Unicoi County baseball wins trio of games

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 11, 2019 at 11:00 PM

The Unicoi County baseball team swept a doubleheader at Sullivan Central on Wednesday and followed up with a home win over Mountain Heritage, N.C., on Thursday.

Brett Strother went 2 for 4 with five RBIs, including a three-run home run, to lead the Blue Devils to an 11-3 win over Sullivan Central in game one of their doubleheader.

Peyton Whitson was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while Keaton Casey picked up the win with six strikeouts, while giving up four hits.

Whitson (4-1) shut down the Cougars in the nightcap. He threw 15 strikeouts and gave up two hits. He again was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Caleb Crain was also 2 for 4.

In Thursday’s win over the other Cougars from Burnsville, N.C., Drew Keasling and Crain each reached base three times. Ramon Avila picked up the win, scattering eight hits.

Science Hill 2, Morristown West 1

MORRISTOWN—After Landon Slemp struck for a two-run double in the top of the first inning, Science Hill’s pitching made it stand up as the Hilltoppers edged Morristown West.

The Hilltoppers managed only three hits off Blaine Robinson, but walks to Caleb Marmo and Matthew Levi set up Slemp — whose key hit came with two outs.

Camden Lovin led off the Trojans’ fifth with a double and later scored from third in an infield error.

Giving up that unearned run, Dustin Eatmon pitched 4 1/3 innings for the victory. He allowed three hits and posted two strikeouts against one walk before Slemp went the rest of the way to earn a save. Also surrendering three hits, Slemp recorded four Ks and walked one batter.

Robinson put up six strikeouts against six bases on balls.

Josh Wooten and Alex Elmore were each 1 for 2 for the ’Toppers. Topping West was Lovin at 2 for 3 and Mason McDaniel with a 2-for-4 game.

South Greene 10, Hampton 2

HAMPTON—Nathan Lisenby and Luke Myers each batted 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs for the Rebels. Lisenby accounted for a double.

Hayden Hartman pitched five innings of one-hit baseball for the victory, striking out eight batters and walking four.

The Bulldogs’ Weston Street, Josh Owens and Mitchell Tolley each banged out three hits.

Happy Valley 5, Unaka 1

ELIZABETHTON — Bryce Carter had three strikeouts and gave up three hits in a complete game as the Warriors downed the Rangers.

Carter helped himself on the offensive end with a double and two walks. Dylan Willis lined a two-run single for Happy Valley, while Caden Ward had a sacrifice fly and Michael Harrah had an RBI off a bases-loaded walk. Zach Workman also doubled.

Bryson Street had seven strikeouts in the loss for Unaka.

Sullivan North 5, North Greene 3

KINGSPORT—Golden Raiders starting pitcher Hunter Dingus held the Huskies to two hits over six innings.

Cole Bear recorded the save in the seventh and also had two hits.

Patrick Henry, Va. 11, Johnson County 0

MOUNTAIN CITY—Ethan Icenhour had a 2-for-2 day for the Longhorns, who couldn’t string together enough hits against some tough Patrick Henry pitching.

Isaac Eldreth threw the first four innings for the win. He coupled three strikeouts with no walks.


Cloudland 5, Cosby 3

ROAN MOUNTAIN—Accumulating 10 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, Collin Morgan aided his own cause by producing a pair of hits as the Highlanders broke into the win column.

Touched for just four hits, Morgan did a good job of working around seven walks. He surrendered three runs, two of them earned, before Josh Stevens recorded the final out.

Stevens batted 2 for 2 and Brayden Christman chimed in with a pair of RBIs. The Eagles’ Seth Arrowood doubled in a 2-for-3 effort.


University High 5, David Crockett 1

Overcoming an early deficit, University High (8-1) got three goals from Malachi Heath and a pair of Walker Page assists to defeat David Crockett.

The Pioneers took the lead on a penalty kick after the UH goalkeeper was called for a hard foul in the box. That appeared to wake up the Bucs in front of a large home crowd as Page fed Heath and Bracken Burns for goals.

Moses Rathbun drawing a foul in the box set up Pate Anglin for a successful PK and 3-1 UH advantage. Heath picked up his goal off an assist from Andrew Jarvis, then capped the scoring to complete his hat trick.

The Bucs’ defense continues to play well, having held its last three opponents to just three goals — compared to UH netting 15.


David Crockett 15, Tennessee High 1

BRISTOL—The Lady Pioneers dominated Tennessee High behind marquee performance from Riley Hope, who went 4 for 4 with four runs and five RBIs.

Hope and teammates Mackenzie Baldwin and Maddie Roy homered in a 15-hit Crockett assault. Baldwin drove in four runs in a 2-for-4, 2-run outing, with Roy going 2 for 3 and scoring twice.

Alyssa Suits and Ashlyn Dulaney each contributed two hits and Kara Weems totaled three RBIs. All three players doubled, as did Matty McKee.

Weems hurled a five-inning three-hitter with six strikeouts, shutting down the Lady Vikings after Bailey Lamb homered in the first inning.

Johnson County 8, Sullivan Central 2

MOUNTAIN CITY—Hannah Brooks ripped a two-run homer in a 2-for-4, 2-run performance, plus she got the job done in the pitching circle — holding the Lady Cougars to five hits.

Lindsey Wills and Maddi Eddington added two hits apiece to the victory, with Wills connecting for a double.

Courtney Willis topped Sullivan Central with a pair of hits. Pitcher Sydney Snapp was victimized by five unearned runs.

Unaka 9, North Greene 4

GREENEVILLE—Clubbing a fifth-inning grand slam that broke a 1-1 tie, Lilie Kiser also tripled and doubled for the Lady Rangers.

The Lady Huskies closed the gap to one run in the home half of the inning, but a four-run Unaka seventh — highlighted by Erika Potter’s three-run double — put the game away.

Unaka’s Sadie Shoun went 3 for 4 and struck out five batters in a five-inning win from the pitching circle. She yielded only one run on four hits.

K. Roberts (triple) and Abby Laws collected two hits apiece for the Lady Huskies, who suffered their first Watauga Valley Conference setback.

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