Lady Trailblazers, Blue Devils produced lopsided victories

Johnson City Press • Mar 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM

KINGSPORT—On Thursday, Daniel Boone began its softball season in authoritative fashion.

Collecting 17 hits, the Lady Trailblazers defeated Big Seven Conference foe Dobyns-Bennett 19-0 in five innings.

Three players — Brylee Mesusan, Jaycie Jenkins and Emma Robinette — were at the forefront of Boone’s offensive onslaught. Mesusan finished 3 for 3 with a double, a two-run home run, three runs and four RBIs while Jenkins stuffed a double, a two-run homer of her own, three RBIs and four runs into a 3-for-4 effort. As for Robinette, she belted a three-run homer en route to a 3-for-4 day.

Freshman Macy Masters made a major impact, driving in four runs. Going 2 for 4, she doubled, homered with a teammate on base and scored three times.

Nickolette Ferguson contributed a 2-for-3, 2-RBI performance. Earning six strikeouts, Ferguson allowed just two base runners (1 hit, 1 hit batter) while operating from the pitching circle.

Unicoi County 17, Sullivan Central 3

BLOUNTVILLE — Unicoi County ended the competitive phase of this five-inning affair rather quickly, ambushing the Lady Cougars for 10 runs in the top of the first inning.

Thirteen hits were distributed among nine Lady Blue Devils with Samantha Chavez and Kiley Bennett each going 2 for 3. Chavez, who doubled, chalked up five RBIs in the contest — and Bennett accounted for two runs and two RBIs. Furthermore, a Betsabe Chavez two-bagger drove home a pair of runs.

Grindstaff pitched three shutout innings, recording four strikeouts, before Hannah Shelton worked the fourth and fifth. They combined to hold the Lady Cougars to one hit (Nicole Stidham).

David Crockett 8, Volunteer 3

CHURCH HILL—Ashlyn Dulaney and Riley Hope homered and drove in three runs apiece in a comfortable win for the Lady Pioneers.

Dulaney batted 3 for 3 while Hope finished 2 for 4 with a pair of runs. Turning one of her hits into a double, Alyssa Suits also went 2 for 4 for Crockett — which got seven innings from pitcher Jenna Davis. Yielding two earned runs, Davis failed to walk a batter.

Aliyah Crawley was 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in topping the Lady Falcons. Kendra Huff batted 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Elizabethton 10, Happy Valley 1

ELIZABETHTON—The Lady Cyclones piled up 13 hits, all singles, in turning back visiting Happy Valley.

Madisun Pritchard (three RBIs), Marley Wagner, Maddie O’Quinn and Kaylen Shell produced two hits apiece in the victory. Shell added two runs and Kenidy Harris accounted for a pair of RBIs.

Pritchard handled the pitching chores for ’Betsy, accumulating eight strikeouts and holding the Lady Warriors to three hits. Maddie Lingerfelt had two of those hits in three at-bats.

Unaka 13, Hampton 0

HAMPTON—The Lady Bulldogs were keeping this one competitive until Unaka exploded for 10 fourth-inning runs to close the scoring.

Sadie Shoun batted 3 for 4 with a double and three runs on the afternoon. Lilie Kiser clubbed two triples and Kendall Bare a pair of doubles, with both players accounting for a pair of RBIs.

Teammates joining Kiser and Bare in the two-hit department were Noelle Collins (2 runs), Beth Lowe (2 runs) and Alana Parsons. Collins banged out a double — Unaka tallied six extra-base hits — and Hailey Gilman drove in two runs.

Trinity Bowers (3 IP, 7 Ks) and Kailey Wilson limited Hampton to two hits (Destini Milhorn, Madison Setlock).


Hampton 8, Happy Valley 4

ELIZABETHTON — Josh Owens struck out eight batters in 6 2/3 innings and Dalton Rouse blasted a two-run home run as Hampton knocked off Happy Valley in a non-conference baseball matchup at Cannon-Gouge Park.

Weston Street, Caleb Royston and Josh Stout each had two hits for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-0 and play host to Hancock County on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Owens helped his own cause with a double.

Spearheading the Warriors was Andrew Little at 3 for 3 with a double. Jacob Absher batted 2 for 4.

Chuckey-Doak 5, Sullivan East 4

AFTON—Scoring twice in the top of the seventh, the Patriots had runners on second and third base before the Black Knights pitcher Jaylen Willett induced a game-ending pop fly to second baseman Wade Fletcher.

Both teams pounded out 10 hits. Leading Chuckey-Doak with two apiece were Cadin Tullock (double, 2 RBIs), Fletcher (2 RBIs), Willett (2 runs) and Hunter Ball.

Sullivan East’s Perry Casaday homered and doubled in a 3-for-4 showing. Going 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Dylan White also went yard. Luke Hare doubled and scored twice.

Sullivan North 12, Tri-Cities Flames 11

KINGSPORT—Dale Potter had a hit to lead off bottom of seventh inning and eventually crossed the plate with the tying run. Tristan Jobe delivered a game-ending single, driving in Braydon Wilhoit.

Tyler Depriest had two hits for the Golden Raiders. Chandler Raleigh gained the pitching win in relief.


Dobyns-Bennett 6, Tennessee High 0

BRISTOL—With Maddox Devinney, Will Arrowood and Martin Torres playing prominent roles, Dobyns-Bennett breezed past conference opponent Tennessee High.

Devinney and Arrowood, each striking for two goals, and Torres, who contributed a goal and two assists, all accounted for four points.

Brayden Conner added a goal and Gavyn McGhee an assist as the Indians got the job done in one-sided fashion. In fact, D-B totaled 19 on-goal shots as it outshot the Vikings 37-1 overall.

Now 2-0 on the season, the Indians had beaten David Crockett 6-0 on Tuesday.

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