It was a five-inning affair that produced five RBIs off the bat of Neas, who ripped a three-run homer in the fourth inning to cap a 3-for-3 effort at the dish. On top of that, she hurled a walk-free three-hitter.
Abigail Taylor provided strong complementary work, going 3 for 3 (double) and driving in three runs. Also for the Lady Hilltoppers, Jannon Glaspie went 1 for 1, scored three times, drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.
The win was part of a 3-0 day for the ‘Toppers, who outscored their opponents by a combined score of 32-2.
Unicoi’s Cassie Selvage, Chloe Powers and Samanta Chavez accounted for the Lady Blue Devils’ hits.
Science Hill 6, Chuckey-Doak 2
Kasey Bennett and Bree Presnell each doubled, had two hits and supplied a pair of runs for the Lady Hilltoppers.
Emma Cullop bopped a two-run triple, Jannon Glaspie drove in two runs and Zoey Cooper threw all five innings, allowing just one earned run.
Science Hill 17, Sullivan South 0
With Science Hill totaling 11 hits and seven walks, this one lasted just three innings. The Lady Hilltoppers scored 11 times in the third.
Jannon Glaspie, who went 2 for 2 with three runs and a two-run home run, tallied three RBIs — and Makenzie Smith’s three-run homer capped all scoring.
Kasey Bennett and Abigail Taylor added 2-for-2 showings. Bennett also had three runs and two RBIs, with Taylor denting a double and scoring twice.
Zoey Cooper chimed in with a two-run double and a pair of runs.
The Lady Rebels failed to manage a hit against Sejal Neas, who accumulated five strikeouts.
Unicoi County 9, Grainger 8
Capping a four-run fourth inning for the home team, Samanta Chavez tagged a game-ending, two-run home run.
With one out, Chloe Powers and Allee Griffith struck for back-to-back RBI doubles before Chavez stepped to the plate for her dramatic swing of the bat.
Halie Hawkins, who opened Unicoi’s fourth with a single, and Powers each batted 2 for 3. Hawkins produced three stolen bases and a pair of runs, with Chavez also scoring twice.
Unicoi County 12, Chuckey-Doak 3
The Lady Blue Devils’ Bella Bogart doubled and drove in two runs in a 2-for-3 showing.
Betsabe Chavez homered, Allee Griffith tallied a pair of RBIs and Chloe Powers accounted for a double and two runs in the four-inning contest.
Sullivan South 2, Unaka 1
Allison Chapman and Katie Conkin socked consecutive doubles in the bottom of the sixth inning, sending Chapman across the plate with the game-ending run.
Conklin was 2 for 2 and Mackenzie Compton 2 for 3 for the Lady Rebels, who turned four of their seven hits into two-baggers. South pitcher Nicole Troutman went the distance, tossing a five-hitter.
Unaka’s Sadie Shoun took the circle in early relief and went the rest of the way. She took a hard loss, yielding only the run that snapped the 1-1 tie.
The Lady Rangers’ Kendall Bare went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk.