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Weems, Lady Pioneers shut down Tennessee High

Johnson City Press • Mar 19, 2019 at 10:29 PM

Pitching a two-hitter accompanied by 11 strikeouts, Kara Weems propelled David Crockett to a 3-0 Big Seven Conference softball victory over visiting Tennessee High on Tuesday.

Behind Baily Lamb’s leadoff walk and a Mckenzie Orfield single, the Lady Vikings issued an immediate threat. Tennessee High had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the first inning, but Weems rose to the occasion, striking out back-to-back batters.

The Lady Pioneers collected a modest five hits off Lamb, but got Mackenzie Baldwin’s first-inning RBI single and run-scoring base hits by Weems and Alyssa Suits in the fourth.

Suits was the lone player to finish with multiple hits, going 2 for 3 from her leadoff spot. The Lady Pioneers blanked Tennessee High despite committing five errors.

Daniel Boone 11, Greeneville 1

Megan Ackerman had quite a day for the Lady Trailblazers. In addition to collecting four hits and five RBIs, she recorded seven strikeouts en route to a nifty pitching win.

Ackerman homered and had a double, with Nickolette Ferguson ripping a home run of her own in a game that ended in six innings.

Daniel Boone’s Jaycee Jenkins made productive use of her at-bats, going 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs. Adding two hits apiece to a 16-hit attack were Emma Robinette and Makenna Dance. Both players doubled.

Going 3 for 3 was Greeneville’s Kelci Cantrell. Teammate Hanna Taylor went 2 for 3.

Sullivan Central 8, Johnson County 5

BLOUNTVILLE—Down 5-3 after Johnson County struck for two fifth-inning runs, the Lady Cougars scored five times in the home half of the inning.

After Madison Flannagan banged out a run-scoring single, Katie Horne came through with a two-run base hit to lift Sullivan Central to a 6-5 lead. From there, Sydney Snapp singled home a run.

Horne finished 2 for 3 the aforementioned two RBIs while Flannagan drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 showing.

Although Snapp yielded five runs, just one was earned over her five innings from the pitching circle. She totaled five strikeouts before Jasmine Sheffield tossed two scoreless frames.

Abby Cornett went 2 for 3 and Alexis Hendley had two RBIs for the Lady Longhorns.

University High 6, Hampton 5

Cyndia Dobbins went 3 for 4 with a triple and scored twice for University High, which regrouped after letting a four-run lead escape.

Hampton did all of its scoring in the fourth to take a 5-4 edge. In the bottom of the fifth, however, Dobbins scored on a fielder’s choice and Alaina Abla singled home the deciding run.

Avery Kibelback and Catie Leonard had two RBIs apiece for the Lady Bucs. Kibelback handled the pitching chores, accumulating nine strikeouts.

Cable 2 for 4, Milhorn triple, Grindstaff 2 RBIs, Orr double

Unicoi County 10, Happy Valley 0

ERWIN—Kept off the scoreboard for three innings, the Lady Blue Devils broke loose for seven runs in the fourth. They added three more in the fifth to end it.

Hallie Hawkins reached base in each of her four plate appearances, going 3 for 3 with a walk — she also had two stolen bases — from the leadoff spot. Ashton Vance pounded a two-run homer in a 2-for-3, 2-run outing, with Chloe Powers and Allee Griffith each batting 2 for 4 and driving in three runs.

Griffith amassed five strikeouts over four shutout innings, then Powers pitched the fifth.

Abingdon, Va. 8, Sullivan East 4

BLUFF CITY—Kylee Wolfe and Jillian Shackelford topped the Lady Patriots with three hits apiece.

Wolfe had a double and a pair of runs. Emily Perry batted 2 for 4 for East, which fell into an 8-0 third-inning hole.

North Greene 3, Cloudland 0

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Abby Laws pitched a five-hit shutout for the Lady Huskies. Abby Keys and Jada Antonelli each had two hits to lead the North Greene offense.

Taylor Hicks went 2-for-3 to lead the Lady ’Landers.

BASEBALL

University High 17, Hampton 5

HAMPTON—Zach Rice, Brant Hare and Carter Pollock combined for 11 RBIs and the Buccaneers drew 14 walks from Watauga Valley Conference foe Hampton.

Rice went 2 for 2 with four RBIs, adding three runs and a pair of walks. Hare, who had two runs and two bases on balls, hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the seventh inning. Pollock drove in three runs.

Henry Borthwick and winning pitcher Michael Degennero (3 innings) contributed two RBIs apiece. Borthwick also accounted for two runs, two walks and two stolen bases.

The Bulldogs were topped by Weston Street with a 2-for-3, 2-run output.

Daniel Boone 14, Volunteer 4

Cade Elliott threw a dozen strikeouts and the Trailblazers downed the Falcons for a second straight day.

He also had three hits and three RBIs. Hunter Adams had three hits, Ben Allen had two and Logan Rivers finished with two RBIs.

Aaron Willis had three RBIs to lead Volunteer.

Tennessee High 25, David Crockett 5

The Vikings avenged Monday’s loss with a blowout win over a Pioneers team, which committed 12 errors.

Gavin Cross had three RBIs and four runs scored, while Peyton Fox also had three RBIs.

Winning pitcher Davis Hall helped his cause with two RBIs and five runs scored. Jacob Orr and Banks Presson each drove in two runs.

Cody Wheeley and Nolan Miller each had two RBIs for Crockett.

Johnson County 10, Sullivan Central 0

BLOUNTVILLE—Jayden Joiner pitched a three-hit, five-inning shutout and proved responsible for two of Johnson County’s 14 hits.

Totaling five strikeouts against two walks, Joiner also scored twice and stole three bases. Bradley Lavorsi was 2 for 2 with a double and three steals for the Longhorns. Adding to hits apiece to the victory were Ben Howard (double, triple, 2 RBIs), Reise Stout (double), Stacy Greer (double) and Weston Throop.

Johnson County stole 15 bases.

The Cougars’ Trey Sells, Kaden Grayer and Preston Staubus were each 1 for 2.

Elizabethton 14, FCA Flames 3

ELIZABETHTON—Bryson Rollins tripled, scored twice and drove across two runs in a 3-for-4 effort for the Cyclones, who racked up 11 third-inning runs.

Padraig Murphy added a 2-for-2 (double), 3-RBI performance, also scoring twice. Karson Dillard batted 2 for 4 with a double and three runs.

Elizabethton registered seven extra-base hits (5 doubles, 2 triples) and 11 overall.

Sullivan South 16, Happy Valley 0

MILLIGAN COLLEGE—Drew Creech hurled a five-inning one-hitter for the Rebels, who got three hits and three RBIs from both James Seto and Chase Bowery.

Yielding only a fifth-inning single to Drew Turner (1 for 1), Creech finished with seven strikeouts.

Bowery doubled twice and accounted for four runs. Jeffrey Leonard totaled four RBIs and was joined by Creech, Austin Monds and Cole Layne in producing two hits apiece.

South also one-hit the Warriors on Monday.

Daniel Boone 14, Volunteer 4

Cade Elliott threw a dozen strikeouts and the Trailblazers downed the Falcons for a second straight day.

He also had three hits and three RBIs. Hunter Adams had three hits, Ben Allen supplied two and Logan Rivers finished with two RBIs.

Aaron Wills had three RBIs to top Volunteer.

Tennessee High 25, David Crockett 5

The Vikings avenged Monday’s loss with a blowout win over a Pioneers team, which committed 12 errors.

Gavin Cross had three RBIs and four runs scored, while Peyton Fox also had three RBIs.

Winning pitcher Davis Hall helped his cause with two RBIs and five runs scored. Jacob Orr and Banks Presson each drove in two runs.

Cody Wheeley and Nolan Miller each had two RBIs for Crockett.

Sullivan North 10, Unaka 0

Braydon Wilhoit threw a one-hit shutout and Tyler Depriest had two hits for the Golden Raiders.

Monday

Sullivan North 8, Unaka 5 (8 innings)

ELIZABETHTON—Belting a solo home run and a double, Casey Hartsell was joined by Braydon Wilhoit and Chandler Raleigh in producing two-hit efforts for the Golden Raiders.

Hunter Dingus registered the win in relief of Cole Bear.

Leading Unaka was Reid Taylor at 3 for 4 with two runs. John Ramsey socked two doubles in three at-bats and Bryson Street batted 1 for 1 with a double and three RBIs.

Sullivan East 12, Unicoi County 3

ERWIN—Going 3 for 5 with a home runs and four RBIs, the Patriots’ Brantley Ellis also racked up nine strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings from the mound.

Dylan White, Dylan Bartley and Hunter Mullins each contributed two hits for Sullivan East. White, Bartley and Eli Milhorn (2 runs) recorded two RBIs apiece.

Peyton Whitson batted 3 for 4 for the Blue Devils. Eunice’s Brett Strother clubbed a home run.

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