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McDavid fires five-inning no-no, Indians cruise

By JOHNNY WILSON, Sports Correspondent • Apr 3, 2019 at 12:37 AM

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett can consider the first Tuesday of April an outstanding afternoon for its ever-improving baseball team.

With junior Jackson McDavid fashioning a no-hitter and a pair of teammates blasting no-doubt home runs, the Indians cruised to a 10-0 mercy-rule win over Big 7 Conference rival David Crockett at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

The victory was the fourth in a row for the Indians (10-5, 5-1), who completed a home-and-home sweep of the Pioneers (3-8, 1-5).

“We’re getting a little bit better each day at some things,” said D-B coach Ryan Wagner, whose club edged Crockett 3-2 on Monday. “Gaining confidence.”

START FAST, THEN BLAST OFF

The Tribe grabbed a 2-0 edge in the first inning, getting a booming double from Derek Thurston and an RBI single by McDavid, plus taking advantage of a Crockett throwing error that plated the game’s first run.

D-B powered up in a five-run fourth, fueled by a three-run bomb to left-center by Thurston. The Tribe also manufactured two runs with a pair of walks, two stolen bases, three wild pitches and an RBI groundout from Grayson England. One of Crockett’s three infield errors on the day began that decisive uprising.

Up 7-0 entering the home fifth, Aaron Farley lined an RBI single before Brogan Beckner ended the game with a two-run laser off the scoreboard in right.

“We came up with some situational things early in the game to get us the lead,” Wagner said. “Then we bunted a little to get that big inning going — although we weren’t perfect at it — and then later we had some big home runs, too.

“It was a good confidence-booster for our offense and our whole team.”

McDAVID TOO TOUGH

A 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-hander, McDavid pitched to contact to get his no-no.

“Never had one in Little League or anything, so it’s good,” said McDavid, who struck out three. “I just tried to fill up the zone and let my D play behind me.”

Wagner is used to such an outing from McDavid.

“Jackson was really good tonight,” the coach said. “Just like he was Day 1 against Daniel Boone a few weeks ago.”

McDavid and Thurston each had two of D-B’s nine base hits.

Grady Cash took the loss for Crockett after working the initial 3 2/3 innings.

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