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Four consecutive Big Seven titles for Lady 'Blazers

Johnson City Press • Apr 30, 2019 at 10:28 PM

CHURCH HILL—Ending a near-perfect Big Seven run, Daniel Boone captured its fourth consecutive conference championship on Tuesday with a 4-3 eight-inning conquest of stubborn Volunteer.

Improving to 41-6 with an 11-1 league worksheet, the Lady Trailblazers won their third outright title in the aforementioned time frame after sharing last year’s crown with David Crockett.

A Bug Hubbard RBI single broke a 3-3 tie against the Lady Falcons (17-14, 4-8 Big 7).

Jaycie Jenkins singled home a first-inning run for Boone. Brylee Mesusan led off the third with a double before Megan Ackerman drove her home.

With two outs in the fifth, Jenkins singled and advanced to second on an outfielder’s error. Ackerman sent her home with a hit up the middle.

In the bottom of the inning, Volunteer tied things up at 3 when Aliyah Crawley clubbed a solo homer.

Ackerman paced a 12-hit Boone assault by batting 3 for 4, collecting two RBIs in the process. Contributing two hits apiece were Mesusan (2 runs), Jenkins and Camryn Sarvis.

Jersey Wines led Volunteer with three hits in four at-bats.

Earning a complete-game victory from the circle was Ackerman, who gave up eight hits and tallied five strikeouts against one walk.

Sydney Allen went the distance for Volunteer, yielding 12 hits, striking out four batters and walking none.

David Crockett 7, Elizabethton 3

Four hits, including Ashlyn Dulaney’s two-run double, and a pair of walks propelled the Lady Pioneers to a 5-0 first-inning advantage.

Alyssa Suits, Kara Weems and Haley Arrowood accounted for RBI singles in the early Crockett surge.

Dulaney, who went 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs, and Maddie Roy later added solo home runs.

Weems hurled a complete game, allowing five hits and one earned run. She registered six strikeouts.

The Lady Cyclones were topped by Hannah Edwards at 2 for 3.

Happy Valley 4, Johnson County 1

MOUNTAIN CITY—Allie Grindstaff laced a hit into right field to score two runs in the eighth inning as the Lady Warriors overcame the Lady Longhorns.

Macy Puckett had two hits and Laura Rice and Maddie Lingerfelt each drove in runs.

Previously, the Lady Warriors walked Johnson County’s Hannah Brooks for the game-tying run. Abby Holt came in facing a 2-0 count in a relief role to record the next out and give Happy Valley the chance it needed.

Natalie Winters went 2 for 2 for Johnson County.

South Greene 7, Unaka 4

GREENEVILLE—The Lady Rangers scored four runs in the fourth innings, but came up empty the rest of the way against the Lady Rebels.

Madison Pierce had a two-run homer and was 2 for 4 at the plate.

Lillie Kiser and Taylor Potter also had RBIs. Kailey Wilson suffered the loss, while Kiser faced one batter at the end.

BASEBALL

Daniel Boone 12, Elizabethton 6

ELIZABETHTON—Digging their way out of an early 4-0 hole, the Trailblazers won behind four Cade Elliott RBIs and three hits from Anthony Edwards.

Logan Rivers (2 RBIs, 2 runs), Brody Goodman (2 runs), Adams (double, 2 RBIs), Elliott (double) and Ben Allen each banged out two hits apiece for Boone, which used a six-run fifth to erase a 5-3 Elizabethton edge.

Lawson Wagner had a pair of RBIs for the Cyclones. Jacob Mullins went 1 for 1 and walked twice.

Hampton 10, FCA Flames 4

HAMPTON—Avenging a March road loss to the Flames, Hampton won pretty convincingly on its senior night.

The Bulldogs’ lone senior, Devin Riddle, notched his second pitching start of the season. He earned the victory by going 3 2/3 innings, yielding no earned runs and striking out two batters.

Josh Owens anchored the Hampton offense, going 2 for 4. A.J. Andrews, who went 2 for 3 with a double, and James Lee and his two RBIs were tops for the Flames.

Hampton and North Greene meet in the District 1-A tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at David Crockett.

Sullivan East 11, David Crockett 4

BLUFF CITY—The Patriots got even after losing to the Pioneers a night earlier. East broke the game open with eight runs over the fourth and fifth innings.

Perry Casaday, Dylan White and Bryson Burgess all went 2 for 4 and homered for East. Burgess ended with three RBIs, while White had two RBIs and two runs scored. Tanner Leffew scored three times.

For Crockett, Cade Larkins ended 2 for 4, including a two-run home run in the final inning. Grady Cash also hit 2 for 4.

White was the winning pitcher, while Nolan Miller was saddled with the loss.

Sullivan North 5, Providence Academy 2

KINGSPORT — Hunter Dingus picked up his sixth inning, striking out nine batters in 5 2/3 innings.

Cole Bear picked up the save. Tyler Depriest and Dale Potter each had two hits.

BOYS SOCCER

Science Hill 7, Tennessee High 0

BRISTOL—Dylan Sanchez scored five of the seven goals in the Hilltoppers’ rout of the Vikings.

Carson Cox had a goal and an assist, while Dan Good scored Science Hill’s other goals.

Ethan DiSantis assisted on two goals and Mateo Koch also had an assist.

University High 6, Hampton 0

Senior night left the Buccaneers with much to feel good about.

Walker Page and Moses Rathbun converted two goals apiece, with Page also producing an assist.

Malachi Heath and Andrew Jarvis added to the Bucs’ scoring output, which benefitted from two Will Owen assists.

UH (12-3) which celebrated the careers of seniors Austin Baines, Heath and Page, led the district match 5-0 at halftime.

The lone senior defender, Baines, led the effort to hold the Bulldogs in check. Hampton was allowed only five as the Bucs secured their seventh shutout of the season.

Dobyns-Bennett 9, David Crockett 0

Sam Garcia accounted for three goals, Jack Perry coupled a goal with three assists and Dobyns-Bennett dispatched the Pioneers.

Spencer Correll collected three assists of his own. The Indians outshot Crockett 27-1, getting two goals from Will Arrowood. Marshall Palmer had a goal and an assist.

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