The Hilltoppers rallied past Cherokee 10-8 to stay a game behind Dobyns-Bennett for the top spot. It was Edwards’ 342nd career victory at Science Hill, putting him past John Broyles as the program’s all-time winningest coach.
“I’m very humbled to be a part of such a rich tradition with the school’s baseball program,” Edwards said. “I’m thankful for coach (Keith) Turner for giving me the opportunity to be here. I’m thankful to my wife and kids for their support. I’ve had a lot of great players over the years and I’m thankful to be a part of it.
“The wins are great, but I most of all enjoy the relationships with the boys.”
This win was hard earned.
Down two runs in the fourth inning, the Hilltoppers scored four in the bottom frame and led the rest of the way. They improved to 17-10 and 8-3 in the league.
Hunter Phillips went 3 for 4 for the Hilltoppers. Lead-off Caleb Marmo was 2 for 2 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Jackson Hill also had two hits, including a go-ahead triple, and drove in two runs. Landon Slemp, who was the winning pitcher, did his part at the plate with a double and three RBIs.
Alex Elmore had two hits and Jack Torbett scored two runs.
Drew Honeycutt started for Science Hill and threw the first 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Garrett Gleason. Slemp struck out four and gave up just one hit, one walk and one run over the final 3 1/3 innings.
Cherokee lead-off Trent Price had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 5 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Ryan Morgan was 2 for 2 with two RBIs for the Chiefs (9-15, 3-8). Carter Morelock had two hits, while Jesse Forgety had a two-run double.
Jackson Davenport suffered the loss, giving up seven hits and seven runs over three innings. Luke Condra threw the final three innings of relief.