The Hilltoppers got a three-run double from Landon Slemp in third inning to take the lead, and never looked back in an 8-4 baseball win over Tennessee High on Tuesday at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
Science Hill head coach Ryan Edwards said the Hilltoppers put things together.
“That’s our best performance (of the season) by far,” said Edwards.
Science Hill (11-7) improved to 6-1 in league play. Tennessee High (16-5) slipped to 5-2 in the conference. The teams will meet again Wednesday in Bristol at 6 p.m.
Dobyns-Bennett swept a doubleheader from Volunteer to move to 7-1 in league play.
THE BIG BLOW
Trailing 2-1, the Hilltoppers loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a single. With two outs, Slemp crushed a straight rope to left-center field that hit the wall and plated three runs.
“I got a pitch I wanted, and I just turned on it and drove some runs in,” said Sleep. “I did it for the team.
“I was pumped up. I knew when we got the lead we were going to keep it. The whole team was hyped up. The crowd was into it and we had the momentum behind us.”
Slemp crossed the plate five pitches later on Conner Hyatt’s RBI single.
CATCHING UP QUICKLY
After Tennessee High scored in the top of the first, Caleb Marmo had an authoritative answer. He crushed a towering home run over the right field fence to tie the game.
“It was great for Marmo to get that run back right away with one swing,” said Edwards. “It was great for (pitcher) Drew (Honeycutt) to settle down and hold them to one run in the first.”
Honeycutt got the win, allowing five hits and four runs, three earned, in four innings. Garrett Gleason and Slemp finished things off with three scoreless innings of relief.
Marmo had two hits and scored three times.
CJ Hess had three hits for the Vikings. Peyton Fox added two.