a run rule.

The Pioneers scored five runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth to make quick work of the Falcons, who made eight errors. Grady Cash was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored to lead Crockett.

Devin Foster, Tanner Treadway and Larkins all had two hits, while Landon Quillen and Will Long each drove in two runs. Eli Dixon suffered the loss, as Gabe Musick’s single in the first inning provided Volunteer with its best scoring attempt.

David Crockett 11, Volunteer 10

JONESBOROUGH — Devin Foster hit a bloop over the infield and the Pioneers scored two runs in the eighth inning to pull out the dramatic victory over the Falcons on Tuesday night.

Volunteer scored six runs in the sixth, but Crockett responded with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend the game.

Jacob Jenkins and Luke Larkins each drove in runs in the five-run onslaught. Landon Quillen, Will Long, Grady Cash and Jenkins all had two hits for Crockett.

Gabe Musik, Gabe Bass, Alex Wilson and Ethan Sargent each finished with two hits for Volunteer.

Johnson County 11, Happy Valley 4

MOUNTAIN CITY — Shane Greer had a big day at the plate and on the mound as the Longhorns stampeded the Warriors.

Greer was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to aid his pitching efforts which saw him give up only two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Ben Howard finished the game for Johnson County.

Jonathan Arnold was 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored and Petie Pavusek had a RBI despite being walked three times.

Will Hampton led Happy Valley by going 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI. The Warriors had taken an early 2-0 lead on a RBI ground out by Nolan Easlic and a sacrifice fly by Jacob Absher.

Sullivan East 8, FCA Flames 1

BLUFF CITY — Drew Hatcher and Seth Chafin combined to give up just three hits as the Patriots extinguished the Flames.

Tanner Leffew, Elias Arnold and Everett hunt all had RBIs in the fourth inning when East scored four runs.

Softball

David Crockett 9, Volunteer 0

JONESBOROUGH — Lenzie Jenkins went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run to lead the Lady Pioneers over the Lady Falcons. Alyssa Suits also went 2-for-3 with solo home run.

Reagan Miller had a triple and a RBI, while Riley Hope, Kat Pfeifer and Kara Weems all doubled and drove in a run.

Weems had 10 strikeouts in five innings as she and Maddie McKee combined for a four-hit shutout.

Jersey Wines was 2-for-3 and Myrtle Lawson had a double to lead Volunteer. Sydney Allen suffered the loss.

Sullivan Central 12, Sullivan North 8

BLOUNTVILLE — Faith Campbell was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Lady Cougars over the Lady Raiders.

Down by a run in the fourth, Central scored five runs in the final couple of innings for the win. Sydney Rhymer went 3-for-3, while Jasmine Sheffield hit 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Nicole Stidham and Kylie Harrison each drove in two runs, as the Lady Cougars had 13 hits.

Katie Horne was the winning pitcher.

Unaka 11, South Greene 0

ELIZABETHTON — Corie Schuettler threw a three-hit shutout and the Lady Rangers romped against the Lady Rebels.

Madison Pierce, Madison Ensor, Katlyn Weaver, Sarah Tipton and Lily Kiser all had multiple hits as Unaka knocked around 15 hits total.

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