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Chavez, Lady Blue Devils sew up Three Rivers title

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 23, 2019 at 11:54 PM

ERWIN—With two Samanta Chavez home runs equating to five RBIs, Unicoi County pinned a 12-1, six-inning loss on Sullivan East in Tuesday’s Three Rivers Conference softball play.

Better yet for the Lady Blue Devils (27-6, 11-0), they clinched the conference championship.

Ripping a two-run homer in a six-run Unicoi fifth inning that made it an 8-0 game, Chavez added a three-run shot in the sixth. Her 3-for-4 day also came with a double and three runs.

Halie Hawkins (2 RBIs) and Ashtan Vance (double) each went 2 for 3 for the Lady Devils, who got a five-hitter and eight strikeouts from pitcher Allee Griffith.

Cayden Bawgus enabled the second-place Lady Patriots (16-11, 8-2) to avoid a shutout by clubbing a sixth-inning homer. She and Jillian Shackelford (double) produced 2-for-3 efforts.

Johnson County 17, Hampton 0

MOUNTAIN CITY — Bella Miller and Hailey Rider combined on a two-hit shutout in the Lady Longhorns’ win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Miller also had a three-run home run in the first inning.

Diamond Dibble went 2 for 3 with a triple and scored three runs, while Maddi Edington had two doubles and scored two runs.

Getting plenty of offensive production, Cassidy Lakatos scored four runs. Tiffany Price crossed the plate three times and Natalie Winters scored twice.

Dobyns-Bennett 5, Cherokee 0

ROGERSVILLE — Morgan Riffle starred at the plate and in the circle to lead the Lady Indians over the Lady Chiefs.

She struck out nine and gave up three hits and two walks in a complete game. At the plate, she was 3 for 4 with a double, a solo home run and three runs scored.

Kassidy Miller was 2 for 4 and Brandy Hannoway drove in two runs. Emma Allgood and Makaila Collier each had doubles. Morgan Lawson suffered the loss for Cherokee.

Sullivan South 7, Sullivan Central 3

BLOUNTVILLE — Laura Dade went 4 for 4 with three RBIs to lead the Lady Rebels. Her totals included two doubles and a two-run double in the first inning.

McKenzie Wallen was 2 for 4 and also drove in three runs as South finished league play 8-4 on a three-game win streak. Bradley Warner was 2 for 3 with a double.

Nicole Troutman earned the win, giving up eight hits.

Ashley Steadman was 3 for 4 with two RBIs to lead Central.

Unaka 11, North Greene 6

ELIZABETHTON — Taylor Shanks had four hits and three RBIs as the Lady Rangers scored the regular-sweep of the Lady Huskies.

Sadie Shoun was the winning pitcher and she also had three hits on the offensive end. Erika Potter drove in three runs and Kailey Wilson threw 1 2/3 innings in relief.

Abby Laws drove in three runs and Abi Painter had three hits for North Greene.

Sullivan North 9, University High 8

Elaina Gilliam’s two-out single in the top of the seventh inning scored courtesy runner Malaika Freeman, breaking an 8-8 tie.

The Buccaneers had scored three times in the fourth and four runs in the sixth to battle back from an 8-1 deficit.

Makayla Estep, Alexis Lipoma and Kaitlyn Lemmons all contributed two hits to a 12-hit North output. Estep recorded three RBIs while Lipoma, who tripled, drove in a pair of runs. Lemmons scored three times.

Brooklyn Robinson pitched four innings for the victory, yielding four unearned runs.

Banging out a pair of hits apiece for UH were Katy Stancil (2 RBIs) Emily Morgan (2 runs) and Aly Abia (2 runs).

BOYS SOCCER

David Crockett 1, Tennessee High 0

John Plaisted scored with 35 seconds left as the Pioneers scored a first-ever win over the Vikings.

Hunter Harris assisted on the goal, stretching out to get it to Plaisted, who stretched to get it past the Vikings’ goalkeeper.

Crockett dominated the action and controlled possession for most of the match.

Science Hill 4, Daniel Boone 0

Sunjae Peak and Dylan Sanchez each had a goal and an assist to lead the Hilltoppers over the Trailblazers.

Mateo Koch got the scoring started with a free kick. Dan Good scored off an assist by Paek for a 2-0 lead.

The ’Toppers led by three after Sanchez assisted Paek. Hamdi Ahmed assisted on the final goal by Sanchez.

University High 5, West Greene 0

MOSHEIM—University High showed why it’s in first place in District 1-A, proving too much for West Greene.

The scoring got started when Bracken Burns placed a corner for Pate Anglin, who headed the ball into the net. Ten minutes later, Will Owen crossed the ball to Malachi Heath, who headed it in for the second goal.

UH went up 3-0 when Andrew Jarvis found the ball of the net. With 10 minutes left in the first half, forward Walker Page took the ball away from two defenders and hit a quick turn-around shot. In the second half, West Greene held the Buffs in check until the final four minutes, when UH collected an own-goal after a hard shot by Burns.

Goalkeepers Viraj Brambhatt and Tyler Barnes combined for the shutout.

BASEBALL

David Crockett 13, Volunteer 2

CHURCH HILL — The Pioneers scored eight runs in the fifth inning to blow open a close game and put an early end to it.

Landon Quillen went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Dakota Stout also drove in three runs, while Grady Cash had two doubles, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

Cody Wheeley drove in two runs, drew two walks and scored twice. Sean Hayes also ended with two RBIs, while Cade Larkins drew three walks and scored two runs.

As a team, Crockett had 10 hits and drew 10 walks.

Nolan Miller got the win, giving up five hits over the five innings. Tucker Bellamy suffered the loss for the Falcons, while Caleb Trent had a RBI.

University High 10, Unaka 0

Michael Degennaro threw 11 strikeouts in a three-hit shutout for the Bucs against the Rangers.

Leading 4-0 in the fourth, the Bucs scored six in the fifth to put an early end to the Watauga Valley Conference matchup.

Esau Byrd went 2 for 3 and drove in three runs to lead University High at the plate. Kaleb Meredith was 2 for 3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Degennaro helped himself with 2-for-2 showing with two runs scored, while Brant Hare also had a pair of hits.

John Ramsey had a triple to lead Unaka.

Elizabethton 11, Sullivan Central 0

BLOUNTVILLE — The Cyclones’ Matthew Dailey shut down the Cougars, hurling eight strikeouts and giving up just one hit in the five-inning victory.

Dailey went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.

A pair of Evans also gave Central more fits. Evan Perkins was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while Evan Carter was also 2 for 3 and scored three times.

Other leaders included Jacob Mullins with two hits, Lawson Wagner with two RBIs and Bryson Rollins with a double and two runs scored.

Dobyns-Bennett 7, Tennessee High 5

BRISTOL — Jake Timbes hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to rally the Indians past the Vikings and to win the Big Seven Conference title.

Timbes pitched the final inning to record the save after Brogan Beckner threw the first four innings and Sebastian Fugate threw the next two to pick up the win. D-B took advantage of four Tennessee High errors.

Davis Hall suffered the loss, as CJ Hess and Jarrett Powell each had RBIs for the Vikings.

Johnson County 5, Unicoi County 1

ERWIN — Weston Throop went 2 for 2 with three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning, to lift the Longhorns over the Blue Devils.

Asa Lewis had two hits, while Ben Howard and Stacy Greer also drove in runs.

Jayden Joiner picked up the win with 10 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Unicoi County’s Peyton Whitson had nine strikeouts, but suffered the loss, giving up six hits. Brett Strother had two hits for the Blue Devils.

Sullivan North 3, Hampton 1

HAMPTON—Hunter Dingus hurled a one-hitter at the Bulldogs, striking out six batters and walking one.

Cole Bear and Tyler Bowman had two hits apiece, with Bear driving in a run. Hampton’s hit was supplied by freshman Morgan Lyons.

Hampton starting pitcher Josh Owens was solid over 5 1/3 innings, then Dalton Rouse turned in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless work.

Sullivan South 15, Sullivan East 0

BLUFF CITY — Cole Layne had a grand slam in an eight-run second inning for the Rebels against the Patriots.

Layne finished with two hits and two runs scored in addition to four RBIs. Austin Monds scored three runs, while Chase Bowery and Drew Creech each went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Peyton Stanley also had two hits.

Bowery had a shutdown effort on the mound, limiting East to just two hits.

Cloudland 15, Hancock County 5

ROAN MOUNTAIN—Aided by a three-run Collin Morgan homer, the Highlanders earned their second win of the season.

Morgan, who finished with four RBIs, and Jordan Issacs had two hits apiece while Josh Stevens drove in three runs.

Dillon Johnson authored an effective performance from the mound.

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