When it was over, the Lady Hilltoppers owned a tight 11-9 win in the East Tennessee Classic softball tournament Thursday at Metro-Kiwanis Park.
“We swung the bats well, and Unaka did, too,” said Science Hill head coach Jerry Higgins. “Either go zero to zero, or a lot to a lot.”
In the nightcap, Science Hill improved to 7-1 on the season with a 20-0 three-inning rout of University High.
In games on the lower field, Farragut topped Crockett 7-3 before Crockett bounced back to beat Unaka, 12-1.
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Science Hill got rolling early. After a single from Jannon Glaspie, Kasey Bennett torched one over the center field fence. One out later, Zoey Cooper went yard for a quick 3-0 advantage.
Freshman Abigail Taylor added an RBI double the second inning. She also had an RBI triple in the fifth, and finished with three hits. Glaspie, Mackenzie Powell and Jayden Salts each added two hits.
Emma Cullop made what turned out to be a game-saving catch in left field. The diving gem cut short a Unaka rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“That was a great play,” said Higgins. “She’s another freshman.”
For Unaka, Madison Pierce hit a two-run homer and finished with two hits. Leadoff batter Sadie Shoun had three hits. Kendall Bare also had two hits as did Tayla Potter and Lilly Kiser.
“I was very pleased,” said Unaka head coach Kenneth Chambers. “We’ve got a lot of young players, and the young ones have been hitting the ball. If we keep hitting consistent like we have been, we’ve have a good chance of being competitive in our conference. Overall it was a great game for us.
“We came here to try to get better. Any time you’re playing Science Hill or David Crockett, you have to come with your A game just to compete.”
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Zoey Cooper’s third-inning grand slam was all the Lady Hilltoppers needed in the four-inning contest.
Trailing 1-0, Glaspie walked and Bennett followed with a single. After a hit batter, Cooper ripped one over the right field fence.
Sejal Neas did the work in the circle, allowing two hits and one unearned run. She struck out three batters.
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Abigail Taylor went 2 for 2 with two doubles and two walks and scored four times.
In the circle, Bree Presnell pitched to 10 batters without allowing a hit. She walked one and struck out six.
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Kara Weems went 2 for 2 with a homer and two RBIs at the plate, but the Lady Admirals were able to get to her in the circle.
Weems allowed four hits in four innings with seven runs, five earned.
Mackenzie Baldwin also homered for Crockett.
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Ashlyn Dulaney hit a first-inning grand slam and finished the game with two hits and six RBIs.
The Lady Pioneers took advantage of nine walks by Unaka pitchers. Aubri Burger had a double and two RBIs.
Jenna Davis got the win in the circle, allowing just two hits and one unearned run in five innings.