Boone bounces back to whip UH

Douglas Fritz • Updated Apr 6, 2019 at 8:58 PM

Daniel Boone felt the sting of a shutout in Saturday’s first game against Abingdon.

The Trailblazers took it out on University High in the second game, earning a 9-0 win Saturday at Thomas Stadium during consolation games in the Tribe Classic baseball tournament.

In the tournament’s championship, Tennessee High outlasted Greeneville by a score of 2-1.

Making his first varsity start, sophomore Gavin Jones delivered a five-hitter for Boone (12-7).

“He had a good day,” said Boone head coach Robbie Hoover. “He commanded his fastball, and his off speed was just good enough to keep them off balance. He attacked the strike zone early in the count, which led to a lot of ground balls.”

Boone scored single runs in each of the first six innings before departing from protocol with a three-run seventh inning.

“It was a good scoreboard,” said Hoover, whose team lost 3-0 to Abingdon in its fist game Saturday. “We wish we would have some of that in the first game. But in the second game, we did what we had to do. We had runners in scoring position, and we found a way to get them in.”

At the plate, Boone got two hits and two RBIs from Hunter Adams. Anthony Edwards added two hits while Jones backed up his pitching with two RBIs.

Jacob Pealer had two hits to lead University High.


Tennessee High jumped out to a first-inning lead on Cole Presson’s RBI groundout.

Greeneville tied the game in the second inning with Blayne Ferguson’s RBI single. But the Vikings retook the lead on Presson’s third-inning RBI single.

Mason Johns made it work on the mound, going the distance and allowing just four hits in a tidy 88-pitch complete-game effort.

In the semifinals, Greeneville blasted Morristown East by a score of 13-1 while Tennessee High earned an 8-7 win over Knoxville Catholic. In the third-place game, Catholic thumped East by a score of 13-6.

The tournament format changed for Saturday’s action. No place finishes were determined after the top four.

Abingdon 3

Daniel Boone 0

T.J. Taylor shut the Trailblazers down with a two-hitter. He walked only one, struck out six, and needed only 78 pitches to finish the complete game.

Abingdon took the lead in the third inning on Luke Francisco’s steal of home plate. Ethan Ketron followed with a two-run triple.

David Crockett 12

Unicoi County 0

Nolan Miller tossed a one-hitter and Pioneers gave him plenty of offensive support.

Cody Wheeley went 2 for 2 with a grand slam and a triple.

Tennessee High 8

Knox Catholic 7

Davis Hall hit a walk-off seventh-inning single to lift the Vikings to the come-from-behind win.

Hall finished with three hits and two RBIs as the Vikings erased a 7-3 deficit by scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Dobyns-Bennett 5

Unicoi County 1

Blake Cleven went the distance on the mound, spinning a five-hitter for the Indians.

Cleven walked three and struck out four to earn his second win of the season.

Jackson McDavid put the Indians out in front with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning. Derek Thurston made it 3-0 in the third inning with a two-run single. Cade Maupin and Jaden Alderson had RBIs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Unicoi got its lone run on Ramon Avila’s seventh-inning RBI groundout.

Jordan Bridges went the distance in a losing cause, allowing six hits and five runs, two earned.

Lyon County 7

Dobyns-Bennett 2

It was 2-2 heading to the sixth inning, but the Eddyville, Kentucky, team struck for five runs.

The outburst started with an error, walk and hit batter to load the bases. Four singles and another error later, Lyon had a commanding lead.

The Indians got two hits and an RBI from Dalton Harkleroad.

Happy Valley 17

University High 12

After blowing all of a 10-1 lead, the Warriors rallied for six runs in the seventh inning to earn the win.

The Buccaneers scored six times in the fourth inning to make it 10-7, and took the lead with four sixth-inning runs.

Four Happy Valley hitters had multiple RBIs: Michael Harrah (3), Jacob Asher (2), Zac Workman (2) and Hunter Smith. Asher and Smith each had three hits while Dylan Willis, Bart Wilson, Harrah and Workman each added two hits.

UH got two hits and four RBIs from Henry Borthwick. Michael Degennaro had three hits while Brant Hare, Jacob Pealer and Nate Tucker had two apiece.

Knox Karns 13

Sullivan East 11

The Patriots were ahead 11-1, heading to the bottom of the fourth inning. But the Beavers rallied for six runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth to earn the stunning come-from-behind win.

Eleven of Karns’ 13 runs were unearned. Perry Casaday had three hits and three RBIs to lead East.

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