Neas, Lady Hilltoppers throttle Tennessee High

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 5, 2019 at 12:22 AM

With pitcher Sejal Neas turning in an authoritative performance, Science Hill blanked Tennessee High 5-0 in Thursday’s Big Seven Conference softball action.

Neas tossed a complete game, limiting the Lady Vikings to five hits. She finished with nine strikeouts with no walks.

Bree Presnell was Science Hill’s main offensive cog, going 2 for 2 with a two-run triple and a bases-loaded walk.

Jannon Glaspie had a 2-for-3 day for the Lady Hilltoppers, who received a double and two RBIs from Kasey Bennett.

Tennessee High’s Bailey Lamb went 2 for 3 and started from the circle, giving up three runs (all unearned) over four innings.

Unicoi County 8, Johnson County 2

MOUNTAIN CITY—Samanta Chavez banged out three hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored twice in a solid win for the Lady Blue Devils.

Bella Bogart also batted 3 for 4 as Unicoi racked up 16 hits. Ashtan Vance, Carly Kinsler, Cassie Selvage and Halie Hawkins each accounted for two hits, with Vance knocking in a pair of runs.

Hawkins had three of the Lady Devils’ eight stolen bases and Allee Griffith pitched five innings of one-hit ball, recording seven strikeouts.

Johnson County’s Hannah Brooks was 2 for 3 while Lyndsey Willis went 1 for 1 with a double, sacrifice fly and hit-by-pitch.

DuPont Manuel 8, David Crockett 6

ORLANDO, Fla.—The Lady Pioneers came up short despite getting five RBIs from Kara Weems.

Weems, whose third-inning grand slam lifted Crockett to a 4-3 edge, and teammates Matty McKee and Alyssa Suits each batted for 3 for 5. McKee added a pair of runs.

David Crockett 8, Beaver 4

ORLANDO, Fla.—Ashlyn Dulaney clubbed a grand slam in a six-run sixth inning that erased a 4-2 Beaver advantage.

Matty McKee drew a bases-loaded walk and Riley Hope delivered an RBI single to knot the score at 4, setting up Dulaney’s tie-breaking blast.

Dulaney (2 runs) and Jenna Davis both went 2 for 3 for the Lady Pioneers. Davis got the job done from the pitching circle, allowing two earned runs in her seven innings of work.

Daniel Boone 11, Jackson Central, Ky. 2

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Makenna Dance’s RBI fielder’s choice broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning and Savannah Jesse stroked a three-run home run in a six-run Daniel Boone seventh.

Jackson Central did little damage against pitcher Megan Ackerman, who racked up nine strikeouts. McKenna Dietz had two hits, including a double, while Dance and Dannah Persinger each contributed a pair of RBIs.

Unaka 11, Sullivan North 1

KINGSPORT—Going 3 for 4 with four RBIs, Lilie Kiser fueled a six-inning victory by Unaka.

Kendall Bare added a 3-for-4 effort of her own, Madison Pierce batted 2 for 3 with a pair of runs and Noelle Collins and Tayla Potter chimed in with two RBIs apiece. Taylor Shanks stole a pair of bases.

Kailey Wilson pitched three shutout innings, yielding one hit before Sadie Shoun went the final three frames.

Elizabethton 12, Sullivan Central 9

BLOUNTVILLE—Maddie O’Quinn and Marley Wagner each produced three hits and a pair of runs as the Lady Cyclones got past the Cougars.

Autumn Hensley harvested three RBIs while Maggie Johnson (2 runs), Haley Fair, Kira Dillard and Kaylen Shell each contributed two hits.

O’Quinn and Johnson both accounted for a pair of RBIs. Fair doubled twice in a 17-hit attack.

Sullivan Central accumulated 13 hits, with four coming from Maddie Flannagan (2 runs). Jasmine Sheffield (3 RBIs), Ashley Steadman (2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Madison Horne (2 RBIs) totaled two hits apiece.

Elizabethton pushed across seven third-inning runs to snap a 5-5 tie.

North Greene 11, University High 4

BAILEYTON—Abby Keys tallied three RBIs in a 2-for-3 showing for the Lady Huskies, who exploited five University High errors for six unearned runs.

Jada Antonelli doubled and tripled in the victory, which included good pitching from Abby Laws (2 ER, 6 Ks).

Topping the Lady Bucs was Cyndia Dobbins at 3 for 4. Aly Abla had a 2-for-3 day while Katy Stancil dented a two-run double.

Sullivan East 5, Sullivan South 0

BLUFF CITY—Kylee Wolfe fired a seven-hit shutout, striking out eight batters along the way.

Kinzie Brown and Cassie Littleford were each good for two Lady Patriots hits. Brown homered and Littleford knocked in a pair of runs.

The Lady Rebels’ Katie Conkin went 3 for 3 and Laura Dade 2 for 2.


Hampton 4, Avery County, N.C. 3

HAMPTON—Forcing extra innings with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning, junior Weston Street also ended the game with an RBI single in the ninth.

Street’s sac fly was the only run scored against Avery County starting pitcher Austin Waldroop, who struck out eight batters over 7 1/3 innings.

The Vikings went up 3-1 in the ninth before Hampton rallied behind doubles from Dalton Rouse, Caleb Royston and Landen Street. After almost coming up with a walk-off hit down the left-field line, lone Bulldogs senior Devin Riddle prolonged the inning by getting to first when the ball got past Avery’s catcher on a strikeout.

Riddle, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, pitched in relief for his first high school victory. There were runners at the corner when Weston Street’s hit broke a 3-3 tie.

Avery’s Ty Smith was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.

Sullivan South 8, Sullivan North 4

KINGSPORT — After the Golden Raiders rallied to tie the game in the sixth inning, the Rebels plated four runs in the seventh to pull out the victory.

Austin Monds had two hits, scored two runs and added a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh. James Seto and Drew Creech also had two hits, while Jeffrey Leonard also scored two runs.

Jacob Light pitched into the sixth inning before giving way to Creech, who got the win.

For North, Casey Hartsell had two hits, including a RBI single for the Raiders’ first run. Dale Potter had a RBI single in the sixth inning as he along with Brandon Wilhoit and Chandler Raleigh accounted for the tying runs.


University High 6, Chuckey-Doak 1

Behind a three-goal performance from Moses Rathbun, the Buccaneers had their way with Chuckey-Doak.

Senior and all-state forward Walker Page was injured when a Black Knights defender found his ankle within the first three minutes. Page’s temporary replacement, sophomore Andrew Jarvis, came in and converted on a breakaway for the opening half’s lone goal.

The second half started off again with physical play as UH’s Will Owen was fouled hard in the box, resulting in a PK. Pate Anglin made good on the penalty chance, giving the Bucs a 2-0 edge.

Rathbun found the back of the net in the 53rd and 65th minutes, widening the gap to 4-0 before the Black Knights got on the board in the 73rd minute.

Four minutes later, Rathbun struck again — this time on a Page assist.

The Bucs’ defense put together a solid effort against Black Knights, helping improve the team’s record to 2-0 in conference play and 6-1 overall.

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