CHURCH HILL -- In what has become an annual tradition, Daniel Boone pushed one of the top teams to the limit at the District 1-AAA baseball tournament.
This time, it was Dobyns-Bennett who had to rally to take a 4-2 victory over the Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon in a winners’ bracket game.
In losers’ bracket games, David Crockett defeated host Volunteer 11-5 and Sullivan South clobbered Sullivan Central 19-3.
Boone (18-14) scored runs in each of the first two innings, but was not able to get anything else going against the Indians’ pitching duo of Kyle Reeves and Chris Cook.
Reeves (7-1) gave up just two hits -- a solo home run to Zach Peters in the first inning and and RBI double to Trey Combest in the second inning. Cook came in relief in the fifth inning and promptly threw 22 pitches, 16 of them for strikes.
“Kyle didn’t have his best stuff today,” Dobyns-Bennett head coach Ryan Wagner said after his team improved to 28-4. “But, he battled and gave up only two runs against a great hitting ballclub. Our defense was solid and what can you say about Chris Cook? He decided he was going to pitch when he came in the ballgame.”
Still, it was Daniel Boone which led into the fourth inning behind the efforts of starting pitcher Dan Wagner.
In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Indians carved out four hits including a two-run home run over center field by Logan Gentry.
Austin Dayton, who had a sacrifice fly in the fourth, added an insurance run with a solo shot over right field in the sixth. The Indians had eight hits overall against Wagner and Boone reliever Jake Littleton. Cook led the way with a 2-for-3 effort and his younger brother Caleb Cook finished 2-for-2.
It was hard for the ‘Blazers to hide the disappointment of coming so close again and not coming away with the win.
“We had scoring opportunities, but their pitchers did a great job,” Boone head coach Rob Hoover said. “Sometimes, you just get beat. Their hitters found a couple of pitches they did a good job with. We were just a couple of big hits short.
“There really is a fine line. We play with confidence and have a lot of energy, but at the end of the day you have to execute, step up and get timely hits.”
David Crockett 11, Volunteer 5
The Pioneers (12-19) scored six runs in the second inning and four in the fifth inning to eliminate the host Falcons (10-18) from the tournament.
John Long led off with a home run in the top of the first for Crockett. The Pioneers then combined three hits with three Volunteer errors to pull ahead 7-1 in that second inning.
“One thing I was pleased with is how we took advantage of what they gave us,” Crockett head coach Scott Hagy said. “Last night, Boone took advantage of the things we gave them. It was our turn tonight.”
Matt Scalf went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Luke Hopson finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored to lead David Crockett at the plate. Heath Ricker gave up nine hits and five runs (only two earned) in a complete-game effort on the mound.
Third baseman Zach Shell ended with three runs scored, and had an equally big day in the field, stopping some hard-hit balls to end with six assists.
“He had a good night tonight,” Hagy said. “He caught everything coming at him and played a really good game defensively.”
Logan Price went 2-for-3 and Marshall Overbay was 2-for-4 to lead Volunteer.
The Pioneers are scheduled to face Tennessee High in a losers’ bracket game today at 2:30 p.m.
Sullivan South 19, Sullivan Central 3
Jamin McCann drove in five runs, including a three-run home run in the second inning, and Charlie Moore went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Rebels (20-13) over the Cougars, who finished 4-20.
One night after stranding 13 runners on base against Tennessee High, the Rebels pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of scoring opportunities against Central, which scored all three runs in the top of the first.
“We bounced back after they got that three-run spot in the top,” South head coach Anthony Richardson said. “I wasn’t sure how we were going to respond, but we responded pretty well. If we play like we’re capable of playing, we can beat anybody.”
South is scheduled to face Daniel Boone today at 5 p.m. in the second losers’ bracket elimination game.