Dulaney home run breaks up tie game in eighth

Johnson City Press • Apr 12, 2019 at 11:26 PM

KINGSPORT—Ashlyn Dulaney launched a tie-breaking, two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning on Friday, ushering David Crockett toward a 6-2 Big Seven Conference softball victory over Dobyns-Bennett.

Dulaney’s one-out blast broke a 2-2 tie, and the Lady Pioneers padded their lead when Jenna Davis stroke a two-run single.

Kara Weems dominated from the pitching circle, allowing the Lady Indians just two hits. One was Kassidy Miller’s first-inning single that brought in two runs, both unearned.

Alyssa Suits cut Crockett’s deficit in half with an RBI double in the third. An inning later, Dulaney scored on an error by the D-B catcher.

Weems paced a 10-hit Lady Pioneers output, going 3 for 4 with a double.

Daniel Boone 7, Anderson County 3

KNOXVILLE—Nickolette Ferguson, McKenna Dietz and Greyson Stevens had two hits apiece for the Lady Trailblazers, who used Jaycie Jenkins’ three-run, fourth-inning home run to separate from Anderson County in the Knox Gibbs tournament.

Daniel Boone started nicely, taking a 2-0 first-inning lead with the aid of a Megan Ackerman double. It was a 3-1 game before Jenkins delivered her big blow.

Ackerman did the pitching for Boone, giving up seven hits and two earned runs. She had one strikeout and one walk.

The Lady ’Blazers amassed 11 hits.

Sullivan Central 14, University High 4

BLOUNTVILLE—Behind stellar offensive work from Courtney Willis (4 for 5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) and Jasmine Sheffield (3 for 5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), the Lady Cougars got the job done in six innings.

Willis and Sheffield each pounded out two doubles and a triple. Central turned nine of its 13 hits into extra bases (6 doubles, 3 triples).

Faith Campbell batted 2 for 3 with two RBIs in the victory. Ashley Steadman contributed a three-run double and two runs.

Willis pitched five innings of relief for the decision, surrendering three runs but just one that was earned.

Emily Morgan went 2 for 2 and scored twice for the Lady Bucs.

Cloudland 4, Happy Valley 3

ROAN MOUNTAIN—Jasmine Birchfield batted 2 for 3 with a pair of runs as the Lady Highlanders registered a hard-fought win over Happy Valley.

Singles from Heaven Caraway and Birchfield combined with a Kristi Bare RBI double were part of a two-run Cloudland sixth that snapped a 2-2 tie.

Kadie Havner homered to lead off the top of the seventh. Maddie Lingerfelt singled her way aboard with two outs, then the Lady ’Landers induced a game-ending fielder’s choice.

Claire Johnson and Lingerfelt collected two hits apiece for the Lady Warriors, with Johnson driving in a pair of runs.


Science Hill 19, Cherokee 3

ROGERSVILLE—Jayden Salts, Jannon Glaspie and Sejal Neas homered and combined for 11 RBIs in a Big Seven rout by the Lady Hilltoppers.

While Salts finished at 4 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs, Glaspie accumulated five RBIs in a 2-for-4, 2-run showing. Batting 2 for 3, Neal knocked in three runs.

Abigail Taylor had quite a game as well for Science Hill, going 3 for 5 (two doubles) with three runs and two RBIs. Emma Cullop went 2 for 4 and drew a pair of walks. Contributing a double to a 16-hit Lady ’Toppers output, Kasey Bennett added four runs and three bases on balls.

Neas worked all seven innings from the pitching circle, yielding two earned runs. She failed to walk a batter and collected 10 strikeouts.

Cherokee did all of its scoring in the bottom of the first inning, when Madison Carpenter’s two-run homer handed the Lady Chiefs a 3-2 edge. Paisley Lyons was 2 for 3 in a losing cause.

Cloudland 14, Sullivan North 4

ROAN MOUNTAIN—Led by Jasmine Birchfield at 3 for 3 with a triple, Cloudland racked up 15 hits in its six-inning conquest of Sullivan North. Reaching base four times, Birchfield was hit by a pitch and totaled three runs.

Kaylen Fields (double, 2 runs), Kristi Bare (double, 2 runs) and Leah Birchfield each accounted for two hits and three RBIs. Two-hit games also came from Heaven Caraway (double), Kenzie Birchfield (3 runs) and Taylor Hicks (2 RBIs).

B. Robinson banged out two hits for the Lady Golden Raiders.


Hampton 14, Hancock County 2

SNEEDVILLE—Making his first career start and notching his second career win from the mound, senior Devin Riddle didn’t give up an earned run over four innings.

Riddle put up four strikeouts against no walks while Mitchell Tolley and Morgan Lyons each had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Parker Henry drove in two runs as well.

The Indians were held to three hits in the five-inning contest.

Johnson County 14, FCA 1

Asa Lewis socked two doubled, drove in two runs and finished 4 for 4 as the Longhorns rolled over the Flames.

Five players added two hits apiece to Johnson County’s 17-hit day, including Bradley Lavorsi, who also accounted for two runs and three RBIs. Others getting in on the act were Petie Pavusek (double, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Ben Howard (2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Ethan Icenhour (2 runs) and Reise Stout (double).

Stacy Greer doubled and walked twice. Lavorsi (2 IP), Zach Parsons (2) and Eric Neely (1) combined to hold FCA to three hits.

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