Daniel Boone beats Cherokee on final at-bat

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 26, 2019 at 10:37 PM

Colby Backus walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and ended the game on Anthony Edwards’ one-out single as Daniel Boone edged Cherokee for a 2-1 Big Seven Conference baseball win on Tuesday.

Hunter Adams followed up Backus’ walk with a base on balls, then Ben Allen laid down a sacrifice to move the two runners into scoring position. From there came a Logan Rivers walk to load the bases, setting up an Edwards’ base hit to center field.

There was no scoring in the game till the sixth, when Brody Goodman’s misplayed grounder enabled Derek Percell to put the Trailblazers up 1-0.

The Chiefs answered in the top of the seventh, with a Jesse Forgety double bringing home Nick Collins.

Cade Elliott threw a three-hit gem for Boone, racking up 12 strikeouts against one walk.

Forgety also went the whole way from the slab, yielding four hits. Despite walking six and hitting a batter, he surrendered only one earned run.

Rivers, who drew a pair of walks, and Cherokee’s Carter Morelock both batted 1 for 2.

Sullivan East 19, Johnson County 0

MOUNTAIN CITY—Perry Casaday gave his Patriots near-maximum productivity, finishing 4 for 5 with four runs and a half-dozen RBIs.

Casaday doubled twice. Dylan White had a triple in a 2-for-2 output that included three runs and three RBIs. Also for East, it was Dylan Bartley (2 hits, 2 RBIs), Eli Milhorn (3 runs, 3 walks, 2 RBIs), Hunter Mullins (3 runs, 3 walks), Brantley Ellis (double, 2 RBIs) and Tanner Lefew (2 RBIs) turning in noteworthy offensive figures.

Ellis hurled a five-inning shutout, totaling five strikeouts.

The Longhorns’ Jayden Joiner and Asa Lewis each finished 1 for 1. Joiner drew two walks.

Elizabethton 12, Happy Valley 0

ELIZABETHTON — Matthew Dailey pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 12 batters over five innings in the Cyclones’ romp over the Warriors.

Nico Ashley, Karson Dillard and Lawson Wagner each had two hits and two RBIs for Elizabethton, which amassed 13 hits.

Evan Carter had two hits and two runs. Dailey aided his cause with two hits, while Jacob Mullins scored two runs.

Bryce Carter and Dylan McKeehan accounted for Happy Valley’s two hits.

Sullivan North 8, Hampton 2

KINGSPORT—Golden Raiders starter Braydon Wilhoit struck out 11 batters over six innings, plus he batted 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Corey Hartsell doubled and drove in a run in a 2-for-4 showing of his own for North, which pulled away with a five-run fifth.

Hampton freshman Morgan Lyons made his second career start from the mound, allowing four earned runs on six hits. He registered five strikeouts, doling out no walks.

Dalton Rouse and Josh Owens were each 2 for 3 for the Bulldogs. Rouse knocked in a run.

Hanahan, S.C. 13, Dobyns-Bennett 3

The Indians got caught in a first-inning avalanche that resulted in a 9-0 Hanahan lead.

A Jonathan Barham grand slam highlighted the early onslaught. Charlie Mac Toman went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three runs for the winners, who received a 2-for-4 effort from Barham.

Aaron Farley doubled and Jake Timbes and Noah Hale each knocked in a run for the Indians. Grayson England performed well by holding Hanahan to an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings of middle relief, picking up four strikeouts in the process.

Sullivan South 20, Sullivan Central 2

KINGSPORT — The Rebels belted five home runs in the blowout win over the Cougars.

Drew Creech, who pitched a complete game, and Chase Bowery each had two home runs. Jeffrey Leonard also had a home run.

Oak Forest 4, University High 3

SPANISH FORT, Ala.—Seizing a 3-0 first inning lead, the Buccaneers couldn’t get anything done from there and ultimately fell short versus Oak Forest.

Esau Byrd and Henry Borthwick each delivered an RBI single for UH, which totaled nine hits to Oak Forest’s five. The Bucs’ Zach Rice went 2 for 3 and Michael Degenarro 2 for 4.

Oak Forest pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the fifth.


University High 4, Hayworth, Ill. 1

DAPHNE, Ala.—Cade Pollock and Michael Degenarro teamed for a one-hitter and 13 strikeouts, leading the Buccaneers to victory.

Pollock tallied five strikeouts over three hitless innings before Degenarro worked the final four frames, accumulating eight Ks.

Kaleb Meredith had a 2-for-2 game that included a double. Degenarro also did damage at the dish, going 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs.

Moody 8, University High 5

DAPHNE, Ala.—Jacob Pealer went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for the Bucs, who lost despite limiting the opposition to five hits.

Michael Degenarro collected a two-bagger in a 2-for-5 showing. UH teammate Greer Barnette yielded just one run over four innings of closing relief.

Unaka 2, North Greene 1

BAILEYTON—John Ramsey worked 6 1/3 innings to pitch the Rangers to a tight-fisted victory over North Greene in Watauga Valley play.


David Crockett 4, Cherokee 3

Kara Weems struck out 11 batters over seven innings and held on after Haley Arrowood scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to lift David Crockett to a win over Cherokee in Big Seven Conference softball action.

Arrowood got on base with a bunt single in the bottom of the sixth. She later scored the winning run on a Cherokee error.

Alyssa Suits led the Lady Pioneers, going 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Aubri Burger was 2 for 4 while Madison Pleasant had a double and two runs.

Weems gave up five hits and two earned runs.

“They’re not going to give up and they’re going to keep fighting,” David Crockett coach Carla Weems said. “My senior came up with a nice bunt and beat it out so we could score. She just came up big and we did what we had to do.”

Haley Vigil was 2 for 2 with two RBIs for Cherokee. Bailee Hamilton suffered the loss, giving up eight hits over six innings.

Daniel Boone 6, Tennessee High 1

Nickolette Ferguson and Jaycie Jenkins combined for five hits and four RBIs to back Megan Ackerman’s stellar pitching.

Ferguson went 3 for 3, driving in two runs, while Jenkins wound up going 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs of her own. Brylee Mesusan and McKenna Dietz each swiped a pair of bases.

Boone, which totaled eight hits, separated from the Lady Vikings with a three-run third and two-run fourth.

Ackerman allowed six hits in a complete game, striking out six batters and walking none.

Volunteer 10, University High 0

CHURCH HILL—Aliyah Crawley homered, scored twice and drove in three runs in a 2-for-3 effort as the Lady Falcons prevailed in five innings.

Alli Chandler nearly matched Crawley’s production, going 2 for 3 with two runs and a pair of RBIs. Audrey Evans had a good day as well, turning in a 2-for-3, 2-run performance.

UH was held to one hit: Sydney Trosin’s third-inning single.

Cloudland 7, Unaka 6

ELIZABETHTON — The Highlanders held on after Kenzie Birchfield, Taylor Hicks and Leah Birchfield scored in the top of the 10th inning. After the Rangers scored two runs, Leah Birchfield made a 5-3 play for the final out.

Heaven Caraway had three hits and three RBIs to lead Cloudland. Leah Birchfield also had three hits, while Karah Fields, Jasmine Birchfield, Kaylen Fields and Hicks all had two hits.

Madison Pierce had two hits, while Taylor Shanks, Erika Potter and Lily Kiser all had hits for the Lady Rangers.

Lincoln (Ala.) 6, Sullivan East 1

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Hannah Scott went 2 for 2, Chelsea Sams had an RBI single and Katelyne Loudy accounted for a single and a run for the Lady Patriots.

Homewood (Ala.) 9, Sullivan East 8

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Katelyne Loudy went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, while Chelsea Sams was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Kylee Wolfe also finished 2 for 3 with a RBI.


University High 9, KACHEA 0

Nine different Bucs combined on either an assist or a score in a one-sided victory over KACHEA.

Malachi Heath and Nelson Owen each accounted for a pair of goals while Moses Rathbun, Bracken Burns, Will Owen, Lane Caughron and Hayden Tolley contributed one goal apiece.

Five Bucs had an assist on the evening, including Burns with two and Heath, Mathew Powell, Owen and Page with one each.

Goalie Tyler Barnes and the UH defense keep the Wildcats scoreless for their second shutout on the season. The Bucs’ record is 3-1 and they will play Thursday at David Crockett. 

Asheville School 5, Providence Academy 0

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Peppered with shots on Tuesday, Providence Academy goalkeeper Callie Burchette totaled eight saves.

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