District 1-A softball: Lady Rangers top University High

Johnson City Press • May 7, 2019 at 10:43 PM

KINGSPORT—Lilie Kiser batted 3 for 3, scored twice and doubled in Unaka’s 12-2, five-inning victory over University High in the winners’ bracket semifinals of the District 1-A softball tournament on Tuesday.

Sadie Shoun added a 3-for-4 effort that included two runs and a pair of RBIs. Tayla Potter doubled twice and scored three times in a 2-for-3 showing.

Erika Potter (double, 2 runs) and Kendal Bare (2 RBIs) added two hits apiece to the winning cause. Taylor Shanks cracked a double and Madison Pierce contributed a pair of runs.

The Lady Bucs’ Emily Morgan and Carlie Bragg each batted 2 for 3.

North Greene edged Cloudland 4-3 in the other semifinal, then the Lady Highlanders got past UH 5-4 in the losers’ bracket semifinal to keep its season alive.

Cloudland 5, University High 4

KINGSPORT—Krisi Bare hit an infield single to score Jasmine Birchfield with one out in the seventh inning. Then with a rundown between first and second, Cloudland coach Matt Birchfield sent Kaylen Fields racing home from third base for the winning run.


University High 6, Hampton 0

The Buccaneers did all of their scoring before halftime to move into Thursday’s championship match.

University High’s half-dozen goals were divided between five players, with Moses Rathbun netting two.

Things got rollings for the Bucs when Walker Page found fellow senior Malachi Heath, then Will Owen struck to make it 2-0. After Rathbun accounted for the next two goals, Heath fed an assist to Bracken Burns to make it 5-0 with 10 minutes left in the half.

Andrew Jarvis rounded out the scoring UH, which recorded its eighth shutout of the year, improved to 14-3. The Bucs will host Chuckey-Doak, a 3-0 winner over West Greene in the other semifinal match, in the tournament final.


Sullivan North and Johnson County dominated action at the District 1 small schools tennis individual championships Tuesday at Milligan College.

Adam Nelson of Sullivan North repeated as boys’ singles champion with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) win over Mason Stanley of Johnson County.

“It was a tough match going to a second-set tiebreaker,” said Nelson, a state quarterfinalist last season. “I had to get my serves in and keep rallying and not make mistakes. Mason hits really fast serves and he’s a tough player who hits the ball harder and faster than most. It feels good being a senior and to repeat as district champion my last year.”

The Golden Raiders also repeated in boys’ doubles where Trey Williams and Dalton Hatmaker teamed to down Johnson County’s Noah Cox and Daniel Sluder 6-1, 6-3.

Defending champions also reigned supreme on the girls side. In singles, Maya Hill defeated Savannah Lovell 6-1, 6-4 in all-North final. Johnson County provided all the participants in the doubles final as Taylor and Olivia Cox defeated Margaret Morrow and Hannah Bauer. The Cox twins are looking to make it back to the state tournament for a second straight year.

The Region 1 small schools individual championships are scheduled next Monday at the Greeneville Tennis Center starting at 9 a.m.

Sullivan North, which won the District 1 boys’ team championship, will host South Greene Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Region 1-AA team finals.


Tennessee High 6, Dobyns-Bennett 5

BRISTOL—A last-ditch rally was not enough for Doybns-Bennett at Tod Houston Field, where Tennessee High slammed the door on the Tribe's 2019 post-season baseball dreams.

Taking advantage of nine free passes and getting a two-run home run from Davis Hall, THS gained a five-run lead by the top of the sixth inning and held on to claim a one-run decision in a District 1-AAA elimination game.

The defeat abruptly ended a memorable season for D-B, the tournament's top seed after nabbing the Big 7 Conference regular-season championship.

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