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Hilltoppers beat rain, Cherokee

Douglas Fritz • Mar 10, 2020 at 9:48 PM

It was raining — fairly hard at times — but Science Hill’s baseball team was undeterred.

The Hilltoppers broke things open with a seven-run third inning and capped the mercy-rule win with three runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 12-2 decision against Cherokee on Tuesday night at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

“We got it in,” said Science Hill head coach Ryan Edwards. “You gotta do what you gotta do with this weather we’re having.”

It was the second straight Big Seven Conference win over the Chiefs to start the season for the Hilltoppers, who beat Cherokee 10-1 in Monday’s season opener.

“It was good yesterday and today,” said Edwards. “We hit the ball and played solid defense. When we do those two things we will be very successful.”

THE BIG THIRD

Leading 1-0, the Hilltoppers broke the game open. Ashton Motte got the scoring started in the third inning with an RBI double. Hunter Phillips walked with the bases loaded to make it 3-0.

After an error plated a run, Caleb Marmo earned an RBI with a single. Jack Torbett added an RBI single to make it 6-0, and Matthew Levi’s double drove in the final two runs of the frame.

START AND FINISH

Science Hill took the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning when Landon Slemp cracked a line drive right at the center fielder. It wasn’t a base hit, but drove in the runner from third for a sacrifice fly.

Motte finished the game with a line drive RBI single to center field in the bottom of the fifth.

FOR CHEROKEE

Matt Newton got the Chiefs on the board in the top of the fourth inning. He hit a ground ball single to center field that plated two runs to make it 8-2.

PITCHING

Cole Torbett tossed a dominant three innings. He allowed one hit, struck out eight, and walked one. He didn’t return after a second rain delay.

“I wasn’t going to run him out there again this early in the season,” said Edwards.

LEADERS

Marmo finished 2 for 3 with three runs scored. Motte had two hits and two RBIs. Jack Torbett totaled two hits while Levi and Slemp each drove in a pari of runs.

Trent Price had two hits for the Chiefs.

MONDAY

In the season opener, Conner Hyatt rapped out four hits — including a home run — and drove in three runs. Marmo had two hits and scored three times. Slemp and Greg Carcich each had two hits and two RBIs.

Slemp got the win on the mound, going five innings without allowing a hit. He struck out five and walked three.

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