Jackson Hill’s two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning capped a rally that pushed the Hilltoppers past Daniel Boone, 4-3, Tuesday night at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
For the longest time, it didn’t appear that the Hilltoppers’ bats were up to the task. A day after being shut out by Boone, Science Hill was quiet again for much of the night.
Boone’s Hunter Adams retired the first 13 Science Hill batters and was clinging to a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
First, Ben Edwards reached on an error and Caleb Marmo and Cade McCoy followed with solid singles. Matthew Levi drove in a run with a groundout, setting the stage for Hill, whose sharp single provided the tying and winning runs.
“We stayed confident,” Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards said.
Landon Slemp was the winning pitcher in relief of Quinn Boyle, and he definitely earned the victory. Slemp worked out of a jam in the top of the sixth, getting a strikeout on a nasty curveball to end a bases-loaded threat.
Boyle worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits.
“I can’t say enough good things about Quinn giving us a great start,” said Edwards, whose team improved to 8-5 overall, 5-1 in the Big Seven. “Those hitters were so hot and he had to really pitch his tail off out there to give us that opportunity.
“Quinn kept us in the game and then Landon came right at them and we got the hits late.”
Adams finished with a five-hitter — three of them came in the sixth — and struck out seven batters.
“When you lead off with an error, it gives them some momentum,” Boone coach Rob Hoover said. “To Science Hill’s credit, they did a really good job in the sixth inning. Give them a lot of credit for just beating us.
“These are the games we have to finish. Hunter wasn’t tired. He was doing really well. We have a two-run lead and we have to get six outs. That’s the disappointing part to me.”
Cade Elliott went 2 for 2 with a walk for Boone, which fell to 10-6, 5-3.