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Hot-hitting Vikes end Boone's season

Johnny Wilson • Updated May 6, 2019 at 10:29 PM

BRISTOL — Unfortunately for Daniel Boone, the Tennessee High baseball team wore its collective hitting shoes Monday night.

The often-potent Vikings were just too much on this warm evening, ripping line drive after line drive and eliminating Boone from the District 1-AAA tournament with a 9-3 decision at Tod Houston Field.

While the Vikings (24-10) stay alive and meet Dobyns-Bennett at 6 p.m. Tuesday in another elimination game, the season ends for the Trailblazers (18-12) of coach Rob Hoover.

THS dominated this one, banging out a dozen base hits to Boone's five and getting a nice, two-man pitching effort from Cole Presson and Gavin Cross.

The Viking offense was led by Davis Hall, a senior who collected three hits and four RBIs. Ryan Gibson, who collected three hits and scored two runs, and Bryce Snyder, with a pair of RBI singles, contributed heavily as well.

DEUCES WILD

The fourth-seeded Vikings strung together three straight two-run innings to gain the upper hand.

Run-scoring singles by Snyder and Hall put THS up 2-0 in the second, before third-seeded Boone scored in the bottom of the frame when Hunter Adams blasted a solo home run to left field.

The Vikings scored twice more in the third for a 4-1 edge, Snyder again plating one run with a lined single and C.J. Hess plating the other with a sacrifice fly.

The THS advantage went to 6-1 with a two-spot in the top of the fourth, Jarrett Powell driving one home with a single and another run scoring on a wild pitch.

The Trailblazers scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to get back to within 6-3 and chase Presson, who suddenly lost control. A wild pitch and a passed ball scored the runs for Boone, which also took advantage of two walks, a Tennessee High error and an Adams single.

CROSS PICKS UP PRESSON

Presson eased through three innings, allowing only the homer to Adams, before a Viking error to lead off the bottom of the fourth began Boone's two-run rally.

The Trailblazers, after scoring twice in the inning, had a chance to do some damage with the bases loaded and only one out, but Cross struck out two straight to put out the flame Boone's last real threat.

A left-handed senior who has signed with Virginia Tech, Cross picked up the win after striking out eight and allowing three hits in his four innings of work.

Ryne Haney, who was relieved first by Chase Chandler and later by Gavin Jones, took the loss for Boone after working the initial two innings.

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