Cyclones held to one hit in 6-3 David Crockett victory

Johnson City Press • Mar 14, 2020 at 10:45 AM

ELIZABETHTON—Garrett Leonard and Kaleb Swanson combined to hurl a one-hitter Friday night, headlining David Crockett’s 6-3 baseball win over Elizabethton on Joe O’Brien Field at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.

Leonard put in 5 1/3 innings, allowing a Karson Dillard single and three runs (two earned), then Swanson finished up for a five-out save.

Despite their lack of hit production, the Cyclones snagged a pair of first-inning runs and took a 2-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning. That’s when Crockett did all of its scoring. The Pioneers pulled even on a two-run Swanson base knock. Two batters later, following a Dakota Stout walk, Hayden Osburn lined a run-scoring base hit to left field.

From there, an error in left field followed by a wild pitch enabled Crockett to double its scoring total.

Isaac Stephens went 2 for 3, Cade Larkins and 2 for 4 and Leonard 2 for 5 to anchor a 12-hit Pioneers output. Going 1 for 2, Swanson was twice hit by a pitch.

For Elizabethton, Dillard batted 1 for 2, had two runs and swiped a pair of bases. Perennial base-running threat Evan Carter came away with three thefts.

Hampton 10, Hancock County 9

HAMPTON—The Bulldogs got the better of a non-conference tussle with Hancock County, winning on Josh Owens’ walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

That made a winner out of Dalton Rouse, who pitched three innings of relief to move to 2-0 on the year.

Weston Street turned in a 3-for-5, 2-RBI performance for the Bulldogs, now 3-0. Owens chimed in at 2 for 3.

Indians cleanup man Isaac Williams batted 2 for 3 with a double. Gabe Turner accounted for two hits and Tybis Cooper two RBIs.

Warren County 3, Dobyns-Bennett 1

MURFREESBORO—In an odd statistical combination, the Indians failed to get a hit but walked 10 times as they came up short in Murfreesboro tournament activity.

Seven of those free passes came off Warren County starter Heath Krykindell, who toiled 2 1/3 innings. D-B drew three consecutive one-out walks in the bottom of the first inning, setting up a Jaden Anderson sacrifice fly that tied things up.

The two teams remained deadlocked until Weston Wilson delivered an RBI single in the fifth.

Jake Timbes, Sam Ritz and Anderson garnered two walks apiece for D-B, whose starting pitcher, Matthew Moore, went the distance.

Murfreesboro Riverdale 7, Dobyns-Bennett 0

MURFREESBORO—Dobyns-Bennett suffered 14 strikeouts and managed just one hit off Riverdale pitching.

Joey Mitchell racked up nine strikeouts over five innings, yielding Derek Thurston’s two-out single in the fourth.

The Indians hurt their chances with five errors that equated to starting pitcher Turner Stout (5 IP, 7 runs) being saddled with five unearned runs.


Daniel Boone 9, Riverdale 2

MURFREESBORO—A steady Trailblazer assault led by Colby Backus (3 for 4), Cade Elliott (2 for 2, 2 runs) and Brody Goodman (2 for 4, 3 RBIs) proved too much for Riverdale.

Backus, Goodman, Ryne Haney and Gaven Jones all doubled in the victory — and Haney added a 2-for-5 showing to a 12-hit Boone effort.

Winning pitcher Jones held Riverdale to one run over 4 2/3 innings. Goodman finished up from there.

Dobyns-Bennett 3, Summit 3

MURFREESBORO—Up 3-0 after two innings, Dobyns-Bennett wound up settling for an eight-inning tie in its game with Summit.

Dalton Harkleroad batted 2 for 3 with a walk for the Indians. D-B starter Sebastian Fugate amassed nine strikeouts over five innings before Jake Timbes hurled three shutout frames, collecting four Ks in the process.

Cosby 12-21, Unaka 6-15

ELIZABETHTON—More than ample on the offensive end, the Rangers couldn’t figure out how to hold the Eagles in check.

Game 1, a 12-6 Cosby win in five innings, Unaka was led by Joe Slagle with two hits, two runs, a walk and three stolen bases. Mark Nealon added two RBIs.

The back end of the non-league doubleheader lasted four innings, ending 21-15 in the Eagles’ favor. The Rangers scored seven times in the bottom of the second inning for a 10-4 lead, but Cosby cut loose for 17 runs over the final two frames.

Unaka’s Nolan Bradley excelled mightily, going 4 for 4 with two doubles, four runs and four RBIs. Additional team leaders were James Seigfried (2-2, 3 stolen bases, 2 runs), Lucas Carr (2-3, 3 RBIs), Landon Ramsey (2-4, 2 runs, 2 SBs) and Daniel Shearl (2 runs, 2 RBIs).


Tennessee High 5, Sullivan South 3

BRISTOL—Anna Craddock belted a two-run, go-ahead double in the bottom of the sixth inning, then scored on Makenzie Orfield’s follow-up two-bagger.

Sullivan South had taken a one-run edge with a three-run fourth, in which Bradley Warner stroked a two-run single before Lauren Richardson induced a bases-loaded walk.

Lakelyn Ziegler doubled and scored twice in a 2-for-3 showing for the Lady Vikings, who got three RBIs from Craddock.

For South, it was Warner going 1 for 1. Richardson, who drew two walks, and Susie Chatman each batted 1 for 2.

Bailey Lamb retrieved the pitching win by tossing 3 2/3 shutout innings.


Johnson County 9, Sullivan East 8

BLUFF CITY—Emmy Miller batted 3 for 4 to help Johnson County win a back-and-forth Three Rivers Conference contest.

Down 3-0, Johnson County erased that deficit with a seven-run third inning. The Lady Patriots responded, eventually taking an 8-7 edge with three runs in the fifth.

The Lady Longhorns answered with two atop the sixth. Maddi Eddington and Hannah Brooks each finished with two of Johnson County’s 11 hits.

East banged out 14 hits with Cayden Bawgus going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. She ripped a two-run, third-inning homer.

Lexie McDuffie (2 RBIs), Emma Timbs and Katie Botts added two hits apiece for East, which got three runs from Abby Lacey.

Cloudland 12, Sullivan North 0

Kayla Fields drove in four runs in a 4-for-4 performance in Cloudland’s season opener.

Kristi Bare, Karah Fields, Heaven Caraway, Jasmine Birchfield and Kenzie Birchfield each collected two hits in the victory.

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