The Bucs won the opener, 25-2. Both games were shortened to five innings.
Hare had 10 strikeouts for UH. Kaden Weir, Briley Townsend, Michael Degennero and Carter Pollock each drove in a run in the Bucs’ six-run fifth inning.
In the opener, Henry Borthwick tripled in each of his first two at-bats, driving in five runs with two swings, and Pollock struck out 10 batters in four innings.
Borthwick finished with three hits and six RBIs, while Greer Barnett went 5 for 5, drove in five runs and scored four times. Cade Pollack went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Esau Byrd scored five runs for UH.
Carter Pollock didn’t allow a hit until the fifth and was pulled right after that. Cloudland helped the Bucs, committing nine errors. UH wound up with 18 hits.
Elizabethton 1, Sullivan East 0
ELIZABETHTON — Matthew Dailey’s line drive single to center field scored Karson Dillard the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cyclones opened the season by winning a pitchers’ duel.
Through the regulation seven innings, only one hit had been registered, a second-inning single by Lawson Wagner.
Elizabethton’s Evan Carter worked five hitless innings and struck out 11 batters before being pulled after throwing 84 pitches. Wagner came on and worked the final four to earn the win.
East starter Brantley Ellis allowed one hit over four innings.
Sullivan Central 4, Happy Valley 3
BLOUNTVILLE — Freshman Logan Bowers tied the game with an infield single in his first varsity at-bat and the go-ahead run scored on an error as the Cougars opened the season with a victory over Happy Valley.
Ross Beverly earned the win in relief for Central after getting the final four outs. Trey Sells worked the first 5 2/3 innings and hit a two-run double.
South Greene 6, Hampton 5
GREENEVILLE — South Greene scored three runs in the seventh inning to hand the Bulldogs a tough loss.
Josh Owens was 2 for 3 with two RBIs for Hampton, which led 5-1. Preston Bailey had three hits for South Greene.
Unicoi County 7, Sullivan South 3
ERWIN — Peyton Whitson struck out six batter to earn the win as the Blue Devils opened by beating South.
Whitson also went 3 for 3, while teammate Kaleb Metcalf was 2 for 2.
Unaka 9, Happy Valley 2
ELIZABETHTON — Lilie Kiser was 2 for 3 and drove in three runs as the Lady Rangers opened the season with a win over Carter County rival Happy Valley.
Sadie Shoun also had two hits for Unaka, while Kadie Havner had two hits for Happy Valley.
Tennessee High 12, University High 1
BRISTOL — Nikki Duncan went 4 for 4 and drove in three runs as the Lady Vikings opened the season with a non-conference win over UH.
Tori Ryan and Jazmin Hurley each had three hits for Tennessee High. Sydney Trosin had the Lady Bucs’ only hit, an RBI single in the sixth inning.
Tennessee High’s Bailey Lamb pitched a one-hitter in the six-inning game.
Sullivan East 6, Abingdon 4
ABINGDON, Va. — Chelsea Sams went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and scored three runs as the Lady Patriots picked up a season-opening victory. Kayden Bawgus was 4 for 4 for East.
Dobyns-Bennett 8, Cherokee 3
ROGERSVILLE — Griffin Mullins drove in three runs for the Lady Indians on opening day.
Morgan Riffle held Cherokee to one earned run.
Sullivan South 7, Sullivan Central 6
KINGSPORT — Macy Ellis’ RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave South a walk-off victory over the Lady Cougars.
Nicole Troutman was 3 for 4 with a home run and drove in two runs for the Lady Rebels.
Courtney Willis had three hits and Sydney Sapp had two for the Cougars. Makenzie Wallen and Laura Dade each had two hits for South.
Each team had 10 hits.
Grainger 9, Elizabethton 7
MORRISTOWN — Elizabethton scored four runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as Grainger picked up the win at Walters State.
Kaylen Shell and Kira Dillard each had two hits for the Cyclones, while Autumn Hensley added a three-run home run.