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Hale pitches no-hitter to launch Sullivan East's season

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 10, 2020 at 7:52 PM

BLUFF CITY—Luke Hale started his season in highly impressive style Monday, hurling a no-hitter as Sullivan East turned back conference foe Unicoi County 4-0.

Hale victimized the Blue Devils for nine strikeouts. He got the only run he would need in the first inning, and the Patriots came through with three runs in the fifth.

Seth Chafin and Perry Casaday each batted 2 for 2. Dylan Bartley contributed a triple with two RBIs.

David Crockett 13, Volunteer 2 (Game 1)

CHURCH HILL—The Falcons were unable to notch an earned run off Crockett pitchers Cody Wheeley and Garrison Richardson. Wheeley gave up three hits and two runs over four innings, then Richardson pitched a tidy fifth.

The Pioneers turned four of their six hits into doubles, one coming from Gavin Cloutier in a 2-for-4, 4-RBI showing. Dakota Stout, who added three RBIs, Kaleb Swanson (3 runs) and Cade Larkins added two-baggers.

David Crockett 15, Volunteer 2 (Game 2)

CHURCH HILL—Cade Larkins batted 3 for 4, homered, tripled and drove in five runs as the Pioneers also breezed through the back end of their league doubleheader.

Hayden Osburn went 3 for 3, doubled, had three RBIs and scored twice. Johnny Loyd, who went 1 for 1 and drew two walks, and Garrett Leonard each scored three times.

Providence Academy 15, Unaka 2

Josh Marso batted 3 for 4 with two runs for the Knights, whose starting pitcher, Tyner Simpson, racked up six strikeouts over four innings. Simpson yielded one run and a walk.

Caleb Zepeda went 2 for 2, drew two walks, scored twice and stole two bases in the victory. Daniel Lawson accounted for a double, three runs and two walks.

University High 7, Chuckey-Doak 5

AFTON—A 5-0 third-inning lead was enough of a cushion for the Bucs, whose lead dwindled to as little as one run.

Cade Pollock ripped a three-run homer and Jakob Miller a two-run double in University’s big inning.

Miller finished 3 for 4, matching Pollock in the RBI department with three.

Greer Barnett struck out five batters over four innings for the victory (one run allowed). The last of four UH pitchers, Jesse Greene recorded four strikeouts in two shutout innings that equated to a save.

Greene also contributed three walks and two runs.

Hampton 11, Tri-Cities Flames 4

HAMPTON—Weston Street supplied two hits, three RBIs and a pair of stolen bases for the Bulldogs, banged out 11 hits as they put out the Flames.

Caleb Royston, Josh Owens and Josh Stout each contributed two hits to the victory. Dalton Rouse pitched the first three innings before Royston worked the fourth and into the fifth for the decision.

Pacing Tri-Cities was Niler Door with a 3-for-4 effort. A.J. Andrews was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Sullivan Central 4, Johnson County 0

BLOUNTVILLE—Trey Sells hurled a complete-game shutout, accumulating 11 strikeouts against two walks and two hits allowed.

Nathaniel Mullins led the Cougars offensively, batting 3 for 3 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs. Sells and Logan Bowers added an RBI each.

Ethan Icenhour was responsible for both Johnson County hits, going 2 for 2 with a walk.

Dobyns-Bennett 12, Tennessee High 7

BRISTOL—D-B, which won the Big 7 regular-season title a year ago, spotted Bristol's defending Region 1-AAA champions a three-run lead, but found its stride with a seven-run second frame and kept pecking away thereafter to win comfortably.

Sam Ritz, a 6-foot-2 catcher and the grandson of former Tribe head coach Mike Ritz, had a two-run single to fuel the seven-run uprising.

The Vikings got a pair of two-run doubles from Brayden Blevins.

Sullivan North 14, Cosby 0

KINGSPORT—Braydon Wilhoit and Chandler Raleigh combined to blank Cosby and record 10 strikeouts in a five-inning affair.

The Golden Raiders’ hits were distributed among nine players.

SOFTBALL

Sullivan South 5, Dobyns-Bennett 4

KINGSPORT—The Lady Rebels scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 4, then won in the seventh on a McKenzie Wallin RBI single.

Wallen finished 3 for 4, accounting for half of her team’s hits. Emma Jones followed at 2 for 3 with a triple and Suzie Chatman tossed three innings of closing relief to pick up the win. Chatman surrendered one run.

D-B generated a 10-hit attack led by Emma Allgood going 3 for 4 (2 RBIs) from the leadoff spot. Evee Battisto went 2 for 2 with a double from the No. 2 spot in the lineup and Kierstyn Judd doubled in a 2-for-4 effort.

Lady Indians starting pitcher Kassidy Miller yielded one unearned and collected five strikeouts over four innings.

Unaka 11, Happy Valley 0

ELIZABETHTON—Alana Parsons homered, drove across three runs and scored twice in a 3-for-4 output that fueled a one-sided Unaka win at Ronnie Hicks Field.

Kendall Bare batted 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Sadie Shoun drove in two runs and scored twice. Kailey Wilson pitched four innings, Trinity Bowers hurled three innings of relief and both players registered four strikeouts.

The Lady Warriors failed to score despite totaling eight hits. Olivia Absher and Laura Rice both batted 2 for 3.

Sullivan Central 8, University High 6

The Lady Bucs were down 6-1 before pushing across five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sullivan Central, however, answered with a sixth-inning pair.

Katherine Horne led the Lady Cougars at the plate with a 2-for-4 game. Horne, Jasmine Sheffield, Sydney Snapp and Courtney Willis each scored twice.

Cyndia Dobbins topped UH by batting 2 for 4 with two runs. Michaela Summet went 1 for 1 and walked.

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