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Lady 'Toppers upset by D-B; Crockett forges ahead

Gene Renfro • May 4, 2018 at 10:41 PM

An opportunity for one side went astray while the other side capitalized on a single pitch as Dobyns-Bennett upset host Science Hill 1-0 in Friday’s opening round of the District 1-AAA softball tournament.

“It was a great game and it was a great game the last time we played Science Hill,” said Dobyns-Bennett head coach Andy Hubbard. “We finally started hitting it a little bit and got some big hits. I’m tickled to death.”

The other two games resulted in David Crockett blanking Volunteer 5-0 and Cherokee posting a 7-1 win over Tennessee High.

With the outcomes, Cherokee moves into Monday’s first semifinal to play Daniel Boone at 5 p.m. The other semifinal features David Crockett and Dobyns-Bennett. All action next week is double elimination with the four teams remaining.

Dobyns-Bennett 1, Science Hill 0

A sixth-inning chance saw the Lady Hilltoppers load the bases with no outs against their long-time rivals. Morgan Riffle worked out of the situation with two fielder’s choices in the infield and a fly-out. Riffle scattered three hits in the shutout performance.

Following Riffle’s escape, the lower seed produced one mighty swing. Allison Reese took the first pitch of the seventh inning over the foul pole down the left-field line.

“Honestly I was leaving it all out on the field and swung my heart out,” Reese said about the eventual game-winning hit. “It was potentially the last game for our seniors and really I played for them tonight. I was 0 for 3 before that and no one expected that.”

Sejal Neas also had an impressive evening in the circle. The Lady Hilltoppers hurler struck out five with seven hits and two walks issued.

“It was a great game,” said Bob Dempsey, who filled in for Science Hill head coach Jerry Higgins. “It was a great pitched game, they got out of trouble and we got out of trouble. Sometimes the defense picks the offense up (like) there in the sixth, then she (Reese) came up and got it all.”

The Lady Indians move on with a 16-13 mark.

David Crockett 5, Volunteer 0

The Lady Pioneers advanced thanks in part to a two-hit gem thrown by Kara Weems. She had to work out of some early jams, but struck out seven Volunteer batters.

The Lady Falcons left five runners on in the first three innings, then Weems retired the last eight batters in order.

Crockett improved to 30-9 as it advances to the double-elimination portion of the bracket.

Mackenzie Baldwin provided a home run in the first inning to give the Lady Pioneers the lead. Two innings later, Sydney Fox raced around after her lead-off double for the game’s second score. David Crockett tacked on three more insurance scores in the bottom of the sixth.

Alli Chandler and Jersey Wines had the Lady Falcon hits.

Cherokee 7, Tennessee High 1

The Cherokee offense produced as all nine starters reached base in the game.

Paisley Lyons went 1 for 1 as she drew three walks with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Faith Webb had a hit to go with a pair of walks and two runs.

Siera Light provided a pop from the No. 8 spot in the lineup, collecting two RBIs and batting 1 for 2. In front of her, Haliey Elkins drew two bases-loaded walks. Audrey Mowell was 1 for 3 and scored twice.

Cherokee owns a 12-12 record with the outcome.

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