Back-to-back homers power Crockett over Lebanon

Tanner Cook • Mar 29, 2019 at 11:08 PM

KINGSPORT — A late power surge propelled the David Crockett softball team to a 3-1 win over Lebanon on Friday afternoon at the Eastman Tournament.

In the top of the fifth inning, Matty McKee and Alyssa Suits led off the frame for the Lady Pioneers with back-to-back home runs to left field.

Crockett accounted for only five hits on the afternoon against one of the powerhouses in Southwest Virginia the past few years, but they made the hits count.

Kara Weems got the win in the circle for Crockett, striking out five and allowing four hits. Madison Hamm received the loss for Lebanon as she struck out three.

1, 2 … 4?

The bottom of the second inning started off with Hamm grounding to third for the first out for Lebanon.

Then things started to get a little confusing.

Haley Finney came up to bat as the fifth batter and reached on a single. There was a problem though as she was slated to be the sixth batter in order.

The next batter for Lebanon — Adrianna Morrison — stepped up to the plate and was called out for batting out of turn. So, there are now two outs in the inning.

Abby Compton speed up next and grounded to third for the third out, but the inning was not over for some odd reason.

Lebanon would end up scoring when Maggie Lampkin knocked a single to score Finney in from second. That run tied the game at one run apiece.

The inning did end when Averie Price popped out to third.


The Lady Pioneers got three home runs on the day from Weems, Mackenzie Baldwin and Riley Hope in a 9-3 win over Greeneville.

Suits chipped in as well, going 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Ashlyn Dulaney was also 3 for 3 in the winning cause.

Jenna Davis got the win in the circle, going four innings and allowing five hits.


Daniel Boone 8, Cookeville 2

The Lady Trailblazers got another win in on the second day at Eastman, this time beating the Lady Cavaliers of Cookeville.

Jaycie Jenkins and McKenna Dietz each accounted for a pair of hits for Boone. Dietz finished with two RBI and a triple while pitcher Megan Ackerman also had two RBIs.

Ackerman twirled just over five innings of work, fanning five and allowing seven hits.

Daniel Boone 7, Knox Catholic 5

McKenna Dietz, Savannah Jesse and Jaycie Jenkins had two hits apiece for Boone, which wiped out an early 3-0 deficit.

Dietz doubled and also scored twice. Nickolette Ferguson handled the pitching duties in the victory, totaling five strikeouts while yielding two earned runs.

Lebanon 10, Happy Valley 0

Adrienne Morrison no hit the Lady Warriors en route to the win for the Lady Pioneers. Madison Valney and Tatum Dye each had a home run for Lebanon, which churned out 16 hits on the day.

Olivia Absher and Cierra Southerland each drew a walk for Happy Valley to break up the perfect game.

Cloudland 5, Happy Valley 1

Karah and Kaylen Fields each racked up two hits for the Lady Highlanders. Cloudland racked up eight hits on the afternoon while Happy Valley tallied six.

Allie Grindstaff collected the lone RBI for the Lady Warriors.

Volunteer 1, White House-Heritage 0

The Lady Falcons got a superb pitching performance out of Sydney Allen as she tossed eight shutout innings, struck out five and gave up just two hits.

Volunteer only managed six hits in the game, but got a big one when it counted.

Raenah Barton started off the eighth with a single and later scored when Alli Chandler reached on a throwing error to first base.

Unaka 9, Volunteer 4

The Lady Rangers started off hot, but so did Volunteer as the score was tied at four with only one frame gone.

Unaka was able to pull away in the bottom of the fourth with five runs thanks to a series of three Volunteer errors.

Erika Potter was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Unaka.

Anderson County 8, Unaka 1

Hannah Bruce handcuffed Unaka’s offense, amassing 10 strikeouts en route to a five-inning two-hitter.

Erika Potter was 1 for 1 and Lilie Kiser 1 for 2 for the Lady Rangers.

Unicoi County 3, William Blount 2

Betsabe Chavez was 3-for-3 for the Lady Blue Devils in the win over William Blount.

Allie Griffith proved solid in the circle, going six strong innings, striking out five and allowing seven hits. She was also sound at the plate, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double.

Unicoi County 8, Walker Valley 2

Carly Kinsler batted 3 for 3 and Allee Griffith turned in a good showing from the slab.

Samanta Chavez contributed two runs and a double for Unicoi.

Dobyns-Bennett 3, Sullivan Central 1

The Lady Indians couldn’t get anything going for the majority of the game against Sydney Snapp, but they finally broke through in the sixth.

Morgan Riffle also pitched brilliantly for the Tribe, going the distance and allowing just two hits.

Evee Battisto started off the inning for D-B with a walk and later scored on a series of Lady Cougars errors. Kassisdy Miller got the credit for the game-tying and go-ahead RBIs.

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