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Hilltoppers batter, no-hit Cherokee

Tanner Cook • Apr 23, 2019 at 10:18 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Behind the power hitting of Caleb Marmo and Landon Slemp, the Science Hill baseball team started the scoring early in a 13-0 Big Seven Conference win over Cherokee on Tuesday.

Furthermore, freshman Cole Torbett and Dustin Eatmon combined for a no-hitter.

Marmo finished his evening at 3 for 3, highlighted by a three-run home run in the top of the third. He also stole three bases on the evening.

Slemp also hit the ball well, going 2 for 4 with a two-run bomb in the first inning. The ’Toppers scored five times in the first before an out was recorded.

“Cole and Dustin have both been pitching well for us,” Science Hill head coach Ryan Edwards said. “I was proud of the way Cole commanded his fastball in both sides of the plate and was able to throw them for strikes. When he does that, he’s tough.”

Torbett and Eatmon only combined for four strikeouts, but the Chiefs hit numerous grounders and harmless pop-ups to the outfield.

There were only two baserunners for Cherokee (9-15, 3-8) in the game, one reaching on a walk and the other on a hit-by-pitch.

The ’Toppers improved to 18-10 overall and 9-3 in the conference. They have clinched at least second place in the regular season and the No. 2 seed in the district tournament beginning next week at Tennessee High.

“This is two nights in a row that we’ve hit the baseball well and we’ve talked about it heading into May that we want to be playing our best baseball,” Edwards said.

Jackson Hill was also big for Science Hill going 4 for 4 with a pair of singles, doubles and RBIs. The ’Toppers got 16 hits in the contest by seven different players and five recorded at least one RBI.

The Chiefs, after having a Monday night with no errors in the field, were guilty of six at home on The Reservation.

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