Following Josh Wooten’s one-out walk in the top of the eighth, Marmo hit into a fielder’s choice before stealing second base and moving to third on a throwing error by the Patriots’ catcher. That set up Diamond, whose late hit made a winner out of Josh McMackin.
McMackin and Clayton McKenzie each hurled two hitless, shutout innings after Landon Slemp was touched for all five Jefferson County runs in a four-inning start. However, only one of those runs was earned.
Gehring Carcich (2 RBIs), Diamond (2 walks) and Ashton Motte produced two hits apiece for the ’Toppers, who totaled nine as a team. Conner Hyatt belted an RBI double, scored three times, walked and was hit by a pitch.
The Patriots, who failed to protect an early three-run advantage (4-1), managed just three hits. Tanner Atkins produced a pair of RBIs.
Rhea County 2, Science Hill 1
DANDRIDGE—As in the game before, Science Hill’s pitching yielded only three hits.
Nevertheless, Rhea County found a way to sneak away with the victory. One of those hits, an Austin Brackett single, led off the bottom of the fifth inning. The combination of a wild pitch, sacrifice and Connor Thompson’s sacrifice fly enabled Brackett to score, breaking a 1-1 tie.
A sacrifice fly, courtesy of Cade Cook, also produced the Eagles’ first run. It was Thompson leading off Rhea’s end of the third, and a sacrifice and stolen base moved him to third base.
The ’Toppers went up 1-0 in the second when Gehring Carcich, who had opened the inning by reaching on an error, crossed the plate on a passed ball.
Science Hill collected five hits with Ashton Motte going 2 for 3, Matthew Levi 1 for 1 and Cole Torbett 1 for 2 with a walk.
Science Hill starter Gavin Briggs absorbed a hard-luck loss. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, one of the runs he surrendered was unearned and he put up three strikeouts against no walks.
Unaka 9, North Greene 6
ERWIN—Capped by an Alana Parsons grand slam, Unaka’s eight-run fourth inning wiped out a 6-1 North Greene lead.
Parsons finished at 2 for 3 while Sadie Shoun supplied a pair of runs in a 1-for-2 effort. Kiki Forney went 1 for 1 and was hit by a pitch.
Going 2 for 2 with a home run and two RBIs for the Lady Huskies was Abi Laws. Eliza Brown batted 2 for 2 and scored twice.
The game lasted four innings.
Elizabethton 3, Unaka 2
ELIZABETHTON—Two Unaka errors and Emma Pendergrass’ two-run double staked the Lady Cyclones to a 3-0 first-inning cushion.
The Lady Rangers took advantage of an Elizabethton error in their two-run sixth, which included a Noelle Collins sacrifice fly. They had two runners on base with one out, but couldn’t push across the equalizer.
Grace Martin (1 earned run) hurled a complete game for ’Betsy, which got a 2-for-4 performance from Ember Jensen.
Unaka’s Hailey Gilman batted 2 for 3 with a walk. Trinity Bowers pitched the whole way, yielding no earned runs.
Unaka 3, Johnson County 2
ERWIN—Hailey Gilman tied things up with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. An inning later, Kailey Wilson ended the game when she was hit by a bases-loaded pitch.
Trinity Bowers doubled in a 2-for-3 offensive showing while Wilson finished 1 for 1 in the win. Sadie Shoun allowed two unearned runs and struck out five batters over three iinnings before Wilson worked the fourth and fifth to gain the decision.